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The 2014 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest winners at Stoneleigh-Brunham School in Greenfield. The annual poetry contest, conducted by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is open to all Franklin County residents and students. The winner was James Heflin (seated) for his poem "Viva." Stella Corso (third from right) took second place for her poem "Slow March," while Alice Thomas (second from left) took third place for her poem "For Wood: Syria." The top two in the youth ages 12 to 14 category were A.J. WIlson (third from left) for his poem "Winter," and Jenna Hackett (first on left) for her poem "Be Free." The top two in the youth ages 15 to 18 were Grace Engelman (second from right) for her poem "The Perfectionist" and A.J. Urzedowski for his poem "Poetry That I Understand." Recorder file photo/Micky Bedell

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, so it’s time to get serious. The … 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 last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me … 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 reviewed statewide data and found that elementary classrooms with fewer than 20 students don’t need … 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

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0

Cameron’s Winery approved to serve a full glass of wine

Sunday, January 3, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Last week the Selectboard granted Cameron’s Winery a wine and malt pouring license, allowing the business to serve patrons a 5-ounce glass instead of five 1-ounce taster servings. “Sometimes when you are just trying a 1-ounce sample, it’s very hard to determine whether or not you’re … 0

Faith Matters: ’Tis the season of our awakening

Friday, January 1, 2016

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

North County towns look ahead to 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

NORTH COUNTY — The controversial Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, wider availability of broadband Internet and property tax rates are a few of the topics towns in northern Franklin County will continue to grapple with in 2016. Bernardston Board … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe New Year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m not going to make any resolutions this year. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve followed through with one in years — maybe never. Instead, I’m going to live life the best … 0

A glance at the season of giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers have been out in all weather, but this month’s unseasonably warm weather rain seems to have dampened donations. Wednesday, with a day’s receipts still to be added and one final day … 0