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The Rev. Dr. Megan Leary of the Central Congregational Church in Orange. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this series, email religion@recorder.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. … 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 the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 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 the changing needs of our community over the years. Ed is leaving shortly after completing … 0

Making regional transport accessible: Plan increases focus on rail, bike, pedestrian

Monday, July 13, 2015

If the hot-air balloons that were part of this weekend’s Green River Festival got you thinking about alternative travel modes, you may want to look at one of two regional transportation plans now in the works that emphasize … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor collecting for other youngsters

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our young neighbor Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, who is a sophomore at Stoneleigh Burnham School, is currently working on an independent community service project through the school. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Comfort Wagon Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Seven comfort wagons … 0

Orange energy group says juice is flowing

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ORANGE — Town of Orange ad hoc Energy Committee recently announced that after one year of operation, the agreement to purchase solar electric power from the Warren “C” facility has met expectations, saving the town budget more than $128,000 in electricity costs. The Town of Orange is the … 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