Hi 79° | Lo 51°


Kelly Goodwin works in the Club Cafe in the John W. Olver Transit Center talking with Heidi Streeter of Greenfield.
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when she died in May of last year, succumbing to the terrible disease that no one should ever have to endure. My heart … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as he’d hoped — or did it? He’s Wildcat O’Halloran, the charming, boisterous, contemporary blues singer-songwriter … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

PVRS starts school year with fresh administrative staff member

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — New School Year. New Superintendent. Ruth Miller will take over from Dayle Doiron as Pioneer Valley Regional School district’s superintendent. For the past three years, Miller worked as the superintendent and business manager for the Narragansett … 0

Northfield hops farmer shares story about family farm during festival

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Hops, a main ingredient in beer, can grow up to 30 feet high. These tall crops tower over 16 acres of land at Four Star Farms, a 28-year-old family operation tucked away in the Northfield Farms … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Northfield hop farm hosts beer and music festival Saturday

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Things should be hopping at Four Star Farms on Saturday. With two stages of live music, featuring funk, surf, country, bluegrass, classical and electronic groups, the music starts at noon and will go until 8 p.m. … 0

Moody, Schell left legacies in Northfield

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In an effort to keep a rich history alive, the Friends of Schell Bridge spent its annual meeting discussing the relationship between two famous residents — Dwight L. Moody and Francis Schell. Maine resident Kevin Belmonte, … 0

Letter: A little more balance

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I understand that religion plays a prominent part of the lives of many Pioneer Valley residents, and thus has a place in your “Faith Matters” section. I’ve read some of your pieces by local religious leaders, and I am puzzled at what seems to be open proselytizing about … 0

‘A total loss:’ Lane Construction fire causes $500,000 in damage

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A fire that gutted the scale house and control center at Lane Construction’s asphalt plant on Mount Hermon Station Road in Northfield Monday night has caused over half a million dollars worth of damage and temporarily … 0

Lane Construction scale house gutted by fire

Monday, August 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The scale house of Lane Construction in Northfield was gutted by fire Monday night. Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell of the Northfield Fire Department said reports of an explosion and fire at the Mount Hermon Station … 0