Jaydon Grazick, 9, of Greenfield, stands under one of the water jets at the new splash pad at Hillside Park in Greenfield in early July. 
Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with your child — brining him or her to day care, for instance — and it’s not your regular routine, create a reminder … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic … 1

Child cyclist hit by car in Orange accident

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ORANGE — A child was struck by a vehicle on Brookside Road Tuesday evening and was rushed to the hospital by helicopter, but emergency responders said it appears her injuries were not life-threatening. “All indications are that they are non-life-threatening injuries,” said Orange Police Chief Craig Lundgren. Lundgren said he didn’t have all the details Tuesday night, but a 12-year-old girl was taken … 0

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

Letter: Where’s Rosenberg?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The pipeline has been in the news lately. Stanley Rosenberg has been in the news lately. Why has he yet to adhere to his constituents’ wishes and publicly oppose the pipeline? His silence is deafening. And his lack of courage on this issue thumbs his nose on his … 0

Mental health workers union plans strike: Slams Clinical and Support Options productivity requirement, says 1/3 of workers’ wages near poverty level

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — With contract negotiations fruitless since October, union employees of a substantial mental health provider plan a strike on July 22. Clinical and Support Options management announced the impasse in negotiations and the planned strike in a statement characterizing the union’s position as a demand to be … 0

Orange Community Band to play Children’s Night concert Friday

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Orange Community Band will perform the annual Children’s Night Concert Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. on the Bandstand in Orange. Stephanie Parker will conduct the concert, which is sponsored by the Lyman and Kilhart families. Tim Sweeney is master of ceremonies, and he will be directing … 0

Teens arrested in beer, Slim Jim heist

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ORANGE — Two 17-year-old boys were arrested on charges of stealing alcohol and Slim Jims, following a break-in at Mike’s Place, a bar and grill on East River Street. Responding to a call that a burglary appeared to be in progress lat Tuesday night, police found the back … 0

Mahar School shifts to co-principals for coming school year

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ORANGE — Students and families of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School will see a change in leadership for the 2015-16 school year. The departure of Principal Ishmael Tabales as of July 1 has left an opening and Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says an interim plan has been put … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0