Scarecrows gather in he Cushman Park in the center of Bernardston for the annual contest in October 2012. These guys look like they just graduated. Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Kiwanis scares up money for Bernardston students

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Scarecrows are good for fall decoration and can sometimes keep pests away from crops. In Bernardston, they’re also able to help schoolchildren go places. The local Kiwanis Club’s October Scarecrow in the Park event is the club’s biggest annual money-maker, helping the organization provide scholarships to local students. Last fall’s festival did better than expected, allowing the club to donate $600 to Bernardston Elementary School to help the school’s sixth-graders get to Boston by paying for one of the buses that will take the students on their class trip. The club also routinely gives three $500 scholarships at graduation. The festival has grown … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Bernardston volunteerism produces public safety garage

Monday, December 8, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The town’s new public safety garage had been built, without costing taxpayers a dime. The 36-foot-square garage was funded by a $30,000 grant from Vermont Yankee parent company Entergy. Volunteers from the nuclear power plant and the Bernardston community rolled up their sleeves and built the … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Letter: Crime and outcry

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The evidence: After robbing a convenience store, the robber was confronted by a police officer. The robber became arrogant, resisting arrest and a scuffle began. Resistance became a threat to the officer’s life causing said officer to shoot. The afterclap: This kind of lawlessness happens every day in … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

North County Notebook

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hunter’s supper tonight in Warwick WARWICK — The town will hold a hunter’s supper tonight in Town Hall. There will be two seatings, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and take-out orders will be served as well. The menu includes braised beef, homemade onion soup, mashed potatoes, squash, … 0

I-91 suicide victim was firefighter charged with rape

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The man found dead in an apparent suicide in an Interstate 91 rest stop was a Springfield firefighter recently charged with sexual assault. Luis Rodriguez, 38, of Springfield, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Tuesday morning, according to state police. … 0

State Police investigate apparent suicide at rest stop

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BERNARDSTON — State police are investigating an apparent suicide at a rest stop just south of the Vermont border on northbound Interstate 91 early Tuesday morning. “At 8:20 a.m., a female motorist pulled into the rest area and saw a car revving and smoke coming out of it,” … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0

Brass tactics

Sunday, November 30, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The brass bells of a dozen tubas, baritones and euphoniums sounded Sunday afternoon in Bernardston, as the annual Tuba Christmas concert rang in the season in a new venue. The musicians practiced for less than an … 0