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A bald Eagle soars over the Deerfied River in Charlemont recently. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

When the birds aren’t for the birds: Keeping our eagle eye peeled for returning raptors

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The eye is drawn to aberration, and on a recent morning my eye fixed on an opaque oval perched on a maple tree branch extending over a misty Route 2 in Charlemont. I’ve driven that stretch of road hundreds of times from my Shelburne Falls home to the Academy at Charlemont, where my son is a senior, and only once … 0

Rollover sends teen to hospital

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SHELBURNE — A 17-year-old Colrain woman was transported by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries after she drove her truck into a creek next to Brook Road on Thursday evening. Shelburne Center Fire Chief John Taylor said the call came in around 5 p.m. and by 5:30 p.m. the driver … 0

Letter: A special place

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recently, an email message was received from our Mohawk district superintendent, Michael Buoniconti, touting measured successes over the last eight years. In hard numbers and graphs, Buoniconti shares that the percentage of district students achieving proficient or higher in English language arts AND math has trended positively for several years, now both exceeding the state average. Congratulations to those who made, instituted and … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Living in a movie set: Reflections of a Shelburne Falls resident

Sunday, November 15, 2015

If you’ve lived in Shelburne Falls more than 18 months, you can’t walk down Bridge Street without a memory or two of a movie star sighting or extras waiting day after day on the sidewalks for “Action!” Everyone … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Spell-binding: Spelling Beans remain champs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BUCKLAND — Maybe it’s all that coffee that keeps them on their toes, but the Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters’ “Spelling Beans” won a third championship in this year’s Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee at the Mohawk Trail … 0

Letter: Real security risk

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To acknowledge Tim Grant’s Nov. 4 letter to the editor in The Recorder about who is “mentally sick” is probably fruitless. That said, I will refer Mr. Grant to this website — www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/612710 — in response to his quote about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders being a “hippy … 0

Shelburne town clerk hours

Monday, November 9, 2015

SHELBURNE — Town Clerk Joseph Judd will not hold office hours this Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 10 and 12, but will return on Monday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. … 0

Shelburne falls VFW meeting continued to today

Sunday, November 8, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls VFW Post 8503’s regularly scheduled meeting, held on Sunday, Nov. 1, was adjourned, but will reconvene today at 5:30 p.m. at Post headquarters, 10 Water St. … 0

Shelburne to cut ties with WiredWest

Friday, November 6, 2015

SHELBURNE — As a partially served Comcast “cable town,” Shelburne’s Technology and Cable Advisory Committee has voted to recommend the town withdraw from WiredWest, the cooperative formed originally by 42 towns to work together to build a “last-mile” fiber optic broadband network. But an official withdrawal may not … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Wheel-View hard cider to debut during CiderDays

Thursday, November 5, 2015

SHELBURNE CENTER — Add one more hard cider to the roster of local cider producers featured in this weekend’s Franklin County CiderDays. On Wednesday, Carolyn and John Wheeler of Wheel-View Farm received their state “Farmer Winery” license and … 0