Rain delay: Berkshire East’s Thunder Mountain Bike Park to open Thursday

Monday, June 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The park was originally slated to open Wednesday, July 1, but has delayed the opening by one day due to expected rain and the possibility of thunderstorms. The bike park plans to open Thursday, July 2. The … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Health board: Charlemont Inn must be fixed

Friday, June 12, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Board of Health wants the owners of the 1777-built Charlemont Inn to come up with a plan to make the building functional and up to code by Sept. 15 or face an enforcement order which, … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

Immigration focus of Charlemont lectures

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Last year, President Barack Obama announced changes to federal immigration policy that could help nearly five million undocumented immigrants stay in this country temporarily. It also would extend a 2012 program that has deferred the deportations of at least 600,000 immigrants illegally brought to the United … 0

Letter: No more war

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Patricia Hynes wrote one of the best commentaries on the human costs of war that I have ever seen in The Recorder (“War’s many victims. Thoughts for our Memorial Day,” May 25). While honoring the military who have died in service to our country, she reminded us of … 0

West County notebook, June 9

Monday, June 8, 2015

Town clerk’s office closed BUCKLAND — The town clerk’s office will be closed June 9 through 12, while she attends an annual town clerk’s conference. There will be a voter registration on June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. in the … 0

Neighbors: Keep your children and pets safe this summer

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re headed into summer and it’s time once again to remind you not to leave your child or pet in a hot car, even for a minute. According to doctors and veterinarians from all over the nation, once the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit … 0

Letter: Thoughtful, wise column

Monday, June 8, 2015

Though I disagree completely with David Kearney’s letter, “Appalling column,” of June 1, which criticized a recent column by Pat Hynes, I’m glad he wrote it. My response to her piece was entire agreement, and my wish to compliment her can be done with this letter. Mr. Kearney, … 0

‘There are no endings — only changes.’ Academy at Charlemont graduates 12

Saturday, June 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A dozen students from the Class of 2015 each stepped up to the podium Saturday, to recall special memories of their Academy at Charlemont years, and to say goodbye to their school and classmates. “There’s a … 0

‘You went to Mohawk — your future is bright’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Mohawk Trail Regional School valedictorian Allison Lull told her classmates it is time to ditch the training wheels. “Maybe the dangers of the real world will feel like freedom,” Lull said. “But then again, maybe … 0