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Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few first-timers. I’ve attended several times, a couple … 0

Recorder editor visits Leyden tonight

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The latest stop in Recorder Editor George Forcier’s summer tour of Franklin County is Thursday at the Leyden Town Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you haven’t heard about the good-will tour, here is why the paper’s new editor wants to visit all of the county’s 26 towns this summer. The Recorder … 0

Letter: Recycle more

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do you know when you recycle you’re helping the environment? Imagine being a part of stopping pollution. You can do this by recycling. I’ve noticed that in Greenfield the garbage cans are full of recyclable materials. Instead of putting things in the garbage, try to recycle. If you have a plastic or glass bottle or an aluminum can, you might be able to … 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

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Leyden backs broadband proposal, 90-33

Sunday, May 17, 2015

LEYDEN — Leyden has become the latest town to approve borrowing money to help bring a fiber-optic Internet, TV and phone service to town. Leyden is one of 33 “unserved” towns in western Massachusetts that have been working with the WiredWest collaborative to bring high-speed connectivity to town. … 0

Johnson wins Leyden town clerk job

Sunday, May 17, 2015

LEYDEN — Elizabeth Johnson has been elected Leyden’s new town clerk, beating opponent Marylou Barton, 97-75. She will replace current clerk Robert Hardesty. David Brooks was triumphant in the town’s second race and will serve as the next tree warden. He beat Nickolas Adamski by a wide margin, … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

$1.07M for broadband tops Leyden warrant for annual meeting Saturday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LEYDEN — A $1.07 million appropriation to bring broadband Internet to town could be a hard sell at Saturday’s annual town meeting. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in Town Hall, after an 8:45 a.m. special town meeting. If the broadband article gets the required two-thirds vote, the … 0

Two-way clerk’s race in Leyden Saturday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LEYDEN — Two veteran town servants face off in Saturday’s election for a three-year term as town clerk. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Town Hall, coinciding with special and annual town meetings, which begin at 8:45 a.m. Mary Lou Barton, of Old … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0