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New Salem

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 to The Shea in Turners Falls, three … 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 the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Keep visible reminders

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Roger Thurber of New Salem keeps a statue that used to sit in the waiting room of his father’s old medical practice; two doctors in heated disagreement over a patient. Last year, he almost lost his foot to … 0

Lee reflects on 1st year on Beacon Hill

Sunday, January 3, 2016

ATHOL ­­— Fourteen months ago, when she was a challenger wrapping up a campaign against a two-term Democratic incumbent for a House seat in a district that included conservative Worcester County as well as more liberal Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe New Year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m not going to make any resolutions this year. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve followed through with one in years — maybe never. Instead, I’m going to live life the best … 0

A glance at the season of giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers have been out in all weather, but this month’s unseasonably warm weather rain seems to have dampened donations. Wednesday, with a day’s receipts still to be added and one final day … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0

For sake of food and future

Sunday, December 20, 2015

ORANGE — There’s plenty to chew on in this community, and around North Quabbin where the hunger to turn the economy around and grow the local food economy is more than a pipe dream. The Pioneer Valley has … 0

‘Keep on going,’ says Citizen of the Year

Friday, December 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 33rd Recorder Citizen of the Year, Clifford Fournier of Orange, told the more than 300 people at a recognition breakfast Friday they should “keep on going,” like he has, 20 years after retirement, to do … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe during the holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are starting to slow down and speed up all at the same time. While there aren’t as many public events between now and New Year’s Eve, everyone is getting ready for their own family celebrations. … 0