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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: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0

Letter: Pipeline must be stopped

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After reading last week’s series on Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, I am more clear than ever that this project needs to be stopped. The additional gas is not necessary. Our energy needs can be met more efficiently by a combination of conservation and alternative energy sources. Our communities are … 0

Zoar owner: Deerfield River ideal for Olympics

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Deerfield River has been one of Franklin County’s most popular tourist attractions for years, and on most days, light blue rafts or kayaks can be seen vaulting over the river’s rapids or cruising gently down … 0

Neighbors: Donations for homeless kids starting to roll in

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Dean and Kim Scudder of Conway are sending one of the homeless children living in a Greenfield hotel or shelter to camp this summer. It’s the first response I’ve heard about since I told … 0

Plenty of history on display for Charlemont’s 250th

Sunday, June 21, 2015

CHARLEMONT — This past weekend, Charlemont celebrated its 250th anniversary and received a memorable surprise commemorating the town’s history. According to the event’s co-chair and long-time resident, Kim Blakeslee, the town received the best birthday gift that could … 0

Weekly Town Meeting List, June 22 to 27

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Tuesday … 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