Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Weekend wrecks keep police busy in Deerfield

Monday, November 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — Thanksgiving weekend is considered one of the busiest for police, and the Deerfield Police Department was no exception this year. Between Friday and Sunday, the department arrested three people on drunken driving and other charges in connection with multiple car crashes. The first occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. Police received reports of a blue minivan driving erratically on Routes 5 … 0

Letter: Too much ink

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tim Grant has the right to his numbingly repetitive, utterly predictable point of view, but do the readers of The Recorder really need to hear it quite so often simply because he’s so driven to share it with us? His sneering, fatuously self-righteous ad-hominem screeds may be a genuine part of the local political landscape (then again, maybe not), but why should The … 0

Letter: One nutty boondoggle

Monday, November 9, 2015

As we all are well aware, out here in western Mass., we all helped pay for the Big Dig project in Boston, but hardly, if ever, use it. We all are also aware of the giant boondoggle the project was, with overruns in cost, falling ceiling tiles, etc. … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

More than two dozen volunteers help veteran’s widow fix up house

Thursday, November 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Eighty-three-year-old Normena Welcome stands at her back door, watching strangers build a ramp, clean her yard, remove tires from the property she’s lived on for many decades, and raze a rickety old shed that has deteriorated … 0

Man who threatened Frontier gets jail time

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional High School in Deerfield last fall will spend the next year behind bars and three years after that on heavy probation. Nicholas … 0

Quarry solar farm hearing continued again

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — The review of a proposed 6 megawatt solar farm to be built on land near the East Deerfield Quarry by the town Conservation Commission has been continued once more to Nov. 19. The Conservation Commission’s continuation is to allow a peer review of the project’s design … 0

Feds move to dismiss locals’ civil lawsuit against pipeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

DEERFIELD — The federal government has asked for a civil lawsuit brought against it by a group of local residents seeking to halt the approval process for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline on constitutional grounds to be thrown out. The lawsuit was originally filed in U.S. District … 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

Deerfield police nab 3 suspects in farm stand thefts

Friday, October 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with a series of farm stand thefts that took place over the course of more than a month. Cote Thibault, 26, of Turners Falls and Cassey … 1

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

Fruitful business: Clarkdale Fruit Farms weather 100 years of change

Monday, October 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — If you find yourself stopping in at Deerfield’s Clarkdale Fruit Farms on Upper Road this fall to snag a peck or two of crisp McIntosh apples or a bottle of farm-fresh cider, take a moment to … 0