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Firefighters contain a fire that broke out at an office and scale house at Lane Construction on Mount Hermon Station Road in Northfield Monday night. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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 Road asphalt plant came in around 8:58 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find the scale house and operations building fully engulfed, with heavy … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to … 0

Letter: We need energy strategy

Monday, August 3, 2015

The comments by Sen. Stan Rosenberg, Rep. Paul Mark and others were weak. Postponing the Kinder Morgan pipeline project for further review is not the answer. What is needed are strong leaders who have the courage to talk about a Massachusetts and federal energy strategy that effectively addresses the realties of climate change. Our environment is suffering and species depletion is out of … 1

To hit bull’s-eye, embrace dichotomy

Sunday, July 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — “Hook, grip, set, draw, anchor,” founder of Amherst Archery Academy Kyle Bissell commanded to a community archery class sponsored by the Dickinson Memorial Library summer program. On Saturday, in a field across from the library, Bissell … 0

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0

A Natural Concert Band to play Northfield senior pavilion tonight

Friday, July 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In need of a family-friendly event that will bring back memories of sitting in the bleachers at a high school or college sports game? Look no further than “A Natural Concert Band” performance hosted by the Northfield Council on Aging today at 6 p.m. at the … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

If faith matters — and it does — then prayer matters

Friday, July 10, 2015

(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: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0

In search of a great set of pipes: Organ enthusiasts tour western Massachusetts

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Drivers passing by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday probably wondered why two green charter buses were parked out front. Every year, members of the Organ Historical Society travel to a city touring sites … 0

Northfield rejects meeting with Kinder Morgan prior to scoping session

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — During this week’s Selectboard meeting, attendees were asked, using a show of hands, who prefers to have a one-on-one meeting — called an open house — with Kinder Morgan pipeline representatives. A similar meeting was held In February at Greenfield Community College. Spokespeople from the Tennessee … 1