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Dolly Gagnon sits at her keyboard in The Recorder newsroom. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

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 for more than 30 years, and if … 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 of Saint Valentine, the holiday is celebrated on Feb. 14 each year. According to History.com, … 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 p.m. to 8:30 and will teach participants how to weave beads into their own window-pane … 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

Northfielders discuss impacts of revising zoning

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Numerous Main Street home, land and business owners feel that the town should revise its zoning bylaws for clarity, but they worry the changes may impact the aesthetic appeal of its historical New England appearance. Daphne Politis, a municipal planning consultant, led a discussion this week … 0

Pipeline advisory committee requests consultants

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The four member towns of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee have requested that the COG hire a team of consultants to study construction impacts on roads, bridges and other public infrastructure … 0

Researchers to present health hazard findings regarding pipeline stations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DEERFIELD — The team of researchers that studied the health effects of a 12,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor in Minisink, N.Y., will present their findings at Frontier Regional High School this Saturday. The team includes Celia Lewis, Ph.D., Beth … 0

Camp Northfield to host ‘Arctic Blast’ family winter activity day Saturday

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Camp Northfield Director Jeremy Losier plans to host the first of four Arctic Blast sessions this Saturday, no matter how little or how much snow falls on the hilltop. Arctic Blast was established years ago as a fundraiser to pay for the campground’s utility bills. The … 0

Northfield fire knocked down with neighborly help

Monday, January 25, 2016

NORTHFIELD — A community effort by Northfield residents, EMTs, Highway Department workers and firefighters helped keep a small barn fire on Caldwell Road in check and spare the structure from major damage. Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0