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MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

Local family receives anonymous $10,000 check for wheelchair van

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local family that’s been fundraising for months to buy a wheelchair accessible van for its 11-year-old son has received an anonymous $10,000 check, bringing them three-quarters of the way to their final goal. The Norwoods of Turners Falls have been working with a nonprofit called HelpHopeLive to raise the … 0

Faith Matters: Faith, justice and politics

Friday, September 18, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each week, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Montague road closing for repairs

Thursday, September 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — On Monday, Turnpike Road in Montague will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection with Montague City Road all the way up to the four-way intersection with Turners Falls Road by the Public Safety Complex. The Montague Highway Department will be repairing a … 0

Firefighters, bakery hold fundraiser for local family to buy wheelchair van

Thursday, September 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Second Street Baking Co. will hold a fundraiser featuring fire trucks, local heroes and a pie tasting Saturday to benefit a family that needs to buy a wheelchair-accessible van for its 11-year-old son. The Norwoods … 0

School board off to rocky start on Gill-Montague teachers contract negotiations

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With bargaining to begin soon on new three-year contracts for Gill-Montague Regional School District workers, school board members Tuesday got into a wrangle — not with their employees, but with each other. The nine members got into a heated debate about the process of appointing … 0

State nixes aggregate power plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State regulators have denied plans by 35 area communities, including 11 in Franklin County, to buy cheaper electricity through a collective. The state Department of Public Utilities cited failures of cities and towns to properly inform residents of the plans, evidence of false and misleading statements … 1

Towns team up to fight gas pipeline

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague may join a number of towns participating in a regional scope of services regarding Kinder Morgan’s proposed gas pipeline, including legal representation and technical assistance in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permitting process. Town Planner Walter Ramsey said he’s been attending Franklin County Regional … 0

Turners Falls RiverCulture celebrates Latino history with Third Thursday events

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls RiverCulture will celebrate Latino History Day on Thursday with traditional Central and South American music, food and crafts followed by a documentary screening at the Shea Theater. The event is part of Herencia Latina, a nine-month Pioneer Valley-wide exploration of Latino history and … 0

Detective to retire after 21 years with Montague PD

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — After 21 years of service with the Montague Police Department, Detective Bill Doyle announced he will retire next month. “It came as quite a shock to me, I actually asked him to pinch me because I wasn’t sure if it was real or not,” Chief Charles … 0

Letter: Aiding the Sisters

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Being a former student of the Sisters of St. Joseph, I was so happy to read about Bishop Rosanski’s “million dollar” gift, giving to the Sister’ Retirement Fund. What a wonderful gesture! We all know by now the Mother House of Mont Marie in Holyoke was sold to … 0