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Hannah, 9, and her mother Heather Loomis back from skiing down empty Shelburne Falls streets.  Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

Shelburne Falls plays in the snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ski tracks marked the unblemished snow on unshoveled sidewalks along Main Street Tuesday morning, as residents awoke to a few inches of powdery, to-die-for snow and the governor’s orders to do no driving. Hannah Chase, 9, and her mother, Heather Loomis, skied from their home down Water Street, looping through the parking lot behind Keystone Market, down to Mechanic Street. “The snow was great,” said Loomis. “We saw kids in the green (between Main and Water streets) making snowmen and throwing snowballs. But it was like a ghost town.” “I’m kind of disappointed, honestly,” added Loomis. “I was really looking forward to … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 0

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough canned food to get her through. “It’s New England, we gotta expect this,” she said, … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

20 chilis to taste at Sunday Cook Off

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — If you come to the 19th annual “Chili Cook Off” this Sunday, come hungry: There will be 20 chilis on the table, and tasters will vote for their favorites. This year’s Chili Cook Off, sponsored … 0

West County food pantry numbers double

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In its first month inside its permanent new home in the Cowell Gymnasium building, the West County Emergency Food Pantry has doubled the number of West County households receiving food. On Jan. 24, the new … 0

Letter: Curbside compost

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here’s a suggestion to Greenfield residents and the DPW about increasing townwide food waste composting (“Composting program slow to catch on” Jan 6): add food waste collection to the curbside pickup. Although technical difficulties surely abound, this is a doable project for a town (city) as green as … 0

What’s in path of gas pipeline?

Monday, January 12, 2015

SHELBURNE — Selectmen are considering whether to create a “pipeline review committee,” that would examine any environmental issues for Shelburne land being considered as part of the Kinder-Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. pipeline running from Berkshire County through Dracut. Selectmen debated the idea of forming a pipeline review committee … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Goodbye La Luncheonette; hello Ponte

Monday, January 12, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Today is the final day for the tiny La Luncheonette, a breakfast and lunch cafe that opened about a year ago. Regular customers are invited to come by and even get the recipes for some … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, January 9, 2015

New owner for Ashfield Lake House? ASHFIELD — On Monday , the Selectboard will be meeting with Andrea “Dre” Rawlings of Ashfield, a prospective buyer of the Ashfield Lake House, for a discussion and possible vote to transfer the restaurant’s liquor license to Rawlings. Judith Hamilton has owned … 0

Letter: The media’s cruelty

Friday, January 9, 2015

Stamp of the media: Guilty! If there is a ghost of uncertainty or even a niggling doubt about the youthful morals of a certain celebrity, you can bet your worn-out coin that the press, with its unmatched lethality, will exploit accusations from some very questionable individuals. Many will … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0