Franklin County Technical school cosmetology students will cut hair for Locks of Love at the school's cosmetology shop on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recorder

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and nine of her cosmetology classmates will cut … 0

Rabies vaccination clinic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SHUTESBURY — Bring your pet to a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Massachusetts Rabies Vaccination Day, Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the town hall at 1 Cooleyville Road, across from the common. The clinic, sponsored by the town, costs $15. … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling … 0

Wendell man to lead area Masons

Thursday, January 9, 2014

WENDELL — Douglas C. Finn of Wendell has become a district deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts and will preside over five lodges in the 26th Masonic District for the year. Over 30,000 … 0

Neighbors: Ready for a warm-up?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. It has been a frigid week, but it appears we’re going to warm up for the weekend. Temperatures are supposed to rise into the 30s today and 40s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Toasty! January is the month of the Full Wolf Moon, which will appear … 0

Tech school seeks cop

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There may soon be a new cop on the beat, in the hallways of the Franklin County Technical School. Superintendent James Laverty said a school resource officer is the next step in the school’s efforts to tighten security, as districts around the state have done … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy a local winter wonderland

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Those of you who cross-country ski or snowshoe probably already know about or have been to Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area on Route 63 in Northfield. For those of you thinking about taking up either sport, this local gem, which happens to be in our … 0

Tech School students build wooden memory boxes for dementia patients

Thursday, January 2, 2014

SUNDERLAND — They’re called “shadow boxes.” Mounted outside a person’s room, these colorful wooden boxes hold pictures and small knickknacks — clues designed to confidently lead those with deteriorating minds back home. The New England Health Center, a Sunderland-based nursing home and rehabilitation facility, wanted 20 shadow boxes … 0

Neighbors: Remembering a beloved patrolman

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are at the start of 2014 and I have no activities or events to tell you about today — I’m guessing everyone is recovering from what I hope were very happy holidays. My holidays were great, as usual, though grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis … 1

Neighbors: A healthy, joyous New Year to all

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hello neighbor. The next time we meet it will be 2014. I wish you all a healthy and joyous new year. I had several people contact me to tell me about their resolutions for 2014. Some were the typical: lose weight, find a new job, stop drinking, etc. … 0

Hunter shoots shoots foot, loses toe in Shutesbury

Monday, December 30, 2013

SHUTESBURY — This weekend was the end of black powder deer hunting season, and an Amherst resident shot more than he was looking for Saturday when he put a .50-caliber bullet through his foot. The 50-year-old man was hunting in the woods east of the Town Hall on … 0

Volunteer fire forces see fewer recruits

Friday, December 27, 2013

A fire alarm sounding is never a good thing. But worse than that, is the problem small towns face in recruiting enough members to their volunteer departments to respond the alarm. “It’s quite an issue,” says Shutesbury Fire … 0

Beat of the world

Friday, December 27, 2013

SHUTESBURY — Distance proved no obstacle for the students and faculty of Shutesbury Elementary School, who spent five days this month learning traditional African drumming, dancing and language during an artist-in-residency program. Marilyn and Sekou Sylla of the … 0