Shelburne Free Public Librarian Elizabeth Antaya with artifactws from the life of Fidelia Fiske.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Shelburne Free Library to archive historic Fidelia Fiske collection

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE — When Elizabeth Antaya became director of the Shelburne Free Public Library last April, she got a parting bonus from retiring librarian Libby Burnham: a box of letters and items that once belonged to Fidelia Fiske — the first single woman missionary to travel to Persia (now Iran) in the 1800s. “Libby handed me this box and said, ‘This … 0

Lamson & Goodnow moving to Westfield; Property sold to Ashfield man

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will be moving to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said that on Thursday he signed a lease, which takes effect on April 1. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings … 0

'A betrayal of what's right': Combat trauma expert focuses on ‘moral injury’ of war

Friday, March 27, 2015

“I haven’t really slept for 20 years. I lie down, but I don’t sleep. I’m always watching the door, the window, then back to the door. I get up at least five times to walk ... sometimes it’s 10 or 15 times. There’s always something within reach, maybe a baseball bat or a … 0

Shelburne selectman to step down

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SHELBURNE — After serving nine years on the board, Selectmen’s Chairman John Payne said he will not run for re-election in this spring’s annual town election, when his current term expires. With about a month to go before … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bowling alley liquor license transfer OK’d SHELBURNE — Prospective Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley owners Anthony and Tamarack Hanna are within striking distance of buying the 109-year-old candlepin bowling center, now that selectmen have approved their request for a full-service liquor license transfer. The Hannas, who are longtime customers … 0

Arms Library to start raising the roof in spring

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Having raised at least $640,000 to “Put a Roof on It” and make other fixes to the 101-year-old Pratt Memorial Library, the Arms Library Committee, Pratt Memorial Library Building Committee, and Shelburne selectmen have hired … 0

Hilltowns face steep Internet costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

While some hilltown residents say the WiredWest broadband initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring high-speed Internet into their sparsely populated towns, the smallest, unserved towns fear that, even with the state’s $40 million “last mile” funding, they can’t afford their estimated share of the cost. Colrain selectmen … 0

Shelburne to hold hearing on sign bylaw changes

Monday, February 23, 2015

SHELBURNE — How to keep the Mohawk Trail scenic but still “business friendly” to local farms, shops and commerce was one motivation for a new set of sign regulations to be developed by the town Planning Board. Another was how to keep sign clutter off of Bridge Street … 0

Blue Rock restaurant may move to Salmon Falls building

Monday, February 23, 2015

BUCKLAND — If all goes well, the Blue Rock Restaurant could be moving into a new, 49-seat restaurant space on the first floor of the Salmon Falls Marketplace building — a spacious setting with views of the Deerfield … 0

Letter: Weekend hours

Monday, February 23, 2015

If an Amtrak Quik-Trak machine was installed in the John W. Olver Transportation Center, or a human involved in helping to produce Amtrak riding authority, two or three more people a week might board The Vermonter train in Greenfield. But how about keeping those who have already ridden … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

Letter: Where’s the coverage?

Friday, February 20, 2015

There are times when there seems to be big news stories missing from The Recorder. These are stories that affect local people and businesses. Last year, when the huge rate increases were announced by the electric suppliers, The Recorder, and the media in general, didn’t seem to take … 0

Letter: Let’s support this

Friday, February 20, 2015

There are a lot of folks in Buckland who are enthusiastically looking forward to having another good restaurant in the village at the Salmon Falls Artisans showroom building. Imagine this — an anchor restaurant in the same building as one of the finest craft galleries in the Northeast … 0