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Bernardston

The Rev. David Neil of the United Church of Bernardston puts posts up on Facebook and Twitter from the church's office.  
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

God on the go — churches embrace social media

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BERNARDSTON — When you think of religious “books,” the Bible, Torah and Quran may come to mind, but what about Facebook? More and more religious organizations are using social media to connect with their congregations, bringing old-time religion into the 21st century. “Facebook is a great way to get the word out for events, causes and concerns,” said Rev. David … 0

Snow can’t stop Turkey Trot

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Local grade-schoolers were happy not to have a snow day Wednesday. Though it would’ve added an extra day to their Thanksgiving break, the children of Bernardston Elementary and Warwick Community schools would’ve missed their annual “Turkey Trot” fun-run if school was canceled. “I’m glad we didn’t have a snow day,” said … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

North county towns take brunt of thunderstorm

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A severe thunderstorm and worse struck Franklin County Saturday afternoon, triggering a tornado warning and downing trees and wires in towns in the northern part of the county. The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that a microburst hit Leyden and Bernardston between 4:01 and 4:10 p.m., with 70 … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

Widespread family gathers as Abbie Burrows turns 100

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Abbie Burrows celebrated her 100th birthday for the second time Monday afternoon. Born on Aug. 24, 1914, Burrows’ Sunday birthday was book-ended by two parties. Last, Saturday, she celebrated her last day of being 99 with … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0