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

Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

Conway lawyer named to ‘Top Women of Law’ list

Sunday, September 20, 2015

CONWAY — A Conway lawyer has been named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Women of Law.” Susan G. Fentin, a Conway resident and labor and employment attorney with Springfield law firm Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C., will … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Tibetan medicine school turns 10

Thursday, September 17, 2015

CONWAY — The nation’s only licensed school of Tibetan medicine, located in Conway, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and it plans to celebrate all year long. The Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine will kick off the year-long celebration on Monday at 18 Schoolhouse Road … 0

State nixes aggregate power plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State regulators have denied plans by 35 area communities, including 11 in Franklin County, to buy cheaper electricity through a collective. The state Department of Public Utilities cited failures of cities and towns to properly inform residents of the plans, evidence of false and misleading statements … 1

Conway Festival of the Hills back at grammar school

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Festival of The Hills will be back for its 54th year Oct. 4, and the annual hilltown celebration will once again be held primarily at the Conway Grammar School off Route 116. Last year, the … 0

Conway Pipeline Task Force releases report to FERC

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Pipeline Task Force is worried about the impact a gas pipeline might have on the quality and flow of well water, streams and aquifers. Those and other concerns are part of the task force report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates interstate pipelines … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Frontier Regional and Union 38 superintendent to retire

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — This school year will be Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Martha Barrett’s last with the school district. Barrett announced this week that she plans retire at the end of June. Barrett announced her plans … 0