Sunderland

Kary Garcia of Springfield helps her son Cristian Vazquez point on Puerto Rico with a sticker on a world map during Sunderland Elementary School's International Celebration Thursday night. Recorder/Tom Relihan

A global gathering at Sunderland Elementary

Friday, January 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As Jaime Reloj of Sunderland helped his son John press a small, green, arrow-shaped sticker into the South China Sea on a giant world map Thursday night, marking the spot where the Philippines are located, a wide grin crossed the young Sunderland Elementary School student’s face. Mounted on a bulletin board with a large black sign that read … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Sunderland man sentenced to 3 years for rape

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his sentencing, describing how the attack on Aug. 11, 2013, affected her relationships with her family, … 0

Police: Drunk driver tried to eat snow to beat breath test

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old man faces a fourth offense charge of drunken driving after he wedged his truck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr. of 6 Bull Hill Road, Leverett, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday to a single charge of operating under the influence of liquor … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on … 0

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

Sunderland nursing home nearly back to normal

Monday, January 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A local nursing home closed after a broken pipe flooded the facility Jan. 10 hopes to have everyone back in by the end of the week. More than half of New England Health Center’s 42 residents … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0