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Caleb Jacobs, 3, of Deerfield digs up and collects potatoes from a sandpit at the Smiarowski Farmstand's first annual Potato Festival Saturday October 3. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Sunderland farm stand hosts first ‘potatofest’

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SUNDERLAND — What can you do with a potato? Quite a bit, it turns out. On Saturday, during Smiarowski Farm Stand and Creamery’s first “potatofest,” the farm substituted the starchy staples for children’s game pieces. Games included a potato corn hole toss and a potato digging pit. Northampton resident Lynda Champagne brought her 7-year-old nephew, Reese Hervieux, to the festival … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages … 1

Sunderland native secures spot on ‘The Voice’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland native and former Frontier Regional High School student Noah Jackson has secured a spot on Gwen Stefani’s team on the current season of the popular NBC television show The Voice. On the show, contestants sing to four judges — singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5, country singer Blake Shelton, singer/songwriter … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Sunderland North Main Street project enters design phase

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SUNDERLAND — With $90,000 in hand, approved over the course of three town meetings, the town is moving into the design-and-engineering phase of a project to reconstruct parts of North Main Street. Sunderland’s Board of Selectmen has awarded CHA Associates of Albany, N.Y., a contract to develop plans … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

Man involved in rollover crash admits to drunken driving

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 19-year-old Sunderland man has admitted to sufficient facts for a charge of drunken driving after rolling his car on Route 47. Gavin W. Hamill of 24 Reservoir Road was charged with drunken driving, negligence and a marked lanes violation. Arraigned Tuesday in Greenfield District Court, … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

New school year, new schedule at Frontier

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they’ll notice some changes to their usual schedule. Students will be released an hour and a half early … 0

Sunderland selectmen make offer for town admin. job

Monday, August 10, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland’s Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to offer Sherry Patch, Hardwick’s town administrator of over 25 years, the town’s top administrative job. Patch was selected from a pool of three finalists to become the town’s fourth town administrator. The runners up were Michele Giarusso, a … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Sunderland woman faces drug, alcohol, assault charges

Monday, August 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Sunderland woman faces drug, alcohol and assault charges after a traffic stop in Deerfield Saturday night. Kathryn Burek, 18, of 34 River Road in Sunderland, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Monday to charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possessing liquor under the age of … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0