Christopher "Monte" Belmonte, a radio host for WRSI 93.9, The River, walks across the Sunderland Bridge with supporters during his annual  “Monte’s March” walk for the Food Bank of Western Mass. Tuesday, November 24. "Monte's March" takes place over two days, walking from Springfield to Northampton the first day for a total of 17 miles, and from Northampton to Greenfield the second day, for a total of 26 miles. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Expanded Monte’s March doubles last year’s haul

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — When Northampton radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte met with residents of the Mason Square neighborhood in Springfield about food insecurity they were facing, he found that many of them did not live within walking distance of a large supermarket. “This is happening at a time when Northampton has a ton of mainline supermarkets 17 miles north and they’re … 0

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 … 0

Two face drunken driving charges

Monday, November 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two men were arrested for drunken driving within the span of an hour on Routes 5 and 10 in Greenfield on Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Deerfield police. Russel Cranshaw, 60, of Brattleboro, Vt., was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations and … 0

Fire torches brush near Deerfield train tracks

Monday, November 16, 2015

DEERFIELD — A small brushfire along the railroad tracks off Keets Road in Deerfield was quickly knocked down by firefighters from at least five departments and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation Monday afternoon. Firefighters from the … 0

Letter: Veterans Day tribute

Monday, November 16, 2015

Last evening, we went to Applebee’s for dinner. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with one of the nicest patriotic greetings we have ever seen in a restaurant. First, there were cards of thanks written by children of the local Newton Elementary School to all our veterans. (A … 1

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Gromacki to lead Historic Deerfield board

Sunday, November 15, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield announced the appointment of Joseph P. Gromacki of Chicago as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Gromacki, who previously served as vice chairman, was unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees on Nov. 7. He succeeds Anne K. Groves of New York City, who … 0

Hearth cooking demonstration warms the soul – and the kitchen

Sunday, November 15, 2015

DEERFIELD — “It’s as easy as pie.” Have you ever used this expression to describe a simple task? If you’ve attended a Historic Deerfield open hearth pie cooking demonstration, you’ll probably refrain from using that phrase ever again. … 0

To save a statue: Specialist thinks Civil War soldier on Old Deerfield Common should be moved inside

Thursday, November 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — A monument conservation specialist has recommended removing the stone soldier that tops a 148-year-old Civil War monument on the Old Deerfield Common and placing it in storage instead of repairing and remounting it as initially planned. … 0

A growing concern: Water-mold blight killing crops in Sunderland, Deerfield

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Even in the risky world of farming, a particularly nasty risk is Phytophthora, the very name of which sounds scary. A water-mold blight that can kill entire crops of pumpkins, cucumbers or peppers, Phyotopthora capsici is especially problematic … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

South County EMS, Whately to discuss new home

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The South County EMS Board of Oversight will enter talks with Whately to hammer out an agreement to rent part of the town’s new office building as its base of operations. The board voted unanimously Thursday … 0