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Vicki Citron in her Shelburne home. Citron, who teaches violin, wants to bring the El Sistema program to Frankiln County. Recorder/Paul Franz

Sounds like community: $45K state grant enables music program for underprivileged kids

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A new, free program to introduce music-making to Greenfield students has gotten a boost with a three-year, $45,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Shelburne violin teacher Vicki Citron plans to launch Musica Franklin, based loosely on the 40-year-old El Sistema model of teaching music to underprivileged children, to up to 25 middle-school-age students the week of Sept. 21 at … 0

Financial push gases up final planning for proposed Greenfield biodiesel plant

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it’s locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan being provided to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant, is being provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance. It will … 0

Advertising existentialism

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — An assistant art professor at Keene State College says he’s hoping motorists will begin paying more attention to the “here and now” as they drive along highways throughout New England and New York, including French King Highway, and view his latest public art project. A cryptic message, “Are You Here?” written … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Town to shore up Meridian Street hillside to prevent another mudslide

Thursday, August 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is about to shore up the steep hillside portion of Green River Cemetery, which will help prevent a repeat of the 2011 Meridian Street mudslide. Alan Twarog, the town’s assistant engineer, said Greenfield will … 0

Youth benefit in Community Action workforce program

Thursday, August 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — If you’ve been to the Franklin County Courthouse at any point this summer, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered Jo-Ann Ault of Turners Falls. She’s the young woman who’s spent her mornings this summer as an … 0

Letter: Allow yourself room

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Motorists tailgate (follow too close) on many highways. Years ago, the Mass. State Police and others recommended a car length behind another auto for every 10 miles per hour travel speed. This give a driver behind a vehicle time to handle any ordinary emergency. At 60 miles per … 0

Letter: Life’s potential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dear Mr. Wallace Reid, Aren’t you glad your mother thought of you as “more than a potential?’ God blessed you with a life passed “potential.” Too bad you aren’t willing to “pass it on.” Many babies in heaven would thank you for fighting for them. WINSTON and MARIE … 0

Letter: Councilors, do your job

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I read in The Recorder on Aug. 20 “Greenfield voters will weigh in on plastic ban” — why? Our form of government is a representative democracy. As the chair of two Charter commissions — one which abolished the Town Meeting and the second, provided for a mayor and … 0

Letter: Rudy’s effort noticed

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Like a child learning to potty train, so must we learn to take responsibility for what someone else has, until now, had to clean up. Thank you Rudy for taking the time to research and write up the Bottle, Bag, and Food Container ordinances. Citizens spoke, you listened … 0

Harvard students’ business plan? Go bananas!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Take four Harvard business students, add the Franklin County’s commercial kitchen and throw in lots and lots of bananas. What you get is Just Bananas, a new frozen dessert that some find a-peeling in Cambridge, Somerville … 0

Teen racism forum

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local teens of color will talk about their experiences in area schools, during a free program Sept. 12. The audience will also view the PBS documentary “A Class Divided,” about a third-grade teacher who divided her all-white class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups, to give them … 0

Art show opens today

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local cultural council will open its 3rd annual juried show today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s downtown center on Main Street. During the show titled “01301/3: Melting,” people will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and some members … 0