Dafodils bloom along Rt 2, the Mohawk Trail, on Thursday in Charlemont where the road follows the Deerfield River.  Recorder/Paul Franz

On the road again: Recorder editor’s tour continues tonight in Colrain

Monday, June 1, 2015

Now I remember what I love about Franklin County: its people. Co-workers and friends keep asking me how my whirlwind summer tour of the county’s 26 towns is going. As the latest editor of the county’s two-century-old newspaper, I wanted to get out from behind my desk this summer to see what our readers had to say about The Recorder, … 0

Neighbors: 5th annual Bee Fest on Court Square in Greenfield on Saturday

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. Imagine a world without bees. You’d also have to imagine a world without carrots, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits, because they are dependent upon bees for pollination. And, of course, what about honey? How many of you would miss that drop in your tea or on your toast in … 0

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families … 0

Notable swan song: Alumni return for retiring Frontier band director’s final show

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that’s what Thursday night’s spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for long-time band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Frontier board OKs level-funded budget

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee bowed to the fiscal will of its member towns Tuesday night. The committee voted to approve the administration’s $10.1 million budget for next year, which is the same as this … 0

Deerfield Old Home Day Saturday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Road races? Blues music? A dog show? You’ll be able to find it all in South Deerfield on Saturday during the Recreation Committee’s Old Home Day. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with the Deerfield 5K Road Race. The race starts in the Frontier … 0

Conway withholds money for long-range Frontier study

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — The Conway Grammar School proved a fitting setting for the town’s annual town meeting Monday night, where voters spurned a move they felt could jeopardize local control of their school. Voters rejected a Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 request for money to pay for … 0

Montague man gets 2½ years for vehicular homicide

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — Guilty of vehicular homicide that claimed the life of an 83-year-old motorist, Aaron Stark was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after Judge Edward McDonough sentenced the young Deerfield man to 2½ years in the Franklin County House of Correction, one year to be … 0

Deerfield grants bakery building permit on former Oxford Pickle site

Friday, May 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The site plan for the New England Natural Bakers factory on the former Oxford Pickle site on Jewett Avenue has been approved. The Board of Selectmen unanimously granted the permit during a public hearing this week. The bakery, which makes organic granola and muesli, has been … 0

Deerfield sixth-grader asks, “If not us, then who?”

Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If not us, then who? That’s the simple reason Deerfield Elementary School sixth-grader Genesis Locke gave for participating in a stand-out campaign to collect donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s efforts to help victims … 0

MassDOT roadwork to delay 5 and 10 traffic

Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation started milling and paving on Routes 5 and 10 in Deerfield on Thursday, and the work is expected to delay traffic through next week. During the work, MassDOT’s contractor will be milling and paving on a three-mile corridor of Routes … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0