Leyden

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me to The Shea in Turners Falls, three … 0

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller reviewed statewide data and found that elementary classrooms with fewer than 20 students don’t need … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 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 … 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 … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Local artist featured in Yankee Magazine

Friday, November 13, 2015

LEYDEN — Kristin Nicholas sat at her kitchen table, wrapped her hands around a warm cup of tea and chuckled at the thought of being seen as a local celebrity. Her house, standing on a large plot of … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0