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The colorguard passes by on Federal Street in Greenfield during the 2012 Memorial Day parade in Greenfield.
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Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service. The … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured speakers and music as well. Bernardston The town’s parade kicks off from the Four Leaf … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small world. Shortly after we boarded and were waiting at the elevator to make our way … 0

Letter: Watch out for personal agendas

Monday, May 18, 2015

How unfortunate that some people have a personal agenda which seeks to stamp out WiredWest. These agendas include “look at me” and gaining customers for a business. To these ends, certain individuals have spread rumors and “misinformation” concerning WiredWest. The WiredWest plan will better serve the rural, sparsely … 0

Rowe Conference Center offers weekend healing event for veterans

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Edward Tick, who co-founded A Soldier’s Heart, a Troy, N.Y.-based nonprofit veterans’ healing initiative, and also a trainer of thousands of military chaplains in the holistic and spiritual response to war trauma, will lead a Rowe Conference Center weekend event, “Restoring the Soul After War: A Memorial Day … 0

Wilson wins Rowe re-election

Sunday, May 17, 2015

ROWE — Selectmen’s Chairwoman Marilyn Wilson won a second term in a close race with former selectman Paul McClatchy III, taking 91 votes to McClatchy’s 72. Of the town’s 270 registered voters, 62 percent cast ballots. A ballot question asking voters if they want to exempt Rowe’s $860,000 … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Letter: Dangerous mindset

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Christopher Farrell of Berkshire Gas said that people who opposed Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline engaged in “a little eco-terrorism” and “care only about imposing their personal philosophy and agenda. ... They sure don’t care about the local economy.” The Recorder editorial said this comment “lacked tact,” but it … 0

Rowe ballot has 2-way selectman’s seat contest

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ROWE — Selectman’s Chairwoman Marilyn Wilson is facing a re-election challenge from former Selectman Paul McLatchy III in Saturday’s annual town election. Wilson is seeking her second term on the Board of Selectmen, which she has been chairing for the last two years. McLatchy served as selectman for … 1

Rowe unanimous on broadband

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ROWE — The town is ready to pay for its share of a $1.3 million fiber-optic broadband build-out for this town of roughly 400 people. Annual town meeting voters unanimously agreed to borrow $860,000 for Rowe’s share of the cost, as laid out under the WiredWest initiative for … 0

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

No easy answers for Charlemont Ambulance certification

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — While the three-town Charlemont Ambulance Department is in danger of having its certification pulled at the end of the month, officials say the problem isn’t in the ambulance service itself. It’s not in Charlemont, Hawley or … 0