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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

Volunteer Day at Athol Community Wood Bank Sunday

Friday, December 4, 2015

ATHOL — Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and the Town of Athol are holding a hands-on day of volunteering to provide fire wood for the needy. The event will take place at the Athol Department of Public Works Garage, 338 Unity Ave. on Sunday from 10 a.m. to … 0

WiredWest disputes MBI claims

Friday, December 4, 2015

The cooperative that has proposed building broadband Internet service in area towns has lashed out against the state agency that is withholding money for the project. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has also asked WiredWest member towns not to … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, December 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Cultural Council: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. … 0

Local students honored by superintendents

Thursday, December 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Grades, sports and a host of unique personal achievements and qualities put eight students in the spotlight Thursday night, one selected from each of the area’s public school systems. Every year, the superintendent of each … 1

Neighbors: Candlelight vigil to remember mass shooting victims

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. We are faced, once again, with the stark realization that two more mass shootings happened this week in California and Georgia. We all keep asking, “Why is this happening and how do we stop it?” We may never know or understand why this keeps happening or … 0

MBI faults WiredWest plan, won’t use state money for it

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state entity that can funnel millions of dollars to bring broadband Internet to local towns has slammed the brakes on the plans of the WiredWest Internet cooperative. Saying WiredWest’s current proposed agreement for member towns … 1

Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — … 0

Climate March comes to North Quabbin Sunday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, a range of citizens from the Quabbin Region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary … 0

Letter: Perception vs. risk reality

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I found the headline “Paris attacks lead Americans to wonder about safety” (The Recorder, 11/18/15), very interesting and wondering about our grasp of risk. Although the Paris attacks were a terrible tragedy, every 2 days more Americans die in car accidents than died in the Paris attacks. If … 0