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Turners Falls RiverCulture's "magic mailbox" in Spinner Park sits under a light layer of snow on Wednesday. The public art was installed to receive holiday wishes, Christmas lists and "notes of hope." Santa will collect the notes at 6:30 p.m. during Riverculture's "It's a Wonderful Night" event Dec. 12. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Mailbox magic on Avenue A in Turners Falls

Friday, November 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls RiverCulture hopes people will leave their dreams on Avenue A this season. A “magic mailbox” in Spinner Park is intended to invite the hopes, dreams and Christmas wish lists of young and old. The art installation is a blue mailbox crafted from three standard mailboxes by Turners Falls artist Jack Nelson and framed by an LED halo illuminating the sculpture after dark. The welded sculpture stands in the tree planter by the little park, the open corner of Avenue A and Fourth Street. Suzanne LoManto, director and sole employee of downtown booster organization RiverCulture, said the hope is that the … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping paper, boxes, tissue, packing materials and shopping bags. The Springfield Materials Recycling Facility, which accepts … 0

The power of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Thanksgiving is about food and family, even when you’re not at home. On Thursday morning, while many lucky enough to have power after Wednesday’s snowstorm cooked for family and friends, members of the Montague Elks Lodge and volunteers cooked for everyone. By noon, the 15 volunteers had already cooked and … 0

Montague board overrules unpopular public comment policy

Friday, November 7, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — After a month’s uneasy silence, the Montague Board of Selectmen this week overturned the chairman’s policy limiting public comment to two minutes per person in the first 10 minutes of the meeting. Members Mark Fairbrother and Michael Nelson voted, on Fairbrother’s motion, to replace the … 0

How did Montague vote in Tuesday’s election?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MONTAGUE — Voter turnout was high in Montague as elsewhere in this week’s midterm election. As the town, the second largest in the county, hand-counts ballots, results were not available until 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, nearly five hours after polls closed Tuesday and an hour too late for publication … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Letter: ‘Web of care’

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Montague Catholic Social Ministries (MCSM ) is grateful to The Recorder and Kathleen McKiernan for the powerful and heart-warming series on domestic violence detailing the range of issues and responses provided in our community that was featured in the paper the week of Oct. 27. MCSM is grateful … 0

Kulik keeps seat in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, had won easy re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, … 0

Body thought to be that of missing Greenfield man

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The body found Monday afternoon in the Connecticut River is thought to be that of a Greenfield man reported missing Oct. 22, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey. Confirmation of identity is yet to be made by the Office of the … 0

Body found in Conn. River

Monday, November 3, 2014

MONTAGUE — Emergency workers pulled a body from the Connecticut River Monday afternoon. Montague Police Staff Sgt. Christopher Williams said the body was found around 1 p.m. along the Montague bank of the Connecticut River, out of the way — away from the riverbank Unity Park — but … 0

A bridge by any other name

Monday, November 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The bridge over the Connecticut River into Gill is known locally — and pretty much always been — as the Gill-Montague Bridge. But the structure is technically the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, according to two weathered … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

When times are tough, Warm the Children helps

Friday, October 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Lately, Turners Falls resident Cheryl Holzhauer has found herself in a bit of a rut. The mother of two young girls — who recently lost both of her jobs as a personal care assistant — … 0