About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me to The Shea in Turners Falls, three … 0

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller reviewed statewide data and found that elementary classrooms with fewer than 20 students don’t need … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Kiwanis start new holiday tradition in Bernardston with free pancakes

Saturday, December 19, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The smell of pure maple syrup filled the air at the United Church of Bernardston Saturday morning as residents poured the New England staple on their free pancakes. The meal was sponsored by the Bernardston Kiwanis … 0

Eversource brings carbon awareness to classrooms

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Eversource Energy has invited numerous Franklin County schools to participate in a few of the company’s educational programs to promote awareness about the impacts of carbon in the atmosphere, which contributes to global climate change. Eversource has integrated its programs into eastern Massachusetts schools for the past three … 0

Friends, coworkers remember Bill Pratt: Well-liked town moderator dead at 74

Saturday, December 19, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Longtime resident D. William “Bill” Pratt lost his battle with cancer and died earlier this week at the age of 74. Pratt was a highly regarded citizen and known for his town contributions. A real estate … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe during the holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are starting to slow down and speed up all at the same time. While there aren’t as many public events between now and New Year’s Eve, everyone is getting ready for their own family celebrations. … 0

MBI, WiredWest work to settle differences over broadband plan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is … 0

Letter: Many preachers

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Isn’t it interesting that people who know little and, or, care little about Jesus, love to preach Jesus to the clergy? This is answered in Matthew Chapter 24, where the true Jesus reveals himself amongst many counterfeits ... then and now. The clergy of the true church must … 0

Kiwanis Club to offer free breakfast Saturday

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The Kiwanis Club will host a free pancake breakfast with Santa Claus at the United Church of Bernardston on Saturday. The club will serve pancakes, maple syrup, sausage, coffee, milk and a variety of juice from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Santa will arrive at 8 a.m. … 0

Jaywalking: Bourbeau rules national amateur billiard event

Monday, December 14, 2015

Does anyone remember County Billiards in Turners Falls? I sure do. It has a decade and a half since the pool hall — which opened in 1991 and was located in the SuperValu Foods (now Food City) parking … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield Cop Cards return after 15 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. Greenfield Police Department has announced the long-awaited return of Cop Cards. It’s been 15 years since the last baseball-card-style set came out, and there have been a lot of changes since then. I bet there may … 0

Letter: Changing our currency

Monday, December 14, 2015

I’m writing this letter about our U.S. currency. All of the presidents whose photos are pictured on the bills (except for Abe Lincoln), have one “not so good thing” in common. They were all slave owners ... along with six other presidents as well. Some, actually, while in … 1