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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

Plans to vote on Mahar Dam postponed

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — The dam at Mahar Regional School has been the subject of debate since a 2009 inspection gave it a poor report card. The state Office of Dam Safety told the school district that the dam needed to be repaired, breached or removed. The school district has … 0

Mahar sees 2.7% budget hike request

Friday, March 28, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School’s new superintendent would like a 2.7 percent budget increase for next school year. A public hearing on the budget request will be held on Tuesday in the school’s Library-Media Center at 7 p.m. The spending plan, presented by new Superintendent Tari N. … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Letter: Unhappy with coverage

Thursday, March 27, 2014

One would think, given all the criticism The Recorder has received regarding its recent inflammatory coverage of Al Norman and the wetlands regulations rewrite process, that the paper would bend over backwards to at least have the appearance of higher journalistic standards moving forward in its continuing coverage … 0

Neighbors: Local figure skater to sing with her college choir

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s always nice to hear that one of our own is accomplishing what they set out to. Brandi Weyers, a college freshman from Northfield, will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Baker … 0

Dog rescues keep firefighters busy

Monday, March 24, 2014

Firefighters rescued two dogs in separate life-threatening incidents in the North Quabbin Area Monday — one involving fire, the other ice. An Orange family lost its kitchen to a fire Monday morning but their dog is reportedly recuperating from smoke inhalation, while another dog survived an icy dip … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0