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A sign of what’s in the pipeline? Some area activists show solidarity to Pa. sugarers

Friday, February 12, 2016

The plastic tubing that collects sap from sugar maples at the Holleran family’s maple operation in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County is the only pipeline the family wants to see cutting through their 23 acres, but a tree-cutting crew is poised to clear a path for the 125-mile-long Constitution gas pipeline. So far the family and friends have kept tree-cutters at bay. … 0

Martin seeks ‘breather year’ for Greenfield budget; Mayor aims for no increase to budget, no reduction in services

Friday, February 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — Residents will likely not see a significant expansion or reduction in town services during the budget year that begins July 1, according to … 0

MBI ‘Last Mile’ overseer Nakajima quits

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last Mile” broadband to most of Western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his … 0

Your religion news

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Love and Chocolate Concert: Tonight NORTHFIELD — Trinitarian Congregational Church will present a “Love and Chocolate” concert tonight at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary. Grace Olmsted will be singing a set of standard love songs from the 1940s … 0

Faith Matters: We want to be a house of prayer

Saturday, February 13, 2016

(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

Turners family road-ready at last: Donations allow Norwoods to buy wheelchair-ready van

Friday, February 12, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — A disabled boy’s life and the lives of his family are now a little bit better thanks to hundreds of donations toward a wheelchair-accessible van. The used 2015 Dodge Caravan was delivered to the Norwood … 0

Pioneer budget draws crowd, concerns

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee has raised its proposed budget for next school year by 2.5 percent over this year. After listening to comments from concerned Pioneer employees, parents and other local taxpayers … 0

Bernardston gets first Green Community grant

Friday, February 12, 2016

BERNARDSTON — The town has been named a green community, earning it a $131,290 municipal grant from the Baker-Polito administration to fund local clean energy projects. All towns designated as a Green Community from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Department of Resources were required … 0

New UMass top cop sworn in

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday in an afternoon ceremony at the Mullins Center. Earlier in the day, Parham spoke to reporters about his impressions of the department, which … 0

Flap over Sanders photo has regional twist

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A local woman is asking that the Bernie Sanders campaign stop using a 1960s photo she claims was mistakenly captioned as being of Sanders that was actually of her ex-husband. Randy Ross, of Florence, who turned … 0

DA won’t identify body found near Colrain river

Friday, February 12, 2016

COLRAIN — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office says it will not release the name of the person found dead by the bank of a river on Jacksonsville Road Wednesday night because “this death is considered non-criminal in nature, and occurred on private property.” First Assistant District Attorney Steven … 0

Rep. Mark awarded for championing the poor

Friday, February 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — When Community Action Executive Director Clare Higgins needs a problem solved, she knows just who to call: Paul. State Rep. Paul Mark, that is. Because of his ability to bring together groups of people for a … 0

Deerfield selectmen give dog a chance

Friday, February 12, 2016

DEERFIELD — Selectmen opted not to take action against a dog that has allegedly attacked the same woman and her dogs three times in as many years, but warned the owner precautions must be taken. Nancy Sunflower of 14 Beaver Drive has filed three complaints regarding a weimaraner … 0