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Quilter Ann Brauer in the shop she built after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed her old one.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Quilts triumph

Thursday, October 30, 2014

By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff SHELBURNE FALLS — At least 50,000 YouTube viewers have seen Ann Brauer’s pink quilt shop sail down Conway Street like a boat adrift in the floods of Tropical Storm Irene, but her new shop at 2 Conway St. is on higher ground and it’s much nicer. The green shop is built within the same footprint … 0

The doctor is in, again, in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, October 30, 2014

By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff SHELBURNE FALLS — The home-based office of Dr. Heyman Oxman, busy from the 1940s to the early 1960s, once again has a doctor in it: Stefan Topolski, MD. Trailside Health and its non-profit partner, Caring for Community, moved this summer from the Arrowhead Shops on the Mohawk Trail … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 Boston Globe. On Page D6 you’ll find a story about the 88-year-old, who was recently … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Arms Library to ‘put a roof on it’ in spring

Monday, October 6, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library “Put a Roof on It” campaign has raised $535,000 — enough to start construction next spring for the 101-year-old library’s critical roof replacement, says fundraising chairwoman Whit Sanford. But at least $315,000 … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reception for fiber art show in Shelburne Falls Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — On Sunday, the Shelburne Arts Cooperative hosts an opening reception of “From the Ground Up” featuring fiber art inspired by nature, created by Flo Rosenstock. The reception is from 2 to 5 p.m. Flo Rosenstock’s son, … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Free scarecrow workshop Sunday

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Among the planned Mohawk Trail 100th anniversary celebrations this fall will be a Route 2, Athol-to-Williamston parade of scarecrows on the weekend of Oct. 17 to 19. The scarecrows will have a place of honor along the Mohawk Trail, and The Art Garden wants to … 0

Trolley Museum makes room for 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is on track to double its appeal. It plans to restore and feature a second antique trolley in its rolling stock. A $110,000 car barn will be built to store … 0

Letter: Supporting seniors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lynne Kelsey is right. I did ask that $8,500 be transferred from the treasury of the Friends of West County Seniors to the Senior Center Foundation. Lynne failed to say where the money that I requested came from. Many of the funds were sent in response to letters … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0