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Rhonda Patnode of Conway with her children, Elayna Patnode, 10, and Caleb Patnode, 12 wearing the coats they received through the Warm The Children program. Recorder/Paul Franz

Conway kids face winter ready for fun

Friday, October 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After a good winter ice storm, 12-year-old Caleb Patnode and his 10-year-old sister, Elayna, like to go outside and take advantage of the frozen woods and piles of snow outside their Conway home. If there’s a good, solid layer of ice on top of the snow-covered hills, Caleb foregoes sleds altogether, opting to belly-slide down. Elayna likes … 0

On the Job

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lamson restructuring SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson & Goodnow has restructured its sales and marketing operations as part of its financial reorganization plan. Thomas Mihalek has been named vice president of Sales and Marketing, while Robert Muscari is the new vice president of sales for HotSpot silicone pot-holders and other products. Lorna Dufresne, a long-time employee, will manage the company’s TreeSpirit wooden kitchen products. … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

Water restrictions in effect for Shelburne Falls

Friday, September 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Water restrictions are now in effect for Shelburne Falls, because of low stream-flow conditions in the North River, near the district’s two water wells. Until further notice, nonessential outdoor water use is prohibited between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Examples of such uses include: soakers … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The … 0

Mohawk alumnus new vice-principal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Jesse Porter-Henry, who graduated from the Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1999, has been hired as the school’s new assistant principal. Porter-Henry started his full-time position this week, working with another Mohawk graduate, Principal Nancy Dole. … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Buckland eyes Mayhew site for garage at special town meeting

Friday, September 12, 2014

BUCKLAND — Without a highway garage since 2008, town officials will go back to voters one more time on Sept. 25 with another option: to lease the vacant Mayhew Steel Products plant for at least one year. Also on a special town meeting agenda is a proposed “Small … 0