Letter: A changing Iraq

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I always read with interest the letter to the editor from Lou Barber. Instead of giving all this lost military equipment to the Iraqis, give it to the Kurds. They are our only and true allies in the region. When ISIS is finally destroyed, carve out a homeland for the Kurds, which they truly deserve. As for American boots on the ground, No! Except for Special Ops. It’s unfortunate that … 0

Is spanking your kids OK? Highest Mass. court says yes, but not everyone agrees

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s highest court has weighed in on whether spanking is appropriate, seeking to clearly define what the court said has been a common-law line between parenting and abuse. Overturning the assault and battery conviction of a man who spanked his child in front of the Brockton police station during the shift change and was arrested by the two witnessing officers, … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Video: Mutton and Mead

Sunday, June 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Heavy rain greeted the fifth annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival Sunday morning, but organizers weren’t deterred. By Sunday afternoon, hundreds were milling around the grounds of the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club as … 0

Weekly Town Meeting List, June 22 to 27

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Tuesday … 0

Police: No new leads in Turners Falls shooting

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Police still have not identified a suspect in the Fifth Street shooting that left a man hospitalized Tuesday night, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. The victim, who police identified as 39-year-old Brad Trombley, was shot multiple times around 11:30 … 0

Neighbors: Help a homeless child go to summer camp

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I spoke this week with Joe Manning, one of our neighbors living in Florence. He said he was in Loot in Turners Falls late last summer, rummaging through all of the antiques and treasures, when he came upon a box of old Associated Press photos. “There’s … 0

Turners shooting victim out of hospital

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A man who was shot multiple times on Fifth Street Tuesday night has been discharged from the hospital, according to a Baystate Medical Center spokesperson in Springfield, and police have yet to identify any suspects. … 1

Turners Falls Airport hosts Aviation weekend

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MONTAGUE — Parachuters will jump from the sky, model airplanes will write smoke circles in the air and children will be able to hop on free flights during the third annual Turners Falls Aviation Weekend Saturday and Sunday. … 0

Former state rep., public servant Walter Kostanski dies at age 91

Monday, June 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Former State Representative and Franklin County Register of Deeds Walter T. Kostanski, Jr., died Monday, leaving a legacy of nearly four decades of public service. He was 91. When he returned from the Navy in … 1

Can dogs rescue bad art?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — They’ve been collecting bad landscape paintings from thrift stores and flea markets for more than a year. Now, Erin MacLean and John McNamara hope the bad artwork can help a good cause. The co-owners of … 0

Montague Housing Authority awarded for ‘green’ boilers

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Montague Housing Authority has been recognized by a statewide housing group for installing environmentally friendly heating plants in several of its developments. The “Outstanding Agency Award” was presented by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at its annual conference … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0