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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

Area citizens apply to be intervenors in FERC’s pipeline permit process

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NORTHFIELD — About half of the 30 people who showed up for a workshop Tuesday night on how to intervene in the Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline project submitted their applications then and there to federal regulators, according … 0

Northfield trash stickers

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Trash transfer station stickers are now available to town residents and can be purchased from the town clerk for $5 each. Town Clerk Dan Campbell’s office is at 69 Main St. … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Pioneer principal resigns

Monday, December 21, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School, William Wehrli, is leaving. “He made an announcement to the staff today,” said Superintendent Ruth Miller, asked Monday night about Wehrli’s reported resignation. Miller later offered a brief statement: “Mr. Wehrli served the school district for many years, he … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0

Northfield man to lead statewide forest trade group

Monday, December 21, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Nathan L’Etoile has been named executive director of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance, a Marlborough-based membership organization that supports the economic benefits of a sustainable forest economy in Massachusetts. A former assistant state agriculture commissioner and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau’s government affairs director, L’Etoile was raised on, … 0

Letter: Trump exposed

Friday, December 18, 2015

What is happening to this country? A candidate for president who rants about Muslims without knowing anything about the Islamic religion. Every religion has its extremists. My family left Germany 80 years ago to escape a fanatical bigot who got the masses all riled up and gained their … 0

Northfield students graduate from one of county’s few remaining DARE programs

Thursday, December 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — On Wednesday, a few of the 35 Northfield Elementary School fifth-grade Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduates gave program mascot Daren the Lion a fist bump, a high five and some students even opted for a … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe during the holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are starting to slow down and speed up all at the same time. While there aren’t as many public events between now and New Year’s Eve, everyone is getting ready for their own family celebrations. … 0

MBI, WiredWest work to settle differences over broadband plan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is … 0