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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

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Friday, February 5, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan has raised some outcry, and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled an informational … 0

Orange OKs spending

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ORANGE — The “ayes” had it at Thursday night’s special town meeting, approving money for the Department of Public Works and schools. The first two articles provided a total of $30,000 for the DPW. The first $20,000, which goes to the wages line, interim Director Josh Knechtel said … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Rescued dog continues to heal

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ORANGE — “Chessie” the Chesapeake Bay retriever continues to recuperate, with a full veterinary schedule in the week after he was brought in from 43 days of cold. “There’s a lot of coyote prints out there, too. It’s … 0

Hit by car, dog found alive but cold 43 days later

Monday, January 25, 2016

ORANGE — A search lasting days and firefighters with thermal-imaging cameras found nothing, but a dog who went missing after being struck by a car in mid-December turned up alive this weekend after 43 days of coping in … 0

Orange library hosts Friday films for adults

Monday, January 25, 2016

ORANGE — The Wheeler Memorial Library will begin its Fourth Friday Film Series for adults with a showing of the movie, “The Martian” starring Matt Damon, on Friday at 7 p.m. The film looks at what happens when astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, leaving behind a … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

Woman airlifted to hospital after Orange car crash

Friday, January 22, 2016

ORANGE — A woman was transported to the hospital by helicopter after her pickup struck a utility pole on Daniel Shays Highway early Friday morning. The accident happened at 4:20 a.m. when the operator lost control and crossed over the opposite lane, according to Orange police Sgt. James … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Orange special town meeting set for Thursday

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ORANGE — Street maintenance and schools are up for votes at next week’s special town meeting, with money moved at the last town meeting to be returned to strained departments. The Thursday meeting is to convene at 7 p.m. in Mahar Regional School, 507 South Main St. There … 0