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

Alice Parker Carol Sing draws crowd for leader’s 90th

Sunday, December 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — On yet another drab, rainy and unseasonably warm day in December and with the Christmas rush over, more than 100 people gathered in the Charlemont Federated Church to sing carols under Alice Parker’s direction. Many had … 0

No snow? No sweat: Winter recreation destinations say they’ve seen it all before

Friday, December 25, 2015

The snow isn’t there, but local ski areas aren’t shaking at this point in the season. Berkshire East Mountain Resort is the county’s only downhill ski area and largest winter recreation business. “I’ve been here before, I’ve been … 0

A glance at the season of giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers have been out in all weather, but this month’s unseasonably warm weather rain seems to have dampened donations. Wednesday, with a day’s receipts still to be added and one final day … 0

Mohawk grads talk college

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The value of time management, discipline, laundry, and Advanced Placement classes were the main lessons a panel of recent graduates and current college students sought to impart to the Mohawk Trail Regional High School student … 0

Letter: Republicans advocate for biggest industries

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Republicans are not as inconsistent as they appear when they refuse to restrict terrorists’ access to guns while in the same breath exaggerating the threat of terrorism, as their presidential contenders did in their last debate. The national security industry dwarfs even the legendary military-industrial complex. The gun … 0

Yankee Doodle final days?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Unless more volunteers pitch in to help run the town’s annual July festival, last summer’s Yankee Doodle Days could be Charlemont’s last. After five years as event coordinator, and 10 years of active volunteer work on … 0

Charlemont voters choose Gould

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Ivan “Toby” Gould won Tuesday’s special election 62-15, securing a seat on the Board of Selectmen until 2017. Gould and Benjamin Atkinson sought the seat. Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds reported the results. Gould, 70, of Zoar Road, is a retired minister and has lived in town … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0

Letter: Residents rally against climate change

Monday, December 21, 2015

I am sitting in a room with 13 other West County residents — all writing letters to our congressional representatives, pleading with them to take radical action to stop climate change and save our planet. We are all advocating, through the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), for the best … 0