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Balloons and a photograph of people forming the number 250 decorate the inside of the Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont for the 250th anniversary celebration Saturday morning June 20. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Charlemont 250th events continue

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CHARLEMONT — In conjunction with the ongoing Charlemont 250th anniversary celebrations, a special Scavenger Hunt Contest has started and new teams are welcome to join. Teams of three or more (at least two need to be current Charlemont residents) compete to win by collecting all items listed and take designated team photographs around Charlemont. Teams will create a display of … 0

Readers visit Trolley Museum

Friday, July 3, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library is kicking off its Superhero Summer Reading Program with a visit to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. This event is open to all children (and their families) who have signed up with their local library summer reading program. They will be invited to this free event at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum on July 9, from 10 … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few … 0

Neighbors: Help a homeless child go to summer camp

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I spoke this week with Joe Manning, one of our neighbors living in Florence. He said he was in Loot in Turners Falls late last summer, rummaging through all of the antiques and treasures, when he came upon a box of old Associated Press photos. “There’s … 0

Charlemont to celebrate 250th all weekend

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CHARLEMONT — On June 21, 1765, a petition to incorporate the town was granted, and this weekend there will be a townwide celebration of its 250th “birthday.” Charlemont was one of the first towns to be incorporated along the Deerfield River. When the petition for town incorporation was … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0

Wicked sweet work ethic: Mass. sugarhouses’ record-breaking maple syrup season

Monday, June 15, 2015

CONWAY — Though the maple sugaring season got off to a late start this year, Massachusetts’s sugarhouses had a record-breaking season. Winton Pitcoff, the coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, said the successful season could be attributed … 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