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George Vazquez poses at a New Hampshire rally with Donald Trump speaking in the background Thursday.

Sunderland Trump supporter battles to keep signs

Friday, February 5, 2016

SUNDERLAND — Calling himself a “lonely soldier,” George Vazquez says he is one of the few vocal supporters of Donald Trump in the region, but he knows many more will vote for the presidential candidate across the country. Vazquez has four Trump signs on his front lawn on Route 116 near the Amherst line, and said he was nearly forced to take them down when police came to his house claiming he had violated town bylaws. “I have been persecuted. The Police Department has come here, come into my house, raided my house and stood in my kitchen,” Vazquez said. “I had Trump signs on … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Neighbors: Share your Valentine’s Day stories with your neighbors

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hello neighbor. As we approach Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear — and possibly share — some of your stories. Please send me some of your fondest Valentine’s Day memories, whether it be about your partner, children or pets. Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, the holiday is celebrated on Feb. 14 each year. According to History.com, … 0

Sunderland invites critics to meeting about South County EMS location

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Board of Selectmen’s vice chairman has invited to a future meeting the two Deerfield residents who have challenged the plan to move South County EMS from the South Deerfield to Whately. Tom Fydenkevez asked John and Sharyn Paciorek to attend next Monday’s selectmen’s meeting … 0

Selectmen want screening committee for Sunderland top cop

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SUNDERLAND — Town officials have asked their community for roughly five people to volunteer for a committee dedicated to vetting applicants for the available police chief position. Members of the Sunderland Board of Selectmen want to set up a screening committee to review résumés, conduct initial interviews, and … 0

Baby, it’s not that cold outside: Franklin County experiencing unseasonably warm weather

Monday, February 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — It doesn’t matter what Punxsutawney Phil does today. Franklin County isn’t seeing the type of winter it is accustomed to. Homeowners and business proprietors likely enjoy not having to shovel, but what does a winter without … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0

Taylor & Tyler, together again: Sunderland man named honorary author of fan-driven Swift book

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SUNDERLAND — Who said they’d never, ever, ever get back together? Tyler Conroy goes back to December to recall how he learned through a friend about the contest to be named the honorary author of a book celebrating … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Sunderland police chief to retire

Monday, January 25, 2016

SUNDERLAND — The town’s emergency service leadership will be shuffled up again for the second time in less than two months with Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert’s announcement this week that he will retire Feb. 15. Gilbert, a 19-year … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0