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Dolly Gagnon sits at her keyboard in The Recorder newsroom. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

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 for more than 30 years, and if … 0

Neighbors: Share your Valentine’s Day stories with your neighbors

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hello neighbor. As we approach Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear — and possibly share — some of your stories. Please send me some of your fondest Valentine’s Day memories, whether it be about your partner, children or pets. Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, the holiday is celebrated on Feb. 14 each year. According to, … 0

Letter: Performance space

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I was inspired after the excellent coverage of the Shea to re-think the proposed use of Turners Falls’ “mini park” — for a sculpture. I sent the following to Susan LoManto, director of RiverCulture: Seeing the upcoming and exciting celebration for Black History, recognizing RiverCulture’s impact, and the renewed enthusiasm for the Shea Theater and inclusion of GCC is fantastic. And, as a … 0

Turners Falls seeks art for mini-park

Friday, January 29, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Artists who want to make a permanent mark on downtown Turners Falls now have their shot. Sculptors can apply to install a piece in the mini-park on the corner of Avenue A and 3rd Street. … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Pipeline advisory committee requests consultants

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The four member towns of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee have requested that the COG hire a team of consultants to study construction impacts on roads, bridges and other public infrastructure … 0

Letter: A terrible strip

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Let me add my voice to those calling for WuMo to be replaced by something better. I am a big fan of the comics page. I read “Stone Soup” daily — it had decent drawing, and the story kept up my interest. WuMo’s drawing is terrible — every … 0

G-M School Committee openings

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Nomination papers for the annual town election to be held on May 16 for the Gill-Montague School Committee seats are available at the Superintendent’s Office, 35 Crocker Ave. Completed nomination papers are due in the Superintendent’s Office no later than 4 p.m. on March 28. … 0

Montague officials agree to sensitivity training

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MONTAGUE — Just in time for Black History Month, town officials have agreed to participate in a cultural sensitivity training workshop to address issues of race and to build bridges across demographic differences. “As we have been talking to local businesses, we have found a real openness and … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

One-car accident in Turners sends driver to hospital

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A driver smashed his truck into a tree while maneuvering around a sharp bend in the road near the Turners Falls Municipal Airport on Sunday night. Firefighters pried the driver out of the vehicle, still conscious, but with … 0

Franklin County Home Care Corp. to change name

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MONTAGUE — The Franklin County Home Care Corp. plans to change its name to LifePath Inc. in March, according to Executive Director Roseann Martoccia, who announced the news at Friday’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast. As an Area Agency on Aging in the state as well as an Aging … 0

Keeping bears safe — and out of your yard

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MONTAGUE — It’s a common misconception that you’ll only encounter a black bear in the forest. Black bears are also commonly seen in residential areas, sifting through trash barrels and bird feeders looking for food, according to MassWildlife … 0