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The 2014 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest winners at Stoneleigh-Brunham School in Greenfield. The annual poetry contest, conducted by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is open to all Franklin County residents and students. The winner was James Heflin (seated) for his poem "Viva." Stella Corso (third from right) took second place for her poem "Slow March," while Alice Thomas (second from left) took third place for her poem "For Wood: Syria." The top two in the youth ages 12 to 14 category were A.J. WIlson (third from left) for his poem "Winter," and Jenna Hackett (first on left) for her poem "Be Free." The top two in the youth ages 15 to 18 were Grace Engelman (second from right) for her poem "The Perfectionist" and A.J. Urzedowski for his poem "Poetry That I Understand." Recorder file photo/Micky Bedell

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, so it’s time to get serious. The … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me … 0

Faith Matters: Praying in doubt and sorrow

Friday, February 5, 2016

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, December 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Cultural Council: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. … 0

Local students honored by superintendents

Thursday, December 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Grades, sports and a host of unique personal achievements and qualities put eight students in the spotlight Thursday night, one selected from each of the area’s public school systems. Every year, the superintendent of each … 1

Neighbors: Candlelight vigil to remember mass shooting victims

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. We are faced, once again, with the stark realization that two more mass shootings happened this week in California and Georgia. We all keep asking, “Why is this happening and how do we stop it?” We may never know or understand why this keeps happening or … 0

APRSD towns examine shares of school budget

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — The funding formula for the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, an occasional point of contention among the four member towns over how costs of educating students are shared, is again an issue. Officials from the four towns are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the … 0

MBI faults WiredWest plan, won’t use state money for it

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state entity that can funnel millions of dollars to bring broadband Internet to local towns has slammed the brakes on the plans of the WiredWest Internet cooperative. Saying WiredWest’s current proposed agreement for member towns … 1

Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0