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The colorguard passes by on Federal Street in Greenfield during the 2012 Memorial Day parade in Greenfield.
(Recorder file photo)

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service. The … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured speakers and music as well. Bernardston The town’s parade kicks off from the Four Leaf … 0

Hike into the Catamount Hills of Colrain

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

COLRAIN — On Saturday Muriel Russell of the Deerfield River Watershed Association will lead one of her popular hikes in the Catamount Hills. Weather permitting, this woodland walk will pass a vernal pool with hatching frogs, salamanders and toads, a larger pond and a running brook. The wild flowers should be abundant. Hikers should bring unscented bug repellent, lunch, water and an extra … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Letter: Hillary and the 1 percent

Monday, May 18, 2015

As she speaks of toppling the 1 percent, those that have supported her financially are made up of the 1 percent. So, is Hillary really out to bite the hand that feeds her? You answer that one. Another dog-and-pony show for the masses, while the 1 percent hold … 1

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Letter: Colrain’s poverty numbers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I would like to take issue with the poverty rate of 46 percent that Mary Parsons mentioned at the Colrain Annual Town Meeting. (“Colrain approves $2.4 million for high-speed Internet,” by Tom Relihan, May 6). She is suggesting that nearly half the town of Colrain is at or … 0

Letter: Stick to real issues

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Dave Granlund cartoon in May 4’s Recorder does a disservice to Bernie Sanders and to the real issues in the upcoming presidential election and to all of us. Who cares whether Bernie Sanders has switched parties or political alliances? What Bernie has never changed, since he was … 0

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes … 0

Colrain approves $2.4 million for high-speed Internet

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

COLRAIN — Voters in Colrain have approved raising $2.4 million to pay for the town’s share of a high-speed broadband network. The decision followed about an hour of impassioned debate at annual town meeting this week, with opponents taking a stand against using tax dollars to pay for … 0

Letter: Take down bridge

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here’s what I think about Heath Road Bridge in Colrain: Instead of spending money, year after year, repairing the first bridge on Heath Road, we should demolish it. That bridge stands over a very tiny, tiny brook, which enters the field above Heath Road. The Town of Colrain … 0