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Jaydon Grazick, 9, of Greenfield, stands under one of the water jets at the new splash pad at Hillside Park in Greenfield in early July. 
Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with your child — brining him or her to day care, for instance — and it’s not your regular routine, create a reminder … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic … 1

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the … 0

DA: Breathalyzers OK’d for use again

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a month-long review, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office will resume the use of Breathalyzer results in prosecuting drunken driving cases after finding no issue with any of the test results going back to 2011. The review was prompted by the Executive Office of Public Safety … 0

On the road again: Recorder editor’s tour continues tonight in Colrain

Monday, June 1, 2015

Now I remember what I love about Franklin County: its people. Co-workers and friends keep asking me how my whirlwind summer tour of the county’s 26 towns is going. As the latest editor of the county’s two-century-old newspaper, … 0

Neighbors: 5th annual Bee Fest on Court Square in Greenfield on Saturday

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. Imagine a world without bees. You’d also have to imagine a world without carrots, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits, because they are dependent upon bees for pollination. And, of course, what about honey? How … 0

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. … 0

A farmers market sprouts in Heath

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HEATH — Heath may be a great place to live — but if you need groceries, you have to leave town. That’s why Jessica Van Steensburg is hoping to start a Saturday Farmer’s Market in the town’s Community Hall. Van Steensburg says the town may not have a … 0

Trailers burn at Heath vacation campsite

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HEATH — A small cooking fire and dry weather conditions beyond anything he’s seen in the Northeast destroyed five trailers in a seasonal camp and damaged a neighboring sixth trailer, said Fire Chief Michael Smith. The fire at 8 Lakeview drive began with a small cooking fire in … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 1

State energy grant for Heath school boiler could cost more than planned

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HEATH — A state grant to pay 81 percent of the cost of an energy-efficient wood pellet heating system for the Heath Elementary School will require a much larger matching share from the town than was anticipated. Town … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0