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Image courtesy of Suzanne Conway
The Big E in Springfield is one of Suzanne Conway’s favorite places to draw.

Sharpie Queen

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

F or Degas it was pastel. For Rodin, it was stone. But for Suzanne Conway of Colrain, the humble Sharpie is the tool of choice: A simple, felt marker yielding up a bright swoosh of color, in whatever thickness you could want. In Conway’s experienced hands, those markers can whip up a crowded sidewalk cafe, the Big E midway, depict … 0

Colrain bridge closing costing Mohawk $275 a day for van

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLRAIN — What a difference a little country bridge can make. Recently, the state closed the Heath Road Bridge in Colrain, which runs above the West Branch of the North River. Now the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has to spend about $46,000 a year to add a four-wheel drive van to its school bus services to get students to their schools on … 0

Rowe School going up

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ROWE — While the $6.9 million Rowe Elementary School is under construction, a capital campaign is also underway to help furnish the new school and pay for items needed for the school library, for technology, the arts, the school playground and for physical education courses. The original school building was struck by lightning … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

Letter: Animal cruelty

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Recently, The Recorder had two pictures of dogs in their newspaper: one group was posing while waiting for the postman, the other group was walking toward death. According to the Associated Press article titled Sochi’s Dark Side, “Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Colrain bridge hearing tonight

Monday, March 3, 2014

COLRAIN — A public hearing takes place tonight for a $7 million replacement of the Jacksonville Road Bridge over the East Branch of the North River, between the town center and Colrain Central School. The hearing will take place inside the school, beginning at 7 p.m. According to … 0

Colrain Ambulance driven to serve

Sunday, March 2, 2014

COLRAIN — On March 5, 2008 — when the Colrain Volunteer Ambulance Association received its new, $172,000 four-wheel-drive ambulance — Director Gary Ponce challenged ambulance volunteers to answer at least 100 emergency calls in a row, with two … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Mohawk looks at sharing schools

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — Why should Mohawk school buildings be half-empty when its eight regional school district member towns are looking for space for senior centers, libraries, meeting rooms, town offices, police departments and for town records storage? The Mohawk … 0

Sewer decision looming for Colrain

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Recorder/Paul Franz Colrain is trying to decide whether to fund a wastewater treatment facility for the town center. … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0

Franklin County Tech School to host community college panel Wednesday

Monday, February 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School will host its first ever community college panel discussion Wednesday night, and the public is invited to attend. Originally developed as an informational event for the school’s upperclassmen and parents, school officials decided to expand it for the entire community, said … 0