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Attorney Buz Eisenberg speaks to a crowd at the Charlemont Federated Church on Tuesday night during this year's Charlemont Forum on "Democracy at Risk." His speech was entitled “A Post-Constitutional Era in the United States: Have we Arrived?” 
Recorder/Micky Bedell

Constitution eroded by 9/11 attacks, lawyer says

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The last of seven Guantanamo detainees represented by Ashfield lawyer Buz Eisenberg is now awaiting resettlement, after being held without charges for 12 1/ 2 years — and after being cleared for transfer three times since 2007. Eisenberg described his client’s plight as one example of how the United States Constitution “has been incessantly battered post-9/11.” Speaking at this week’s Charlemont Forum, Eisenberg said: “The misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan and the toll they have taken on those people and our troops,” the erosion of freedom of speech after the passage of the PATRIOT Act, and the National Security Agency excesses disclosed by … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and federal money to fund pre- and post-disaster mitigation projects to reduce the impact of future … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported … 0

Greenfield to celebrate bees

Monday, June 2, 2014

In this feature photo, Debbie Oeky, Sandra Boston and Victoria Floor touch up the crosswalk mural in Greenfield as part of the Paint the Town Green Mural Project. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

‘Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable’

Sunday, June 1, 2014

SHELBURNE — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Class of 2014 gathered Sunday under hazy blue skies in the school athletic field for a send-off from family, peers and administrators who told them to listen, think for themselves and … 1

Neighbors: Students share ideas to spruce up downtown

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Recorder received letters from a couple of our younger neighbors this week, and I’d like to share a little from each of them with you. Dylan McCullough Clemente of Greenfield, who attends Pearl Rhodes Elementary School in Leyden, wrote that he believes there should be … 0

Voter turnout low for Charlemont

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Perhaps the lack of contests — or even candidates to fill all the town offices — were factors in the low turnout for the town’s annual election. But all incumbents whose names were on the ballot were easily re-elected by the 121 voters who came to … 0

Charlemont to hire TA, keep appointed town clerk

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — In the first night of a two-part annual town meeting, voters OK’d a $2.89 million operating budget, which provides money for Hawlemont and Mohawk school increases, training and equipment for the fire department, and $30,000 for six months’ salary for a town administrator to oversee the … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Elementary School second-graders helping the hungry

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Dawn Kempf of Greenfield, who teaches second grade at Deerfield Elementary School, has been working with her class and the other two second-grade classes — about 60 students — for the past three years to create jewelry, which is sold to other students, as … 0

Charlemont mulls zoning bylaws, recall elections

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Village center” zoning bylaw changes, the town budget, and going back to an elected town clerk are all on the table at Charlemont’s annual town meeting on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the … 0

Open seats, no contests on Charlemont election ballot

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Barring any major campaigning by write-in candidates, voters will see familiar names on the election ballot, along with open seats on Tuesday annual town election. The polls, located at the Hawlemont Regional School, are open from noon to 7 p.m. — just before the start of … 0

Neighbors: Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Well, here we are — Memorial Day weekend already. The federal holiday started as a way to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate … 0

Academy at Charlemont 5K race to aid NELCWIT

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont Community Service Council, with the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, will host a 5K road race and a fun run on the Academy campus this Saturday. Both races start at 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 10:30. The Fun … 0