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Editorial: Unsettling questions remain about fatal air crash

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of the Barnes Air National Guard Base says he hoped a report by the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board could deliver a … 0

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and challenger Patty Morey Walker, that’s not the case this year. To me, the marquee race … 0

Letter: Mohawk Trail Concerts

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What a terrific season at Mohawk Trail Concerts! Every concert was a gem, such creative programming. I listen to the violin in a new way. I wish I had had some children to bring with me to Babar the Elephant, but all of us kids with white hair loved it. I almost skipped going to the “Poetry of Mary Oliver,” thinking how could … 0

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Editorial: Purchase moves Whately forward

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Whately took a big step forward with its plans for the future in signing a purchase and sale agreement for the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building. While the purchase … 0

Letter: Showcasing the area

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Green River Festival has become an annual rite of summer in the Pioneer Valley. This year’s festival was the biggest yet with the addition of a third day. In total, over 14,000 people attended over the course of the weekend, which was blessed with near-perfect weather. The … 0

Letter: Managing solar arrays

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Hawley Planning Board is holding a public hearing Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. to receive voter input on a proposed bylaw amendment that addresses large-scale solar developments. If properly done, large scale solar developments can provide revenue for land owners and the town. They also can … 0

Letter: Senior power

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fellow old people, and I can say that because I get mail regularly about signing up for Medicare, we have been heard! There is an urgent, indisputable and dire need for a new senior center. Thank you to all that have written to The Recorder urging our town … 0

Editorial: Improving region’s bus service

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority wants public input regarding bus service for the county. Unlike the type of surveys that try to gauge how they’re doing, the FRTA is seeking comment on its Comprehensive Service Analysis draft, a blueprint for better service, which should help build … 0

Letourneau-Therrien/My Turn: What’s working with local teens

Friday, July 17, 2015

I want to discuss three commonly held beliefs about smoking, drugs and alcohol. One is that smoking, drinking and drug use is rampant among teens and young adults. A second is that young people are going to drink, smoke and use drugs anyway, so attempts by governments and … 0

Letter: Bicycle tourism

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yeah for bicycles! A great idea to promote cycling. Western Mass. is a wonderful place to tour by bike. Nonpolluting and quiet, unlike motorcycles. KAREN SHEAFFER​ Buckland … 0

Letter: Dance to the music

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again attending the Green River Festival was amazing and a blessing. However, this year had an added dimension that brought a diversity of music and attendees missing in the past. The Latin Music stage on Friday night had 300 to 400 of us dancing for hours, including … 0

Letter: Youth should be a priority

Friday, July 17, 2015

According the July 10 article, “Groups Push To Reopen Youth Center,” Mayor Martin closed the Youth Center in Greenfield saying it “offered services that were being duplicated or could be handled by other agencies.” Most likely not to the surprise of those intimately involved with youth in the … 1

Editorial: Healey’s welcome involvement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Less than a year into the job, Maura Healey continues to demonstrate that she has a grasp of a key component of serving as the attorney general for Massachusetts: representing its citizens. It’s this role that has drawn her into the changing energy picture here in the state … 0