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Dave Punches, Nancy Katz and Mark Liebowitz of the Wilmark Studios in Shelburne Falls with three of the 32 stained glass windows they are creating for a synagogue in New Jersey. Recorder/Paul Franz

God’s stories in a new light

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — For the past year, Mark Liebowitz, Nancy Katz and David Punches have been working to tell the Genesis/Biblical creation story within 32 panels of stained glass for a Closter, N.J., synagogue. Soon, they will begin installing the panels where there are now clear-glass windows at the Temple Emanu-El. The stained-glass panels tell the story of how God … 0

Three hill towns band together for Solarize Mass grant

Friday, August 29, 2014

BUCKLAND — Buckland, Ashfield and Plainfield are forming a Solarize Mass consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Mass., and the Clean Energy Center has just announced two new rounds of funding grants, according to Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter. Walter said … 0

Lamson and Goodnow Mfg. takes stock in busy week

Friday, August 29, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson and Goodnow Manufacturing facilities on Conway Street were bustling Friday morning — two weeks after filing for bankruptcy — with the outlet store filled with customers and a few salaried workers in a warehouse, taking inventory and trying to fill back orders. “There’s been a good response,” observed Chief … 0

Movie-making scenes from ‘Labor Day’ at Pothole Pictures

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — When the much-anticipated “Labor Day” movie came out, a lot of local residents who watched the film shot here were disappointed they didn’t see much of their town in it. Yes, there was that scene … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Friday is deadline to sign up to vote in Colrain COLRAIN — The last day to register to vote in time for the next special town election is Friday, and Town Clerk Robin Hartnett will hold special voter registration hours that day from 2 to 4 p.m. and … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

New locale sought for Shelburne Falls Mexican restaurant

Monday, August 4, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Former Green Emporium owners Michael Collins and Pacifico “Tony” Palumbo still want to open a Mexican restaurant and bakery in Shelburne Falls, but it won’t be in the former North River glass-blower’s studio on Deerfield … 0

Shelburne Falls author Emily Arsenault to discuss her new book "What Strange Creatures" Thursday at Boswell's Books

Monday, August 4, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Novelist Emily Arsenault of Shelburne Falls will celebrate the release of her fourth novel, “What Strange Creatures,” at Boswell’s Books with a reading and book-signing on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the bookstore at 10 Bridge St. “Although she lives locally, she has truly become … 0

Letter: Meeting was a farce

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I attended the July 24th joint meeting of the Frankin Regional Council of Governments and the Franklin Regional Planning Board. The meeting was a both a minor service to the community and major disservice. As originally planned, the meeting’s objective was for FRCOG and its planning board to … 0

Letter: To Peter Pan Bus Lines

Friday, August 1, 2014

As a highly respected bus line, I trust you’re grateful for feedback. In that spirit I want to tell you of a radically jarring, scary, quintessentially wrenching hardship I just experienced with your company, and a couple of my ideas on ways this might be dealt with to … 2