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The fireworks display at Beacon Field in front of Poet's Seat Tower Sunday July 5. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt field and watched — a little away from the more-crowded Beacon Field and the field behind the middle school, though there had to be at least 500 people at Lunt. From the time the first shell rose into the clear night sky above Poet’s Seat Tower to the last of what can only be described as a spectacular finale, there was no time for boredom. For a … 0

This Chesbro Challenger swings a mean crutch

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CONWAY — Attempting to play baseball without the proper equipment is a challenge in itself, but players were thrown a curve ball from the sky as it rained throughout most of the day. During the third annual Chesbro Challenge, eight teams played baseball with unpredictable objects. A frying pan, hockey stick and a … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few … 0

Wicked sweet work ethic: Mass. sugarhouses’ record-breaking maple syrup season

Monday, June 15, 2015

CONWAY — Though the maple sugaring season got off to a late start this year, Massachusetts’s sugarhouses had a record-breaking season. Winton Pitcoff, the coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, said the successful season could be attributed … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

Neighbors: Keep your children and pets safe this summer

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re headed into summer and it’s time once again to remind you not to leave your child or pet in a hot car, even for a minute. According to doctors and veterinarians from all over the nation, once the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit … 0

Tech School grads asked ‘Who will you be?’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Individuality was the theme of the evening Friday as 122 Franklin County Technical School graduates from 13 shops received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on the school’s football field. Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Harrity, … 0

Weekly meetings for June 8-13

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ashfield Finance Committee: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of … 0

Frontier: For life advice, ask a kindergartner

Friday, June 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the Internet age, crowd-sourcing has become much easier, with technology like Google allowing us to connect with each other instantly. In fact, integrating Google into classrooms has become a hot topic at the Frontier … 0

Neighbors: Literacy Project to hold another “Bloomsday” event in downtown Greenfield

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hello neighbor. This month The Literacy Project in Greenfield will celebrate James Joyce’s “Bloomsday,” with activities in The Arts Block on Main Street. Along with other enthusiasts of Joyce’s “Ulysses,” the epic tale of a day in the life of fictitious Leopold Bloom in Dublin, Ireland, The Literacy … 0

Letter: Protecting our young people

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I understand the reasoning for the new law restricting smoking in Gill. However, to me it’s hypocritical in a way. Serving our country in the military can be hazardous to your health. How is it right to allow teens to go into harm’s way to protect the rights … 0

DA: Breathalyzers OK’d for use again

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a month-long review, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office will resume the use of Breathalyzer results in prosecuting drunken driving cases after finding no issue with any of the test results going back to 2011. The review was prompted by the Executive Office of Public Safety … 0