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86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that more treatment beds in or near Franklin … 0

Sweetheart is sold: Shelburne group purchases iconic former restaurant

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The village’s iconic former Sweetheart Restaurant has changed hands again. A group calling itself Sweetheart Realty LLC now owns the white building at the entrance to Shelburne Falls at the corner of Route 2 and South Maple Street. It was sold for $220,000 by the estate of Mauricia Alvarez, who … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as … 0

Letter: Hat misidentified

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Faith and Begorrah! The two duffers in vintage duds shown on the sports page of Thursday’s Recorder (Aug. 26) weren’t wearing tam o’shanters as the article stated. A real tam has a headband below wool segments with a pom-pom atop its center, as even Ringo knows (just Google … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, … 0

Shelburne Grange Fair attracts multiple generations

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SHELBURNE — Six-year-old L.J. Giguere knelt down in a shady spot under a tent at the 69th annual Shelburne Grange Fair Saturday afternoon and helped her 2-year-old sister, Grace, reach into the “Pocket Lady’s” apron and grab a … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Free showing of local film tonight in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — It’s not “The Judge” or “Labor Day,” but “Hank” — a 20-minute movie starring a local actress and filmed at Hager’s Farm Market that will be given a free premier showing tonight at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall auditorium, where Pothole Pictures are shown. … 0

Letter: Protecting our valley

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

If we spend a lot of time and energy studying what the pipeline (pipedream!) people are planning to do, we are playing right into their hands. We know they plan to rip up a wide swath of our precious turf and plant a time bomb across the commonwealth … 1

Letter: Ending racism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In Aviva Luttrell’s story “Let’s not be colorblind” (Aug. 14), Rodney Madison says that we need to “change the way people think and talk about race.” The article focused on Turners Falls, but the same is true throughout our area — and our country. I thought readers might … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request … 0

Shelburne makes pipeline opposition official

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE ­— Shelburne selectmen unanimously cast their vote against Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s plans to run a mile-long stretch of pipeline through town and under the Deerfield River. But they also went further, saying they don’t think the pipeline … 0