New Salem

Dafodils bloom along Rt 2, the Mohawk Trail, on Thursday in Charlemont where the road follows the Deerfield River.  Recorder/Paul Franz

On the road again: Recorder editor’s tour continues tonight in Colrain

Monday, June 1, 2015

Now I remember what I love about Franklin County: its people. Co-workers and friends keep asking me how my whirlwind summer tour of the county’s 26 towns is going. As the latest editor of the county’s two-century-old newspaper, I wanted to get out from behind my desk this summer to see what our readers had to say about The Recorder, … 0

Neighbors: 5th annual Bee Fest on Court Square in Greenfield on Saturday

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. Imagine a world without bees. You’d also have to imagine a world without carrots, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits, because they are dependent upon bees for pollination. And, of course, what about honey? How many of you would miss that drop in your tea or on your toast in … 0

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families … 0

New Salem crash takes down pole, knocks out power

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NEW SALEM — A pickup hit a utility pole on Route 202 Thursday afternoon, leaving the area temporarily without power. State trooper Corey Benoit said the Chevy Silverado struck the pole while traveling northbound, knocking down overhead power … 0

New Salem eyes Internet, highway barn

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW SALEM — About $1.5 million for Internet and $175,000 for a new Highway Department barn are the outstanding requests among the 36 to be put to voters at next week’s possibly two-day annual town meeting. The meeting begins Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, with … 0

New Salem Dems to caucus Saturday

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW SALEM — Democrats in New Salem will be holding a caucus on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Stowell Building on South Main Street. They will be electing two delegates and one alternate to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 1

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

DeWitt wins seat on New Salem Selectboard

Monday, May 4, 2015

NEW SALEM — Lisa DeWitt won a three-year term on the Selectboard, a new name among a slate of mostly incumbents in Monday’s annual town election, with 52 votes. DeWitt was unchallenged on the ballot, which holds no contests this year. There was a 10 percent voter turnout … 0