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Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Climate March comes to North Quabbin Sunday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, a range of citizens from the Quabbin Region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Uptown Common, Athol. … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

Letter: People power

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I enjoy the new feature on the religion page; it’s as if I am going to a different house of worship each week, and hearing the various thoughts of their shepherds. In one of the latest, the author claims that her kids’ energy could run the town of … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

Letter: Like what he’s doing

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A letter to state Senate President Stan Rosenberg: Dear Stan, I read in The Recorder (Sept. 30) that you clearly expressed doubt as to FERC’s ability to rule on current decentralized energy affairs due to their outdated statutes from 1934. You ask essential questions about the “need” for … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0