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Vincent D'Onofrio and Robert Duvall sit on the steps of Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls between takes on Thursday.

Living in a movie set: Reflections of a Shelburne Falls resident

Sunday, November 15, 2015

If you’ve lived in Shelburne Falls more than 18 months, you can’t walk down Bridge Street without a memory or two of movie star sighting or extras waiting day after day on the sidewalks for “Action!” Everyone has stories about the filming here of “Labor Day” in 2012 and “The Judge” in 2013. The main place my life intersected with … 0

A town and its kitchen: Wendell cooks up community connection

Sunday, November 1, 2015

WENDELL — Things are cooking in this imaginative little town. Tucked behind the stage in the nearly 200-year-old town hall where Wendell’s Full Moon Coffeehouse presents headliners like Charles Neville and Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is the cozy kitchen where once the Ladies Aid prepared soup and sandwiches to serve to voters … 0

High Summer Orchard Party toasts cider, more

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SHELBURNE — It’s picnic time in Peckville. Imagine a late-afternoon gathering in an old apple orchard in the timeless section of this hilltown known for knolls capped with rows of apple trees from the days when its was Peckville and the Peck brothers ran Valley View Orchard. Now, with West County Cider planning … 0

As a mime, she finds a new voice to use in her church work

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD — As a girl growing up in Pottstown, Pa., Christine Fontaine was “an extraordinarily quiet kid” whose father’s stories, about the sea, about Greek mythology, about how the constellations got their names, helped brighten a childhood darkened … 0

Greenfield house earns builder energy award

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — It all added up for this former math teacher, given the net sum of skyrocketing energy costs. So he built a net-zero energy saltbox. And it scored big. From the outside, the only thing saying the … 0

Peace-maker: We must look below the surface

Sunday, January 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — When he was a 15-year-old high school student growing up in Japan, Tatsushi Arai met some of the survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and listened to their stories of living with radiation sickness in the years … 0

About Town: Children at center of this Hanukkah celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, lighting seven candles on each of six menorahs and adding the smells of … 0

Memorial Day service

Sunday, May 25, 2014

WARWICK — Firefighter Meghan Persico will spend her Memorial Day on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s no pleasure cruise. Persico, 20, is stationed aboard the USS George HW Bush, a Nimitz-class “supercarrier” aircraft carrier named for the country’s 41st … 0

It all adds up to staying involved with GCC

Sunday, May 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Peter Rosnick is retired, but you probably wouldn’t know it. The 63-year-old Conway educator still spends most of his days at Greenfield Community College, the place he’s worked for the past 26 years as a math … 0

Pizza just one ingredient for success

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Between them, Craig White and Robert Lindner had experience running a pizza shop, cooking at schools like Austine School for the deaf and Bement School, as well as organic farming and human services. After meeting at Tai Kwan … 0

Transition back to civilian tough for this veteran

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the last in an occasional series of stories about the homecoming experiences of local war veterans. GREENFIELD — Shannon (Hosmer) Gamlin says it hasn’t been easy returning to a life she walked away from … 0

Happy to be outstanding in his fields

Sunday, March 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — In the early morning summer hours, before orthopedic doctor Jeffrey Hayer spends his days treating patients with arthritis, broken bones and muscle injuries, he drives to the 200-tree orchard he’s planted in Heath. On his 56 … 0

Happy to be in the local picture

Sunday, March 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There’s always another story for Tim Lindop to shoot for Montague Community Television, whether it’s this week’s selectmen’s meeting or last month’s finance board session. But Lindop has his own story — one that’s taken … 0

About Town: Students form Frontier's first Model UN Club

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For three days last month, a group of 12 Frontier Regional High School students worked for hours in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel trying to come up with solutions to poverty in South Africa, the … 0

Colrain Ambulance driven to serve

Sunday, March 2, 2014

COLRAIN — On March 5, 2008 — when the Colrain Volunteer Ambulance Association received its new, $172,000 four-wheel-drive ambulance — Director Gary Ponce challenged ambulance volunteers to answer at least 100 emergency calls in a row, with two … 0