Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Conway Agricultural Commission opposes pipeline

Friday, November 20, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Agricultural Commission has submitted its concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which submitted a formal application to the agency Friday afternoon. The letter, signed by co-chairs Jason Silverman and Will Cote, laid out the commission’s concerns about harm to air, water and land quality posed by the proposed 30-inch diameter, 400-plus mile … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

Conway Housing Committee begins senior housing survey

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CONWAY — Seeking to obtain a clearer picture of what a proposed senior housing complex on a piece of town-owned property might look like, the town Housing Committee will carry out a survey between now and the end … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Letter: Pipeline connections

Monday, November 2, 2015

Tell me again that the massive amount of road construction along the high tension wires has nothing to do with Kinder Morgan pipeline. There are too many coincidences to ignore: a moratorium on any new business; a proliferation of media ads telling us what a wonderful thing for … 0

Grade A sugarhouses: Syrups awarded in Heath, Conway

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CONWAY — On the heels of a record-breaking sugaring season, two Franklin County sugarhouses have been awarded for their maple syrups by the North American Maple Syrup Council. Girard Sugarhouse of Heath took first place in the organization’s … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Brief blackout hits nearly half of Deerfield, part of Conway

Sunday, October 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — An afternoon outage knocked out power to nearly half the town and a portion of Conway. The outage started at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, affecting about 1,200 Eversource customers in the two towns. According to Eversource spokesman Jack Arsego, power had been restored to about half … 1