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Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on how much electricity solar farms can sell back to the power companies have been reached … 2

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

Letter: Take critical action

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Recorder article “Gov. pressing lawmakers on clean energy” on Sept. 11 speaks to the urgency of addressing climate change at the state level. Mount Toby Friends Meeting (Quaker) supports state action in moving as rapidly as possible to renewable energy. We agree with the pope’s encyclical “Laudato … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Community celebrates Peace Pagoda’s 30 years

Sunday, October 4, 2015

LEVERETT — Prayers in chant and drums reverberated in the woods around the incongruous, gleaming white dome of the New England Peace Pagoda on Sunday in celebration of the site’s 30th anniversary. To Apple Ahearn and Don Ogden, … 0

Leverett lights up townwide broadband

Friday, October 2, 2015

LEVERETT — A decade of commuting to Boston from her home in Leverett came to an end for Carter Wall this summer when a fiber-optic broadband network connection was activated at her home. “You’ve really improved my carbon … 1

Leverett Peace Pagoda turns 30: Sunday ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

LEVERETT — Sunday’s 30th anniversary celebration of the Nippon Myohoji Peace Pagoda will bring together Buddhist monks from around the United States, Europe and Asia, as well Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy, the children of the Native American … 1

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

New Union 28 superintendent is old hand at teaching

Friday, September 25, 2015

ERVING — After almost three decades in education, Jennifer Haggerty has begun her first school year in a building devoid of children. “It was my first time in 28 years that I had not been in a building … 0