Aliza Fassler, 19, of Greenfield removes trash from the Green River during the 2014 Source to Sea Cleanup. Recorder file photo/Micky Bedell

One month until river cleanup event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Saturday, September 26th from 9 a.m. until noon, get involved in the 19th year of the Source to Sea Cleanup! Last year 116 volunteers in eastern Franklin County collected 40 cubic yards of debris in addition to collecting 130 tires, two tons of scrap metal, five mattresses, three televisions and four couches/recliners. All were collected from river shores and roadsides in the greater Gill-Montague area. Individuals or groups work as teams to make the watershed a cleaner place on sites that run the gamut from fishing trash to illegal dumping. People with trucks can help transport consolidated trash, and due to a longer time … 0

New Third Street parking lot proposed for Turners Falls

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The town has proposed constructing a new, 30-space parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Canal Road as part of ongoing downtown streetscape improvements. The project, which is expected to cost $352,785, would be constructed on about half an acre of municipal land where remnants of the Third … 0

Letter: Defining racism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What does racism mean? Racism is a belief that one race is superior to the other or the practice of treating a person or group of people differently on the basis of their race. Racial intolerance is a lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc. It is believing that … 0

Researchers look toward second phase of battlefield study

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Researchers are wrapping up the first phase of a project to study the Battle of Great Falls, a decisive event in King Philip’s War that took place on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and … 0

Montague Old Home Days this weekend

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MONTAGUE — The 56th annual Montague Old Home Days will bring food, music and fun to Montague Center this weekend, including a new vintage car show. The celebration kicks off Saturday morning with the 5.5-mile Mug Race beginning … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Turners Falls native’s ongoing portrait series displayed in Boston

Monday, August 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — In March 2014, a nine-alarm fire tore through a Back Bay apartment building, killing two Boston firefighters and injuring 13 others. The horrific blaze touched many lives, including Turners Falls native Derrick Zellmann, who said … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Great Falls Middle School teacher hired as Gill Elementary principal

Friday, August 7, 2015

GILL — Great Falls Middle School teacher Conor Driscoll has been hired as the new principal of Gill Elementary School. “I’m very excited,” Driscoll said Wednesday. “The energy that the staff has and the excitement that everyone here is showing is great.” Driscoll served as a sixth-grade English … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Pothole Pictures to show ‘Bridge of Names’ Friday

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Here’s a riddle: When does it take only 5 minutes to walk from the Bridge of Flowers to the Bridge of Names? Answer: This weekend, when “Bridge of Names,” a feature film, plays Friday and Saturday nights at Pothole Pictures. “Bridge of Names,” is a … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United … 0

In Turners Falls, Pocumtuck Homelands Festival connects younger generations with ancient traditions, ethics

Saturday, August 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The thump of handmade drums, the whistle of a wooden flute and the chants of Native American singers could be heard throughout the second annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park Saturday. Dressed in traditional … 0