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

On the road again: Recorder editor’s tour continues tonight in Colrain

Monday, June 1, 2015

Now I remember what I love about Franklin County: its people. Co-workers and friends keep asking me how my whirlwind summer tour of the county’s 26 towns is going. As the latest editor of the county’s two-century-old newspaper, … 0

Neighbors: 5th annual Bee Fest on Court Square in Greenfield on Saturday

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. Imagine a world without bees. You’d also have to imagine a world without carrots, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits, because they are dependent upon bees for pollination. And, of course, what about honey? How … 0

Charlemont Ambulance files ‘action plan’ with state

Friday, May 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — To improve its response rate and keep its license, the Charlemont Ambulance Task Force has submitted an action plan spelling out how this rural, volunteer department will increase its pool of certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and stay financially solvent. The plan was sent to the … 0

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. … 0

Charlemont hires administrator

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — At last year’s annual town meeting, voters agreed to hire their first town administrator. At Tuesday night’s annual town meeting, many townspeople met her for the first time. Margaret “Peg” Dean began working for the town this spring, to oversee daily operations and to handle responsibilities … 0

Charlemont OKs broadband, ambulance

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Although less than 20 percent of the town’s households have registered for WiredWest broadband services, all but a few of the 123 voters attending annual town meeting this week (15 percent of all registered voters) gave selectmen the authority to borrow $1.75 million for the town’s … 0

Reynolds wins seat on Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sarah Reynolds, a six-year member on the Board of Assessors, won her first election to the Board of Selectmen by a vote of 241-29 against her opponent, Charles Ricko. There were no other contests in Tuesday’s … 0

Charlemont voters OK borrowing $1,750,000 for broadband

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Voters at town meeting Tuesday resoundingly approved giving selectmen the right to borrow $1,750,000 for the town’s proposed $2.7 million fiber-optic network. According to Finance Committee Chairwoman Amy Wales, the town will not borrow the money until at least 40 percent of households have registered for … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 1

Letter: Move Charlemont forward

Sunday, May 24, 2015

There is new life in the town of Charlemont. We have a major construction project at the site of the old drive-in. We have two new eating establishments and a sport shop in the village. Berkshire East has a Mountain Coaster. Our school’s agricultural focus has created enthusiasm … 0