Charlemont

Rachel Rapkin swings on the trapeze rig at the Academy at Charlemont where Arlie Hart was offering a trapeze workshop Saturday August 1. Hart is the president of Pathfinder Rigging and an instructor at Nimble Arts which is part of the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro Vermont. Hart is being hosted by the Hilltown Youth Theater Summer Workshop. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Reporter takes a swing on the flying trapeze

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CHARLEMONT — “You’re a dancer. I think you’ll be great at this.” That’s what my editor, Sam Wood, told me on Tuesday, encouraging me to take a flying trapeze workshop during the second annual Hilltown Youth Theater Summer Workshop at the Charlemont Academy. My thought? I get motion sickness. I’m terrified of heights. I don’t need to add more scars to my body. “Absolutely,” I said. “I’ll take the class and write about it.” I’m not sure what I was thinking when I agreed to venture out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad I took this opportunity. It’s experiences like this that make my … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Conservation Commission: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Office. Board of Health: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

4-H Dairy Show this weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fairgrounds will be filled with children and cows from all over the state this weekend, Aug. 1 and 2, for the State 4-H Dairy Show. According to organizer Carrie Sears of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension, the 58 4-H students, ages 11 to 18, are all competing … 0

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blue Block reprieve: New owner buys embattled building COLRAIN — Although special town meeting voters last month agreed to buy and demolish the vacant Blue Block building at 3 Main Road, someone else has purchased the building before the town could buy it. According to Town Coordinator Kevin … 0

Forum tonight in Charlemont

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CHARLEMONT — “The Melting Pot: Who’s Getting Burned?” is the topic for tonight’s July 8 Charlemont Forum at the Federated Church. This program on immigration and immigration enforcement will feature: Mount Holyoke College Professor David Hernandez, on U.S. detention practices; Duxbury lawyer William P. Joyce, a former federal … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0

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 … 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 … 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, … 0

Hawley approves school projects

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

HAWLEY — Hawley approves of spending money for a wood-pellet boiler and other renovations at the Hawlemont Regional School. The school, shared by both Hawley and Charlemont, plans to design, purchase and install a wood-pellet boiler to replace … 0

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 … 0