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Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported this information to the Massachusetts State Police, … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a … 0

Letter: Criticism off base

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

As a Hawley resident and Korean War veteran, I take strong exception to Lisa Turner’s letter (May 19) excoriating the town’s Selectboard for supposedly “snubbing” two deceased veterans by dedicating its annual report to the town’s administrator, Virginia Gabert. What a silly and ludicrous allegation. The recognition accorded … 1

Greenfield to celebrate bees

Monday, June 2, 2014

In this feature photo, Debbie Oeky, Sandra Boston and Victoria Floor touch up the crosswalk mural in Greenfield as part of the Paint the Town Green Mural Project. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

‘Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable’

Sunday, June 1, 2014

SHELBURNE — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Class of 2014 gathered Sunday under hazy blue skies in the school athletic field for a send-off from family, peers and administrators who told them to listen, think for themselves and … 1

Neighbors: Students share ideas to spruce up downtown

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Recorder received letters from a couple of our younger neighbors this week, and I’d like to share a little from each of them with you. Dylan McCullough Clemente of Greenfield, who attends Pearl Rhodes Elementary School in Leyden, wrote that he believes there should be … 0

Hawley recount upholds election of Sears as selectman

Thursday, May 29, 2014

HAWLEY — Thursday afternoon’s election recount confirmed that incumbent Selectman John Sears won his re-election by a 77 to 71 vote against challenger Hussain A. Hamdan during the May 5 annual town election. According to Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton, the recount took about 45 minutes and was very … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Elementary School second-graders helping the hungry

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Dawn Kempf of Greenfield, who teaches second grade at Deerfield Elementary School, has been working with her class and the other two second-grade classes — about 60 students — for the past three years to create jewelry, which is sold to other students, as … 0

Hawley mulls effects of SJC ruling

Friday, May 23, 2014

HAWLEY — A state Supreme Court ruling in favor of a town tax-exemption for the New England Forestry Foundation — given on grounds that its 120-acre woodland in Hawley qualifies for a “charitable” exemption because it provides clean air, water filtration and absorption of carbon emissions — has … 0

Hawley election recount Thursday

Friday, May 23, 2014

HAWLEY — A voter recount is scheduled for the recent selectman’s election on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Town Office. The May 5 annual town election results were contested by selectmen’s candidate Hussain A. Hamdan, who lost the election to incumbent Selectman John Sears by six votes. … 0

Neighbors: Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Well, here we are — Memorial Day weekend already. The federal holiday started as a way to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate … 0

Letter: Impacts us all

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I was aghast to hear that COG Executive Committee Chair Bill Perlman said, “Organizers of the meeting see it as purely informational, so they wanted to prevent the session from becoming a protest where people could attack company officials,” regarding the proposed — and aborted — closed pipeline … 0