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Northfield Church to host Valentine’s Day concert

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church will host the first ever “Love and Chocolate Concert” at 7 p.m. on Saturday in celebration of Valentine’s Day. A variety of performers from the Pioneer Valley — including some from the Da Camera Singers — will sing love songs throughout the decades. The lineup includes: Jeff and Grace Olmsted, The Romeos, Patter Field and Ted Thornton. Each group will sing four songs … 0

Northfield winery celebrates pouring license

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Cameron’s Winery has been granted a wine and malt pouring license from the local licensing authority and will serve its first glass of wine at a Mardi Gras celebration Saturday at 6 p.m. in the winery to celebrate the news. In November, Paul and Leslie Cameron moved their business from Swansey, … 0

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, … 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 … 0

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller … 0

Northfield principal announces retirement

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Elementary School Principal Tom King plans to retire at the end of the school year. The principal of 13 years plans to work hard until his very last day on June 30, he said. He … 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

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

Library to start adult craft night

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Dickinson Memorial Library will begin hosting an adult craft night on the third Friday of each month. Library Programming Director Matt Atwood said each event is free but may include a small materials fee. Carolyn Reese will host the first program on Feb. 19 from 6:30 … 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

Residents encouraged to conduct air tests near pipeline compressor site before construction

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DEERFIELD — If abutters to a proposed natural gas compressor station in Northfield are concerned about what the facility will do to the air they breathe, they’d do well to take note of the current air quality, according … 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