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Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few first-timers. I’ve attended several times, a couple … 0

Letter: Unfair portrayal

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

As a funeral director, I feel the recent articles in The Recorder have unfairly portrayed all funeral homes as crooked or in need of oversight. I agree that there have been a few “bad apples,” but every job or profession does. These articles do bring to light that the consumers must be diligent when dealing with a funeral home in regards to prepayment. … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0

Wicked sweet work ethic: Mass. sugarhouses’ record-breaking maple syrup season

Monday, June 15, 2015

CONWAY — Though the maple sugaring season got off to a late start this year, Massachusetts’s sugarhouses had a record-breaking season. Winton Pitcoff, the coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, said the successful season could be attributed … 0

Orange voters support community development

Monday, June 15, 2015

Orange — Voters voiced their support of community development at Wednesday’s annual town meeting. The need for the community development director position came into question when Finance Committee member Brian Haskins proposed the committee’s 2016 budget, which did not include the $73,000 community development director salary, for approval. … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Orange petition calls for community stance on PARCC testing

Friday, June 12, 2015

ORANGE — Orange Elementary School Committee member Ray Younghans is new to his post, but has begun organizing a community effort against a new style of state standardized testing. Younghans, true to the convictions he expressed before being elected, says he believes strongly in state and local control … 0

Orange voters to decide fate of Community Development office

Friday, June 12, 2015

The fate of Community Development in Orange will be in the hands of voters Monday night at annual town meeting. The community development director position, originally funded by the Community Development Block Grant, has since grown into a larger asset for the town, according to the Board of … 0

Dekhockey leagues started at 202 Sports Complex in Orange

Friday, June 12, 2015

ORANGE — In 1974, the new owner of 202 Sports Complex on Daniel Shays Highway, who had always loved playing street hockey with neighborhood peers, moved from Canada to Leominster to work at Leominster Dekhockey Center. Forty-one years … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

Orange annual town meeting Monday

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ORANGE – Efforts to raise attendance for the annual town meeting has the town offering free child care for attendees through the Mahar Key Club. Although plans did not come together for a community dinner, the school cafeteria will be open for people who would like to bring … 0

Every hero has a story

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ORANGE — The new Children’s Librarian at Wheeler Memorial is busy visiting schools this month to let students know about the 2015 Every Hero Has a Story, summer reading program. “It will be a nice connection for me … 0