New Salem

Garlic and Arts Festival awards $10,000 in grants

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has given out about $10,000 in grants to support local food and arts projects in 2013 and 2014. Part of the festival’s mission is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of the region. Through its grants, the festival’s spirit of creativity and community building is spread year-round through support for innovative projects and partnerships with groups across the North Quabbin. … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Purls of wisdom

Friday, April 11, 2014

In this feature photo, Marilyn Adams knits with friends during a meeting of the New Salem Busy Bs recently. The group meets every Wednesday, weather permitting, at the Stowell Building from 1 to 3 p.m. Ruth Leyton, seen … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Mahar wants 2.7% hike to budget

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School member towns will be asked at annual town meetings this spring to pay $12,055,791 for next academic year. That’s a 2.7 percent budget increase. Teachers’ salaries and a new transportation contract take up a large portion of the increase, with smaller items … 0

Quick stop for house fire in New Salem

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEW SALEM — A quick response by several fire departments kept a local home from being consumed by flames Tuesday evening. “It was a great stop by all involved,” said Fire Chief Joseph Cuneo. The fire started in … 0

Quabbin lookout

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In this feature photo, the view from “The Lookout” in New Salem on Wednesday, overlooking the northern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Ludlow motorcyclist seriously injured when hit by car

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW SALEM — A motorcycle driver from Ludlow was seriously injured in an accident with a car Saturday afternoon. Donald Chartier, 62, of Ludlow, suffered multiple compound fractures to his arms and legs after being thrown from his … 0

Foodathon date moved

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ORANGE — The “North Quabbin Foodathon” fundraiser for food pantries in the nine-town North Quabbin Region will take place later than usual this year. The fundraiser, traditionally held on the second Tuesday in April in Orange and Athol, will instead take place May 20, said Nancy Graton, a … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0