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Beef Bourguignon en Croute from Gypsy Apple Bistro. Recorder/Paul Franz

Blue Plate Special: A new take on beef bourguignon? The Gypsy Apple Bistro’s got it covered

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder One of our area’s smallest restaurants is also one of its best. The Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls has room for only 20 diners, plus 12 on its diminutive patio in warmer months. Nevertheless, since its opening in 2007 it has attracted patrons from near and far. “They come from all walks … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti … 0

Holiday organ concert to benefit Arms Library

Monday, December 15, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — A Holiday Organ Concert will be held in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to benefit the Arms Library Association’s “Put a Roof On It” campaign. It takes place on Saturday at 4 p.m. “This will be a truly remarkable community event celebrating the holiday season, but also two very venerable buildings … 0

Pilot ‘cable towns’ explore last-mile broadband costs

Sunday, December 7, 2014

While hilltowns without high-speed Internet in the WiredWest collaborative consider how to finance a last-mile fiber optic network, 16 partially served “cable towns” are also trying to figure out how much it will cost to expand Comcast’s cable network to reach every home within their town borders. With … 0

Shelburne Falls Women’s Club program canceled

Friday, December 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club has canceled its program “Women’s Roles in The Underground Railroad” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. due to presenters’ family emergencies. The program will be rescheduled for spring. Instead, the program will be “Stories from Women’s Handicrafts.” Members and their guests … 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

Stitches in time: Rethreads serving thousands over 35 years

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The tides of commerce ebb and flow on Bridge Street, but the tide was out when a group of young mothers sat around a kitchen table, thinking about opening a used-clothing store, which they decided … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New food pantry draws crowd SHELBURNE FALLS — On the day it opened, the new West County Emergency Food Pantry in the Cowell Gymnasium, set a new record of participation. Food pantry coordinator Dino Schnelle said 54 families visited the center, the day before Thanksgiving, with seven new … 0

Singley’s storefronts to be auctioned next week

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The two-story commercial building in the heart of downtown that housed Singley’s Furniture store for 67 years goes up for auction on Dec. 10 — followed by the auction of two other Singley-owned storefronts in … 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

West Notebook

Monday, December 1, 2014

Concert and caroling Sunday ASHFIELD — A Family Carol Sing will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Ashfield Community Hall. The Ashfield Community Band and the Ashtones will perform Christmas Carols and the whole audience is invited to sing along. The concert is free with a … 0

Winter hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s household hazardous waste drop-off sites, while open year-round, are about to shift to winter hours. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain and Conway. The Bernardston facility, located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road), … 0

Leo Parent still fighting for veterans

Sunday, November 30, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Leo Parent Jr. when he plans to retire, and he’ll tell you he retired two years ago. But sitting in the Shelburne town offices, as he has done for years, on an early Tuesday … 0