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Shelter dogs have their day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs as dinner dates for a Saturday fundraiser. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter will hold its first Festival of the Dogs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Schuetzen Verein Club at 55 Barton Cove Road in Gill. Tickets are $25, and guests are asked to RSVP today so the caterers will know how many chicken dinners to cook. The dog shelter relies heavily on donations for its day-to-day operations. “We easily provide $500 in care per dog before they’re ready for adoption,” said shelter director Leslee Collucci. “That includes food, … 0

Unity Park accessible swing plan altered

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The wheelchair-accessible swing planned for Unity Park has been dropped in favor of a different design, and is back on track. The volunteer group A Friend to Friend reached its goal of $15,000 for the project last September, with less than five months of fundraising, but the project has been on hold since. Parks and Recreation Director Jon Dobosz said … 0

River cleanup results trickle in

Monday, September 29, 2014

Angela Mrozinski of the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, which organizes the annual four-state Source to Sea Cleanup said it will be some time before numbers are tallied, but was hopeful that Saturday’s sun boosted volunteer turnout. In Greenfield, David Boles of the Deerfield River Watershed Association estimated the number of volunteers in the region of 300, with teams from schools, the Franklin … 0

French King Bridge to get cameras

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GILL — The state Department of Transportation will begin pursuing video monitoring and possible fencing of the French King Bridge, at the behest of local officials concerned for the safety of police and firefighters called to respond to reported suicides. Spanning the Connecticut River and the border between … 0

Auditor lauds G-M business manager hire

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s auditor last month congratulated the School Committee on its choice of a new business manager, laying out a report critical of the business management of the past two years. Patrice Squillante of the accounting firm Melanson Heath presented the results … 0

Meet Sharon Moberg, new Sheffield principal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MONTAGUE — Friday was the second day of classes for Sheffield Elementary School students and Sharon Moberg’s second day in charge of a school full of children, but she begins the new job with the advantage of having … 0

Letter: Cleaning up Turners

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Volunteers for clean-up in the Village of Turners Falls. Motivation to serve will come from wanting a better environment to live in and enjoy. Service will rarely be glorious. Temptation to quit will sometimes be strong. Volunteers must be diligent with little or no visible results and possibly … 0

New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Letter: Butynski’s corn the best

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I must take Chris Collins to task on his anointment to Golonka farm stand as the best corn in the valley. Year in and out that award would go to Butynski’s farm on Colrain Road. They are one of the only farm stands, if not the only one, … 0

Ink over Avenue A

Thursday, August 28, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff TURNERS FALLS — Leah Caldieri believes tattoos can be more than skin-deep... but not in a bloody way . The idea that tattooing involved buckets of blood and dangers of infection was a … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Avenue A bar Jake’s in Turners on sales block

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Jake’s is up for sale. If you haven’t been in, Jake’s Tavern is the low stone building with Christmas lights and a courtyard on Avenue A. If you have, you might have won a live lobster. The bar and restaurant holds Friday meat and lobster … 0