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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

Mother’s Pantry to close Jan. 31

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 17 years on Bridge Street, Mother’s Pantry will close on Jan. 31. Although the store will be gone, Mother’s specialty food products — jams, chutneys, relishes, sauces and other items from locally grown ingredients — will still be available in other shops throughout the … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Student newspaper proves good read

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — When Buckland Shelburne Elementary School parent John Snyder volunteered to lead an after-school enrichment course last spring, starting a school newspaper wasn’t even on his mind. “I said I knew something about journalism and I’d … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0

Shelburne cable service to expand

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SHELBURNE — Comcast is planning a five-mile expansion of its television cable service in rural Shelburne, to meet the licensing terms of its latest contract with the town. Utility work along the following roads is expected to begin in August. The utility work will make cable service available … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year’s Day potluck kicks off Ashfield 250th year ASHFIELD — A New Year’s potluck/brunch will be held today in the Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jody Hall of the town’s Historical Commission said the low-key event is intended to kick-off the 250th anniversary of … 0

No snow? Ski areas have new options

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAWLEY — What do you do with 15.5 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails and no snow during a winter holiday week? Why not offer up those twisting, groomed trails to winter “fat biking?” That’s what Lloyd and … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, December 29, 2014

Opera rescheduled SHELBURNE — Work on the Memorial Hall roof unintentionally prevented operagoers from seeing the live, high-definition telecast of Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” by the Metropolitan Opera Co. recently. But a taped version of that Dec. 13 performance will be shown on Feb. 7 at … 0