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Dolly Gagnon sits at her keyboard in The Recorder newsroom. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

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 for more than 30 years, and if … 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 next week, when the 18-month-old, three-town ambulance service is expected to be discussed. Residents at … 0

Motor vehicle fire closes I-91 rest area

Sunday, January 3, 2016

WHATELY — A southbound interstate 91 rest area was closed for approximately an hour Saturday afternoon when a vehicle caught on fire due to a mechanical issue. Whately fire was called to the scene around noon to battle the blaze which had fully engulfed a 2011 Jeep Liberty. … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

South County towns look to 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A new home for South County EMS, a new roof on Deerfield Elementary School, the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and a possible medical marijuana dispensary will all be hot topics for Deerfield in the coming year. … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe New Year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m not going to make any resolutions this year. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve followed through with one in years — maybe never. Instead, I’m going to live life the best … 0

A glance at the season of giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers have been out in all weather, but this month’s unseasonably warm weather rain seems to have dampened donations. Wednesday, with a day’s receipts still to be added and one final day … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Brush fire closes I-91 northbound in area of Whately, Deerfield Monday

Monday, December 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — Multiple brush fires near Interstate 91 briefly closed the highway’s northbound lanes near Exit 24 in Deerfield Monday evening, according to state police. Lt. T. J. Murphy of Massachusetts State Police Troop B, said at 5:40 … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe during the holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are starting to slow down and speed up all at the same time. While there aren’t as many public events between now and New Year’s Eve, everyone is getting ready for their own family celebrations. … 0

MBI, WiredWest work to settle differences over broadband plan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is … 0