Hawley

Leslie Clark receives her crown and "Pudding Head" title for a coconut cream custard pudding at the Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival in Hawley on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

New resident wows with her pudding in Hawley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HAWLEY — Leslie Clark took home the crown from Sunday’s Pudding Hollow Festival, her coconut cream custard pudding winning her the admiration of the judges, as well as a plastic diadem and an assortment of cookware and ingredients. Clark was one of 18 entrants in the latest edition of the pudding competition, a recently revived festival whose organizers trace its roots to 1780. “This is the first pudding festival I ever won and the first cooking competition I ever entered,” Clark said. “I’m very honored that people liked it.” A neighbor, Audrey Bowen, 9, sampled the coconut-topped pudding. “It’s not bad,” Bowen said. “It’s very … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common infection,” explained Mohawk Nurse Leader Susan Mitchell. “One out of three students carry staph in … 0

Mohawk teacher heads to China

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School science teacher Kathleen Stier will spend the last week of her summer in China instructing 20 educators on how to teach western-style Advanced Placement Biology courses to Chinese high school students. Stier … 0

Hawley woods walk has green thumb on pulse of forestry

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HAWLEY— Would you like to have more wildlife visit your woods? Would you like to harvest some timber for income but fear that you may end up with a woods that are all beech trees? Are you concerned that the emerald ash borers will kill all your ash … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Hawlemont School farm program taking root

Friday, August 8, 2014

CHARLEMONT — When they go back to school on Aug. 27, Hawlemont’s pupils will see a new landscape: new “pizza” and “story” gardens, peach- and apple-tree seedlings, a chicken coop, barn and greenhouse, and — indoors — a … 0

Oral histories part of this year’s Hawley Day

Friday, August 8, 2014

HAWLEY — Of all the Franklin County town celebrations, Hawley Day may be one of the most obscure; yet this annual old home day of community appreciation is well over a century old, according to Beth Thwing, a board member of the Sons and Daughters of Hawley. “It … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Letter: Justice for Palestine

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As the hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians living in the Gaza strip dominate the news, it is important to continue to underscore the morally unsupportable policies and practices of Israeli’s government vis-à-vis the West Bank. Those of us who have visited Israel and the Palestinian territories have … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the … 0