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

Changing of the guard at Orange library

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ORANGE — Walt Owens took a break from his own retirement party Wednesday afternoon in the Wheeler Memorial Library to help a patron with the printer. The printer and some of the politics that go with being head … 0

Several local fire departments receive public fire education grants

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen local fire departments have been awarded public fire education grants by the Baker Administration, including money to work with both classroom teachers and older adults to deliver fire and life safety lessons. The administration announced Wednesday that 228 Massachusetts departments had been awarded Student Awareness … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Stretching before exercise: An investment in your body

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stretching isn’t much fun, but everyone knows you have to do it before exercising, right? “People just aren’t stretching in general. They work out and they say they don’t need stretching, and stretching is important no matter whether … 0

Free cooking classes coming to Orange

Sunday, January 10, 2016

ORANGE — A free four-week series of cooking classes is being offered through the Quabbin Harvest food coop in Orange. Sponsors Quabbin Harvest Market, The Farm School, and the First Universalist Church invite members of the community to participate. Classes are Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. … 0

Orange bids farewell to retiring library dir.

Friday, January 8, 2016

ORANGE —The Friends of the Orange Public Libraries will host an Open House on Wednesday, to honor retiring Library Director Walt Owens, and to welcome new Library Director Jessica Magelaner. The event will take place in the East … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0

Orange dog licenses now available

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ORANGE — Dog licenses for 2016 are now available at the town clerk’s office. All dogs, 6 months or older, must be licensed by March 31. The rates for dog licenses are male and female, $20; neutered and spayed, $10. Proof of neutering or spaying along with proof … 0

Dog friend, police and firefighters save dog in Orange

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ORANGE — Police and firefighters rescued a small dog Tuesday morning after he became stuck and his canine companion went for help. Firefighter Meaghan Ahearn said the dog had a little blood on his ear but did not seem seriously hurt during his ordeal. “Everything worked out fine. … 1