Still peaking at 94: Orange nonagenarian plans Greylock climb

Monday, August 31, 2015

ORANGE — Tom Harty has hiked all 67 of the 4,000- or more-foot peaks in New England, and like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going and going ... The nonagenarian, who will be 95 on Oct. 27, plans to, for about the 15th year in a row, climb Mount Greylock on Columbus Day. “I do it every … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight … 0

New fire chief, but a familiar face

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ORANGE — Born and raised in Orange, James Young Jr., the town’s new fire chief, has many goals in store for the squad as he transitions into his new position. First, he intends to fill two vacant entry-level firefighter positions, which will bring the department to full strength. And just as he stepped … 0

Faith Matters: ‘Enough is enough!’

Friday, August 28, 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: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Sept. 12 festival benefits Orange parks

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ORANGE — Fall is right around the corner, and so is the annual Celebrate Orange festival, featuring fun, food and music. The event will be held Sept. 12 at Riverfront Park on East River Street in Orange to help raise money for the parks of Orange, which are … 0

Moves in the Park series ends Thursday

Monday, August 17, 2015

ORANGE — Friendly Town Movies in the Park closes out its free summer outdoor movie program Thursday night. Disney’s “Into the Woods” will be the summer’s final film at Riverfront Park. The movie, which features Meryl Streep, is a modern twist on Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The original … 0

Shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tax-free weekend came and went again this weekend. Sunday, the stores that were open seemed busy or reported brisk sales. But many were closed as usual, despite the potential draw of tax-free sales. At the WalMart in Orange, … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

A river runs through it

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ORANGE — A crowd of roughly 75 people gathered in the fire station to hear about a brand new-vision for downtown Orange. Spearheaded by the town’s Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy, Wendesday’s event was the culmination of an … 0