Participants of Kacy's Kids at Jake's Tavern in Turners Falls spend some time with Santa on Sunday before bringing home their Christmas presents. About 150 tavern patrons donated gifts to 65 families in need. "Small town America turns out better than anyone to help those in need," said owner Bill Holbrook, who started the toy drive in honor of his niece Kacy, seen in the background in her senior lacrosse photo. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Jake’s Tavern patrons make wishes come true for Kacy’s Kids toy drive

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sunday morning, Santa Claus sat at the rear of Jake’s Tavern, handing out packages brought forward from a dining room packed with gifts and telling the children seated by him that everyone in Turners Falls was on the “nice list” this year. This seemed to bring some peace of mind; one young girl afterward ran to her … 0

Marie Putala named Recorder Citizen of Year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marie Putala is so self-effacing about her not-so-random acts of kindness that when she overheard friends’ efforts to nominate her to be Recorder Citizen of the Year, she immediately put the kibosh on it. “I said, ‘No way! This is not going to happen,” said the Turners Falls woman, who immediately sent an … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Solar developer gets Montague’s ‘blessing’ for next step

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — A solar developer has the town’s blessing to venture out onto the old landfill off Sandy Lane in search of solar farm potential. Charles Jenkins of solar development venture Revio Energy told the Board of Selectmen his company proposes to build a solar farm in town … 0

Tech school district committee meeting Wednesday at 7

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the school, the usual time and place for the monthly meeting. … 0

Greenfield, Turners Falls food pantries struggle

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since September, the Center for Self Reliance Food Pantry has received 300 pounds of unsolicited donations and 40 to 50 turkeys for Thanksgiving from the community. Yet, despite the charity, the food continues to fly off the shelves as fast as the food pantry can get … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Dentists warned about pain scrips

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dentists, like all prescribers in the medical field, should be wary of the volume of drugs their signature on a prescription pad releases into society. That was one of the core messages delivered to a group of 80 dentists and dental workers gathered in the Greenfield … 0

Letter: During the holidays

Sunday, December 7, 2014

During the holidays we give thanks, enjoy time with family and friends, share our blessings. I extend my appreciation to The Recorder, Montague Reformer, MCTV and Channel 22 for providing coverage, raising community issues to the public. I say thank you. BETTY TEGEL Turners Falls … 0