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A bald Eagle soars over the Deerfied River in Charlemont recently. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

When the birds aren’t for the birds: Keeping our eagle eye peeled for returning raptors

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The eye is drawn to aberration, and on a recent morning my eye fixed on an opaque oval perched on a maple tree branch extending over a misty Route 2 in Charlemont. I’ve driven that stretch of road hundreds of times from my Shelburne Falls home to the Academy at Charlemont, where my son is a senior, and only once … 0

Rollover sends teen to hospital

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SHELBURNE — A 17-year-old Colrain woman was transported by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries after she drove her truck into a creek next to Brook Road on Thursday evening. Shelburne Center Fire Chief John Taylor said the call came in around 5 p.m. and by 5:30 p.m. the driver … 0

Letter: A special place

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recently, an email message was received from our Mohawk district superintendent, Michael Buoniconti, touting measured successes over the last eight years. In hard numbers and graphs, Buoniconti shares that the percentage of district students achieving proficient or higher in English language arts AND math has trended positively for several years, now both exceeding the state average. Congratulations to those who made, instituted and … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

'Your home reflects your life': reporter seeks calm, creativity through feng shui

Friday, October 16, 2015

It was time to harmonize with my environment. I’m by no means a messy person, but as I had moved from apartment to apartment over the past four years, I knew something wasn’t right. Something was missing. I … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

Solarize Shelburne meeting Thursday

Thursday, October 15, 2015

SHELBURNE — The town will hold a public meeting on Thursday to explore how and whether to start a “Solarize Shelburne” project in 2016. Local residents and business owners are invited, particularly those interested in installing solar electricity systems. The meeting is also open to residents of neighboring towns … 0

Blue Rock hopes to open again in mid-November

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — In less than two minutes, Blue Rock restaurateur/chef Chris Ramirez got unanimous approval from selectmen for a full liquor license, for when the Blue Rock moves to its new space in the lower front level of … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mohawk family night offers website tutorials, college aid info BUCKLAND — Want to learn how to get the most out of Google, Microsoft Word or Excel? Need help with financial aid for college? Mohawk Trail Regional High School will host an evening called “Family Educational Opportunities” on Oct. … 0

Happy Trails to move on down the Trail

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SHELBURNE — For many years, the storefront at 1155 Mohawk Trail served as a combination package and general store for those living in rural Shelburne Center. And if all goes well with the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, … 0

10th adult spelling bee seeks teams

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — Want to sit for a spell? Community spelling teams that want to match their wits against others have until Nov. 1 to register in time for the 10th annual Mary Lyon Community Spelling Bee, which takes … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

Letter: Like what I see

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I’ve had trouble adjusting to changes happening to many newspapers and magazines (usually done to appeal to a younger audience), but the new layout and look of The Recorder is terrific. It’s clear, it’s fresh and it’s informative. Bravo! TOM MINER Shelburne Falls … 0