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The 2014 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest winners at Stoneleigh-Brunham School in Greenfield. The annual poetry contest, conducted by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is open to all Franklin County residents and students. The winner was James Heflin (seated) for his poem "Viva." Stella Corso (third from right) took second place for her poem "Slow March," while Alice Thomas (second from left) took third place for her poem "For Wood: Syria." The top two in the youth ages 12 to 14 category were A.J. WIlson (third from left) for his poem "Winter," and Jenna Hackett (first on left) for her poem "Be Free." The top two in the youth ages 15 to 18 were Grace Engelman (second from right) for her poem "The Perfectionist" and A.J. Urzedowski for his poem "Poetry That I Understand." Recorder file photo/Micky Bedell

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, so it’s time to get serious. The … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me … 0

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Friday, February 5, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan has raised some outcry, and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled an informational … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and … 0

Orange EMS hikes rates for out-of-town runs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — Orange has increased its costs for providing surrounding towns who are served by the Orange Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services. Orange EMS has proposed its operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year at $885,605 — $44,000 … 0

Neighbors: Share your Valentine’s Day stories with your neighbors

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hello neighbor. As we approach Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear — and possibly share — some of your stories. Please send me some of your fondest Valentine’s Day memories, whether it be about your partner, children or pets. Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast … 0

Mount Zion proposed home for timber rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mount Zion is the proposed home, previously unnamed, of a timber rattlesnake population to be bred and placed by the state. At 1,410 acres — the area of about 1,000 football fields — Mount Zion is the largest … 0

Quabbin snake island idea gives some creepy-crawlies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ORANGE — Some who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 timber … 0

Baby, it’s not that cold outside: Franklin County experiencing unseasonably warm weather

Monday, February 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — It doesn’t matter what Punxsutawney Phil does today. Franklin County isn’t seeing the type of winter it is accustomed to. Homeowners and business proprietors likely enjoy not having to shovel, but what does a winter without … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0