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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

They’re making the most of middle school

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Toward the back of a Stoneleigh-Burnham School classroom one October afternoon, they sat in a circle on the ground: 13 seventh-grade girls, many reclining on bean bag chairs, and 53-year-old teacher Bill Ivey whose long brown hair rested … 0

Following her dream from Georgia to Maine

Sunday, October 27, 2013

ORANGE — “The weather turned bad, a storm front came in and then the sky turned this yellow-green color that I associate with tornadoes, the color of the sky the only time I had ever seen a tornado … 0

Abrah Dresdale’s headed for India

Sunday, October 20, 2013

At first blush, it seems hard to imagine a place more different from Franklin County than Tamil Nadu in southern India. Amid 70 acres of severely eroded “tropical dry evergreen forest” a few kilometers from the Bay of … 0

Documentary about food co-ops has plenty of local flavor

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The recipe for area filmmaker Steve Alves’ new documentary about food co-ops is essentially “one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics.” All come together in the full-length documentary, “Food for Change,” which got its start on Greenfield’s Main Street and will return there Thursday … 0

Combatants turn different way toward Middle East peace

Sunday, October 6, 2013

AMHERST — Together, the four visitors to this country might seem like an odd group: two Israelis and two Palestinians, who have, in their own ways, taken part in the decades-old struggle between the two Mideast cultures, sometimes … 0

Playing a role in how Greenfield develops

Sunday, September 29, 2013

GREENFIELD — When Mark Zaccheo moved to Greenfield with his wife Barbara a dozen years ago, he decided he wanted to be more than just a resident of the town. Instead, he said he wanted to help the … 0

New faculty member brings solar power experience to GCC

Sunday, September 15, 2013

GREENFIELD — There’s a new professor on campus this fall — the kind that builds a grease-powered car and dreams of a day when his house will be completely off the electrical grid. For Michael Kocsmiersky, the newest … 0

Local firefighters get taste of wild(fire) West

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Walker Korby, Jesse Hanecak and Daniel Thayer just got back from 21 days in the Lolo National Forest in west-central Montana. But their stay was anything but a vacation. The three Franklin County firefighters were part of a … 0

Healing through art

Sunday, May 12, 2013

SHELBURNE FALLS — No one wants illness and death in their lives, but when they come, they are powerful teachers. This month, 22 area artists are sharing very personal stories of illness and loss as well as artwork … 0