A grocery store worker lines up a row of grocery carts in the snowy store parking lot on Monday  in Cranberry, Butler County, Pa. The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a potentially history-making storm that could unload a paralyzing 1 to 3 feet of snow.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough canned food to get her through. “It’s New England, we gotta expect this,” she said, as schools, government and social agencies and … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the company doesn’t expect last year’s closure of its Greenfield service center … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its target. Franklin County could see as much as 2 feet of snow when it’s over … 0

Letter: Addressing litter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I am writing this to say “thank you” to Mr. Bryce Brownstein (Jan. 3 article in The Recorder) concerning the blight, safety and health issues of litter in our towns and communities. Littering is a huge problem we all face with no easy solution to prevent it. We … 0

Montague battlefield researcher OK’d

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A Connecticut team from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center will have the lion’s share of the research into the submerged 17th-century battlefield between Gill and Turners Falls. An advisory group appointed by the … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Relay for Life of Franklin County to hold kickoff

Thursday, January 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — On Saturday at 10 a.m., the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Franklin County is holding a kickoff for people interested in learning more about the annual community charity event. The meeting will be held at St. Kazimierz Hall at 197 Avenue A. There … 0

Archaeologist may study Turners Falls history

Friday, January 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Pending town approval, a Connecticut archaeological team will take up a two-year study of the bloody incident that began under present-day Barton Cove and continued into present-day Greenfield and surrounding areas during King Philip’s War. … 0

Letter: Green electricity

Friday, January 9, 2015

How Green is Green? I have been waiting for someone to pull the “I use green electricity” in the letters to editor and it came sooner than even I expected. Glad you’re helping to reduce emissions! Fact is, you’re not, really. “Green” electricity does not come from the … 0

Montague takes steps toward Millers Falls Powers Block sale

Thursday, January 8, 2015

MONTAGUE — The town and a local contractor are in the final stages of a deal to transfer a tax-taken slice of downtown Millers Falls, and elsewhere this week the town auctioned off five parcels among its patchwork … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Letter: Make ADA a priority

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My efforts, energy, education and advocacy for Americans with Disabilities is ongoing, now and in the future, for Turners Falls. “All state, county and municipal-owned and leased buildings must satisfy the requirements of equal access under Title 11. In 1992, the ADA required state and municipalities to conduct … 0

Police: Identity thief ‘knew she was going to get caught’

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local woman faces identity fraud charges after allegedly opening and using several credit cards in the name of a former friend. Karrissa Lareau, 20, is charged with identity fraud, improper use of a credit card over $250 and larceny over $250. A warrant was … 0