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Field Maloney of West County Cider and Jake Mazar of Artifact Cider Project in a field off of Peckville Road in Shelburne near where they will be having a tasting on Aug. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 to return part of that land to … 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 by polio. “He loved to tell stories,” recalls Fontaine in the backyard of her Millers … 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 natural-finish house at 10 Charles St. is out of the ordinary are the tree-beams at … 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