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MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that … 0

Letter: Praising The Recorder

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As a former 25-plus-year resident of New Salem, I would like to join my old neighbors in praising the work of The Recorder for strong and fair local reporting. The Good Ship Blagg was the paper I subscribed to electronically and turned to daily for news of my … 0

Letter: Heard in New Salem

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My wife and I were among the residents of New Salem who turned out to talk with Editor George Forcier, on Tuesday, July 14, as he made his rounds meeting with the people of the towns of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. We want to take … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

New Salem OKs tax levy limit exemption on borrowing $1.5M for broadband

Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW SALEM — Voters overwhelmingly approved a Proposition 21/2 exemption on borrowing $1.5 million to bring broadband Internet access to town. Monday night’s vote, which was 177-6, allows the borrowed sum to be exempt from the normal 21/2 percent tax levy limit. It was a special election that … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

It takes 2 to tango in New Salem crosscut saw contest

Saturday, July 18, 2015

NEW SALEM — Bill Daniels gripped the crosscut saw’s hilt as he helped his son, Jacob, lift the tool and line its teeth up with a large block of wood on the New Salem Town Common Saturday afternoon. … 0

From the Editor’s Desk: A friendly reminder as New Salem stop reiterates importance of town coverage

Friday, July 17, 2015

As you cruise along tree-lined Route 202, New Salem’s charming town center, tucked away on a loop of side road, is perhaps out of sight, but should not be out of mind. At least that was the gentle … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0