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Lamson & Goodnow employee Cathy Pelletier helps customer Zach Teutsch of Washington, D.C. purchase some knives at the store in Shelburne Falls on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Lamson lays off union workers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Business was brisk at the Lamson & Goodnow factory outlet store Wednesday morning as customers, some oblivious to the news of the company’s bankruptcy filing, looked at sale-priced knives and kitchen accessories. But in the upstairs business office, Chief Operations Officer James Pelletier was working on new financing plans to be presented at a bankruptcy hearing in … 0

Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national … 0

177-year-old Lamson & Goodnow cutlery files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business, Lamson & Goodnow of Shelburne Falls, has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and kitchen tools in Franklin County. The manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which means the company can reorganize while having protection from its creditors. Under Chapter 11, the owner, James Ross … 0

West County still ‘on hold’ for cell coverage

Friday, July 18, 2014

Among its historic artifacts, Rowe has two that may someday cause younger generations to scratch their heads in wonder: The first is a red phone booth outside Town Hall. The second is a pay phone installed on the Town Hall exterior. The picturesque phone booth is empty because … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the … 0

Trolleyfest rolls in Saturday

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Spend the day with Trolley No. 10, its riders and the things it carried as the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum celebrates “Trolleyfest” on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $4 all-day pass ($2 … 0

Tickets on sale for Iron Bridge Dinner

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Local residents can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mohawk Trail by really eating out — on the newly renovated Iron Bridge on Aug. 17, rain or shine. Tickets for the 14th annual dinner go … 0

Arts Walk Saturday in Shelburne Falls

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — While Dorothy and Toto “follow the yellow brick road” Saturday night at Pothole Pictures, art lovers will be following hand-painted shoes that lead to dozens of shops, restaurants and art galleries participating in this summer’s Art Walk, from 4 to 8 p.m. Here are some … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ashfield hearing on cell tower tonight ASHFIELD — Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC is seeking a special permit to install a proposed 150-foot tall communication cell tower at 1450 Spruce Corner Road. The continuation of the Planning Board’s public hearing for the tower is tonight at 7:30 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 0

Garden tour to raise money for Mary Lyon church July 19

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hidden gardens, a lavender labyrinth and heirloom tomatoes are among the highlights of a July 19 garden tour and luncheon, to raise money for the Mary Lyon Church. Nine country gardens in Buckland and West Hawley will be open for a self-guided tour, rain or shine, from 10 … 0

Iron Bridge to be closed on Monday

Friday, July 11, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls will be closed Monday as the state Department of Transportation continues to repair the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The bridge will be closed from 5 … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0