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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into the shared operating costs, after getting a legal opinion from lawyer Mark Reich of Kopelman … 0

Buckland selectmen reaffirm pipeline vote

Friday, August 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — After deciding not to join Pipeline Awareness for the Northeast (PLAN-NE), a group opposed to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Board of Selectmen reluctantly agreed to “reaffirm” a special town meeting vote taken last summer calling for selectmen to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s high-pressure gas pipeline and “not allow it within our town borders.” The petitioned article, approved by … 0

Even the chickens got to ride

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Recorder photos by Matt Burkhartt … 0

Letter: Bicycle tourism

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yeah for bicycles! A great idea to promote cycling. Western Mass. is a wonderful place to tour by bike. Nonpolluting and quiet, unlike motorcycles. KAREN SHEAFFER​ Buckland … 0

Bridge of Flowers Road Race to end with first music festival

Friday, July 17, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — For many years, local musicians at crucial locations along the Bridge of Flowers Road Race have cheered on the runners with uplifting music. This year, the anticipated 1,200 runners and their families will also have … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, July 17, 2015

Buckland special town meeting Monday BUCKLAND — A special town meeting will be held Monday, 7 p.m., in the Town Hall. The purpose is to vote to use about $26,000 from insurance proceeds to pay for a new Highway Department truck. Pool party Tuesday at Buckland Recreation Area … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Trolley Museum adds Arms Academy replica in time for Saturday’s Trolley Fest

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Just in time for Trolley Fest, the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has a new attraction: A 4½-foot-tall replica of the old Arms Academy high school, which educated most West County students from 1880 to 1967. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0

TransCanada sets July 29 meeting on closed forebay footpath’s future

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Residents upset that a walking path around a power-generation forebay behind the old Lamson & Goodnow building complex has been closed off will have a chance to meet with TransCanada representative Matthew Cole on Wednesday, July … 0