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Northfield Elementary School Principal Tom King. Contributed photo

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 will use his free time traveling around the world with his wife and honing his photographic skills and learning guitar. “There are many things that will fill my life and I have no worries about not having something to do,” he said. “I’ve always had to travel during school vacations, so I really want to travel in the fall. I’m planning on going to Italy and Peru … 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

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, … 0

North County towns to host annual dinners Saturday

Friday, January 15, 2016

Looking for a hearty meal to share with your neighbors? Gather your friends or family and head out to the Northfield Trinitarian Church at 5:30 p.m. tonight if you’re in the mood for a chicken and biscuit supper or go to the Warwick Town Hall at 6 p.m. … 0

West Northfield hike heads to Masson Ridge

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Veteran local tracker and naturalist David Brown will join the Northfield Third Sunday Hike Series this month for a tour of the “Forever Wild” conservation restriction land in West Northfield owned by Bill and Christine Copeland. Participants in this week’s walk should meet at 1 p.m. … 0

Northfield govt. needs volunteers

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Does your New Year’s resolution include volunteering in your hometown? Here’s your chance. Several Northfield town committees have vacancies to fill in 2016. Among the volunteer positions that are open: Northfield Agricultural Commission, Building Utilization and … 0

Letter: Why I like Foster’s

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I was glad to see Foster’s standing up for itself and for local businesses. Mr. Foster shouldn’t have to do this himself. Foster’s is an affordable, family-owned, long-standing, quality grocery store. It has good prices on high quality foods like all-natural chicken, local yogurt, and fresh produce, as … 1

Cash flow chief woe for Pioneer schools

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s Superintendent Ruth Miller just completed her entry-level report and found that each district school is well-respected across the region from academic to extracurricular performance but — like many districts in the … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

No snow, no go: Northfield Mountain cancels Winter Trails Day Saturday

Thursday, January 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environment Center has canceled Saturday’s Winter Trails Day program due to the lack of snow. Winter Trails Day is a national event sponsored by the Cross Country Ski Areas Association which allows its member resorts and Nordic centers a chance to offer … 0

Letter: Help to change

Thursday, January 7, 2016

We are experiencing a major problem with addiction in the area. This is not new but it is getting worse. It is driven by the pharmaceutical companies on purpose and by physicians unknowingly. Somehow, we think that by replacing one narcotic with another we will solve the problem. … 1

MLK influences pipeline opposition march

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Athol resident Hattie Nestel purposely wanted to conclude next week’s three-day march outlining the proposed path of a controversial natural gas pipeline route on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a way to celebrate his achievements and beliefs, she said this week. “His memory and influence are … 0