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Anne Diemand of Diemand Farm in Wendell stands among boxes of orders for dressed Thanksgiving turkeys in a refrigerated room on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Willing to talk turkey

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WENDELL — It takes a lot of work to make Thanksgiving dinner, especially when you plan to feed a few thousand people. By Thursday, the Diemands will have pre-cooked about 30 turkeys and sold close to 3,000 more to markets, restaurants and directly to customers at the Diemand Farm Store. They’ve been taking orders since October, though they always try … 0

Letter: My industrial nature

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hey Ms. Gouch, my five conservative children (real God-fearing Americans) live in the Houston area and I’d love to visit them or live there in my golden years, but finances prohibit it, Social Security being what it is. I’d love to see the oil fields with those awesomely behemoth rigs pumping away. I love mechanical things working away, it’s a guy thing. I’d … 1

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card Pitch Room contest. If she and her business partner Alison Darnell win, they will receive … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Letter: Political landscape

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Being a staunch Democrat, and a lover of beauty, I can’t understand why mean-spirited people are against wind power and solar panels dotting the open spaces. Comrade John Kerry, decorated veteran and a fine gentleman, hates wind farms because they are an eyesore to his pristine landscape, i.e. … 0

Letter: Cider’s distinctions

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thank you for your coverage of Franklin County CiderDays, (“CiderDays a Global Phenomenon,” Nov. 3. It is a remarkable event. As a home cider-maker and cider enthusiast, I feel lucky to participate every November. I would like to point out a missing facet of the story, as it … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Defeated Rep. Andrews vows to ease transition

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, in conceding defeat in her re-election bid Tuesday, thanked her supporters and promised to work with state officials and her successor in the House of Representa-tives to help the North Quabbin area … 0

Lee wins 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Even with results from four towns outstanding at press time, two-term incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews lost her 2nd Franklin House seat Tuesday to Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee. Lee, a Republican and seventh-generation Athol resident who campaigned on … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0