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A bald Eagle soars over the Deerfied River in Charlemont recently. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

When the birds aren’t for the birds: Keeping our eagle eye peeled for returning raptors

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The eye is drawn to aberration, and on a recent morning my eye fixed on an opaque oval perched on a maple tree branch extending over a misty Route 2 in Charlemont. I’ve driven that stretch of road hundreds of times from my Shelburne Falls home to the Academy at Charlemont, where my son is a senior, and only once … 0

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. … 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

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

Keeping sharp eye on details

Sunday, February 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Jeff Dome had barely taken two steps inside one of the rooms being constructed at the new Greenfield High School when he paused, stopping to look at a red valve set up against one of the … 0

After 57 years, firefighter set to retire

Sunday, February 2, 2014

WENDELL — Chief Everett Ricketts is reaching the end of 57 years of service on the town’s fire department. Ricketts joined the Wendell Fire Department in 1957, and became chief in 1976. Now 77, Ricketts will retire at … 0

Whately man on the run for statewide office

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WHATELY — See Edwards run. Wayland. Marlborough. West Roxbury. Acton. Run, run, run, Jonathan Edwards. Run for lieutenant governor. The four-term selectman’s first try at seeking statewide office, after working on the campaigns of Congressman John W. Olver, … 0

Cloud lifts students’ computer work

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — At Frontier Regional School, Gabe Chapley, 17, of Deerfield is creating a production about modern technology using animation software. And David Esch, 14, of Deerfield is making a game using a computer coding program. The students are part of the multimedia courses taught by instructional … 0

About Town: Wrapped up in the Bridge of Flowers

Sunday, January 12, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — About 30,000 visitors a year come to the Bridge of Flowers and most of them come with cameras. On peak summer weekends, there are times when you have to weave through throngs of people snapping photos of the bridge or close-ups of its blossoms. The … 0

Giving a notorious descendant a voice

Sunday, January 5, 2014

WENDELL — It’s been more than 40 years since Kathy-Ann Becker felt the spring thaw tingle beneath her feet during a lunch-break walk from her job in Northampton’s Forbes Library. It came with a disturbing sense that something was very wrong. “A woman stood here in great pain” … 0

Stewardship plan for Pioneer property

Sunday, December 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Former high school science teacher John Lepore spent 1,600 hours crafting a plan for the Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 90-acre property. “It wasn’t work; it was fun,” Lepore told the School Committee when he presented a summary of the plan. Lepore volunteered nearly a year’s worth … 0

Down at ‘Willy’s Workshop’

Sunday, December 22, 2013

GREENFIELD — By day, Bill Levine analyzes blood samples as a hematology supervisor in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s laboratory. But by night, the 65-year-old Greenfield resident spends hours in his home workshop, building wooden toys and Christmas presents … 0

Trip to Guyana shakes his worldview

Sunday, December 8, 2013

When Dennis LeBlanc, a former minister who now directs Greenfield’s Pastoral Counseling Center, was packing his bags in mid-October for three weeks in Guyana, with shorts, T-shirts and other gear for the South American country just north of … 3

Business looks to knit together fiber farms, community

Sunday, December 1, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Throughout the Pioneer Valley, consumers can buy local food from corn to apples. One South Deerfield woman, however, is adding one more item to the increasingly popular list of local goods — fiber. To promote … 0

Sharing his life’s journey

Sunday, November 17, 2013

GREENFIELD — Vincent J. Interlande was living what he thought was a “normal” life more than a decade ago, when the bottom fell out and life’s pressures took their toll. Interlande said his 30-year marriage ended around 2000, … 3