Tom White works on a bowl in his studio on Monday in preparation for the 10th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this weekend, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at nine potters' studios across the Franklin and Hampshire counties.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

Pottery trail turns 10 this weekend

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For the past decade, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail has brought folks to the area from far and wide, in search of the perfect pot. This year, the trail will host 20 potters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at nine locations in Shelburne Falls, Greenfield, Northfield and Hampshire County. Area artisans will invite their customers into their studios, give demonstrations on their potters’ wheels and host musicians and guest potters. “It grows steadily every year,” said potter Tom White of Northfield. “We’re getting more and more visitors, and sales have grown, too.” White said last year’s pottery trail grossed about $58,000. … 0

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and … 0

Cell tower could benefit Pioneer district

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A deal in the works could bring the Pioneer Valley Regional School District $2 million over 25 years. The district has negotiated a deal for AT&T Wireless to build and use a 120-foot cellular phone tower on north side of the Pioneer Valley Regional School grounds. The proposal calls for a $27,600 annual lease, with an initial period of five years, … 0

Northfield still without full-time admin.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The search for a new town administrator has been narrowed to a single candidate — for the moment. John Sanguinet and Carlotta Pini were the two finalists recommended to the Selectboard by the Town Administrator Search Committee, and Sanguinet is the last man standing after Pini … 0

Northfield Notebook

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Northfield voter registration NORTHFIELD — April 15 will be the last day to register to vote in the May 6 annual town election. Residents who will be 18 or older on or before election day may register during normal town clerk hours, or during extended registration hours from … 0

On the run

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In this feature photo, a few chickens flew the coop in Northfield on Monday, taking a stroll through the center of town while their owners were away. ( Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

Letter: Ski jump memories

Monday, March 17, 2014

I remember as a 5-year-old (in 1950), my father, Stan Powers, taking my brother Michael (a 3-year-old) to the Ski Jump in Greenfield. He, my uncle, Myron Powers, and their friend Bill Bomley, were members of the Edelweiss Ski Club and may have been founding members with Chuck … 0

Letter: A key jumper

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jason Butynski’s good piece on ski jumping in Greenfield (March 11) omitted a key figure, Strand Mikkelsen, who, as a Norwegian immigrant to the Greenfield area, may actually have introduced the sport to the American public, along with Kenny Suhl. He was also jumping in Madison Square Garden, … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Fred W. Wells scholarship applications available

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Applications for 2014-2015 Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships and grants are now available at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Scholarships are available to graduating seniors and full-time … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0

Northfield fire station gets second look

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Will a multi-department public safety complex fit where the fire station now stands? The Emergency Services Facility Committee hopes to find out. Floyd “Skip” Dunnell, fire chief and committee member, said the committee is uncertain just how much of the 93 Main St. property is suitable … 0