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Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Bartlett and Representative Stephen Kulik announces grants for parks for area towns, including $226,000 for Montague to finally build a skate park and $400,000 for Greenfield to develop Green River Park. Recorder/Paul Franz

Grant comes through for Unity Skate Park, Greenfield dog park, Northfield recreation

Monday, October 27, 2014

The suspense is over for local skaters and their supporters, with two decades of effort toward a permanent skate park gratified Monday as officials announced a $272,000 skate park grant, as well as money for a dog park in Greenfield and recreation development of a Northfield forest parcel. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett visited Unity Park … 1

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have their usual rag shag parades again this year. Greenfield will begin its festivities at 4 … 0

Northfield to defend against utility tax bill challenge

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town is the latest to enlist legal help as its largest taxpayer contests its bill. FirstLight Power Resources, operator of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project, requested an abatement of its fiscal year 2014 Northfield tax bill. The Board of Assessors denied the request, and the company has appealed to the state’s Appellate Tax Board. The company is the town’s … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Five scholarships awarded by Greenfield church

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Several scholarships have been awarded to local students by Second Congregational Church. The Frances W. and Charles Saunders Scholarships, the Florence V. Leach Scholarship, and the Memorial Fund Scholarships are provided annually to members and others who are affiliated with Second Church. The Scholarship Committee has … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Go, Great Pumpkin

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — While “Peanuts” character Linus Van Pelt looked for the Great Pumpkin every Halloween and never found it, he may have had better luck had he looked at the Franklin County Fair. The biggest pumpkin at the … 0

Northfield admin. post goes to Norwell man

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will soon have a new full-time town administrator, after a Norwell businessmen accepted the job. The Selectboard unanimously chose Brian Noble of Norwell after it interviewed three finalists. They’ve negotiated a contract, which Noble … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Fair fire muster results

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Franklin County Fair ended Sunday and results will soon be published for all competitions, from best quilt to strongest draft horse team. Results from the Firefighters’s Muster Sunday, a preview of fair results to come: Midnight alarm Colrain Fire Department, first; Vernon, Vt. Fire Department, second; Warwick … 0

Letter: Unhappy with override

Friday, September 5, 2014

As a Northfield taxpayer, I continue to be troubled by how school officials were involved in promoting the July 8 override vote for additional school funding. Weeks prior to the vote, they sent multiple e-mails to parents encouraging them to vote and informing them of the implications on … 0