Tom Williams, of Shelburne, recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Williams served in the military for 42 years. Contributed photo

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 a two-star general at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., to approve the award, and from what I’ve heard and read, it is well-deserved. Tom retired in spring 2015 and received the award this past August. The citation Tom received was for “exceptionally meritorious conduct” and “outstanding service” in a succession of positions of increasing importance and responsibility over the years. Tom left the service as … 0

Tire blow-out causes I-91 crash in Whately Sunday

Sunday, October 11, 2015

WHATELY — Police reported no injuries and no effect on traffic flow following a car accident on Interstate 91 South Sunday afternoon. Trooper Matthew Greaney said the crash happened in Whately around 2 p.m. when the vehicle experienced a tire blow-out and drove into the median between lanes. The driver’s identity was not released. … 0

Anti-bullying assembly for Frontier girls set for Tuesday

Sunday, October 11, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — KindCampaign, an internationally recognized anti-bullying organization, will visit Frontier Regional High School Tuesday, to raise awareness of girl-against-girl aggression. The organization’s assembly will be held at 8:30 a.m. for girls in grades 7 through 12. Vice Principal Scott Dredge said the event will feature a screening of the documentary that the group produced followed by a face-to-face forum to talk … 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

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 … 1

Whately special town meeting approves $75,000 for Mill River stabilization

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — Whately voters approved spending $75,000 to mitigate the impact of a project to stabilize the banks of the Mill River on native endangered species and gave the Selectboard a green light to sell an easement on a plot of land that houses a cell tower, among … 0

Whately secures bond to buy regional library building

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — The saga of Whately’s attempt to find a solution to its town office space needs has finally entered the homestretch after nearly half a decade of design, proposals, rejections and debate. The town will close on … 0

Car hits pole on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately

Monday, September 28, 2015

WHATELY — A 67-year-old Deerfield man was transported to Franklin Medical Center after crashing into a utility pole on Route 5 and 10 around 8:15 p.m. Monday. Trooper Matthew Guarino of the Massachusetts State Police said the man, who was not identified, sustained what appeared to be “minor … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Faith Matters: Ministering with God’s special touch

Friday, September 25, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0