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The 2014 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest winners at Stoneleigh-Brunham School in Greenfield. The annual poetry contest, conducted by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is open to all Franklin County residents and students. The winner was James Heflin (seated) for his poem "Viva." Stella Corso (third from right) took second place for her poem "Slow March," while Alice Thomas (second from left) took third place for her poem "For Wood: Syria." The top two in the youth ages 12 to 14 category were A.J. WIlson (third from left) for his poem "Winter," and Jenna Hackett (first on left) for her poem "Be Free." The top two in the youth ages 15 to 18 were Grace Engelman (second from right) for her poem "The Perfectionist" and A.J. Urzedowski for his poem "Poetry That I Understand." Recorder file photo/Micky Bedell

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, so it’s time to get serious. The … 0

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public hearing on the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Mohawk … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Heath to explore school changes, including closure, separation from Mohawk

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BUCKLAND — While the Mohawk Trail Regional School District faces rising costs and declining enrollment, one of its smallest member towns is reassessing how best to educate its children and be cost-effective — even if that means taking its elementary school out of the Mohawk District. Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

West County towns want more details about MBI ‘regional’ broadband plan

Friday, January 8, 2016

Towns without broadband want to go forward with their fiber optic design and engineering plans, but some are in limbo, now that the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) won’t give “last-mile” state grant money for the WiredWest’s regional broadband … 0

Faith Matters: Looking to God who is not out there, only, but is here

Friday, January 8, 2016

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0