Heath

Shelburne Selectman Andrew Baker makes a point during a discussion about school building improvements. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request this year for the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and a Jones Whitsett Architects’ estimate of less than $100,000 for priority repairs may be largely philosophical, but the Shelburne Board of Selectmen wants the Mohawk School Committee to work with them to develop a more financially doable capital plan for the elementary school in time for next year’s annual town meeting. “We want to understand the numbers better … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to the changing needs of our community over the years. Ed is leaving shortly after completing … 0

Heath Fair draws ‘em in: Family bonds through tractor-pulling sport

Sunday, August 23, 2015

HEATH — She secured her helmet over her braided updo, released the clutch with her foot and lurched her red Massey Ferguson lawn tractor toward the starting line. “Next up is Emily Eastman,” the announcer declared to the group of 50 fair-goers who gathered behind the silver guardrail outlining the dirt track waiting … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0

Horse pull Sunday in Heath

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HEATH — The Heath Fair Grounds June Draw horse pulling competition will be Sunday, June 28. The historic sport of pulling began as a friendly competition between farmers to determine which of their teams could pull more weight … 0

Neighbors: Donations for homeless kids starting to roll in

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Dean and Kim Scudder of Conway are sending one of the homeless children living in a Greenfield hotel or shelter to camp this summer. It’s the first response I’ve heard about since I told … 0

Weekly Town Meeting List, June 22 to 27

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Tuesday … 0

Neighbors: Help a homeless child go to summer camp

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I spoke this week with Joe Manning, one of our neighbors living in Florence. He said he was in Loot in Turners Falls late last summer, rummaging through all of the antiques and treasures, when he came upon a box of old Associated Press photos. “There’s … 0

Home funeral forum Thursday in Heath

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HEATH — The Heath Free Public Library is offering two free programs this summer on “End of Life Planning,” sponsored by the Friends of The Heath Free Public Library. “Caring For Our Own After Death—Reclaiming An Old And Loving Tradition” is a talk about home funerals. It takes … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0

Wicked sweet work ethic: Mass. sugarhouses’ record-breaking maple syrup season

Monday, June 15, 2015

CONWAY — Though the maple sugaring season got off to a late start this year, Massachusetts’s sugarhouses had a record-breaking season. Winton Pitcoff, the coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, said the successful season could be attributed … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0