Shelburne

Tom White works on a bowl in his studio on Monday in preparation for the 10th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this weekend, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at nine potters' studios across the Franklin and Hampshire counties.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

Pottery trail turns 10 this weekend

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For the past decade, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail has brought folks to the area from far and wide, in search of the perfect pot. This year, the trail will host 20 potters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at nine locations in Shelburne Falls, Greenfield, Northfield and Hampshire County. Area artisans will invite their customers into their studios, give demonstrations on their potters’ wheels and host musicians and guest potters. “It grows steadily every year,” said potter Tom White of Northfield. “We’re getting more and more visitors, and sales have grown, too.” White said last year’s pottery trail grossed about $58,000. … 0

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and … 0

New England pastorale

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In this feature photo, cows graze in fields alongside Tower Road in Shelburne on Saturday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Letter: Women’s rights

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I don’t know what has happened to women’s rights when men are given legal permission to look up our dresses. Our military is allowed to police themselves at our expense. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. LINDA J. COBB Shelburne Falls … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0

Mohawk to see 60 Chinese students this summer

Friday, March 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — About 60 Chinese students are expected to visit the Mohawk Trail Regional School this summer for three-day summer school programs that will include academic classes, field trips and conversations about getting into American colleges, according to school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. Although program details are still being … 0

Land Trust to Gov: No pipeline on protected land

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is asking Gov. Deval Patrick to assure that the path of a planned natural gas pipeline is kept off all state-owned and state-protected conservation land. “Land protected for long-term public health and conservation purposes must not be sacrificed for short-term private financial gain,” … 2

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

Letter: Historical perspective

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Underscoring Tip O’Neill’s classic observation that “all politics is local,” Chris Collins opines in his Valentine’s Day column that “Those who believe that the current Greenfield Town Council is in Albert Norman’s back pocket got a big piece of ammunition this week.” He then reports that the “sprawl-buster” … 0

Deck work

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In this feature photo, workers suspend scaffolding from the Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls on Wednesday to inspect and repair components. (Recorder/Paul Franz) … 0

May schools share space?

Monday, March 10, 2014

With dwindling enrollments, both Frontier and Mohawk Trail regional school districts are exploring possible town use of unused school space, as a way to offset operating costs. State law and education officials that govern how schools can be … 3

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0