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Jaywalking: Tight team

Monday, July 28, 2014

There are lots of things to do on a summer evening in our area. Cooking on the grill, sitting around the campfire or on a patio, or going for a walk or a run as the sun sets are some ways to enjoy the evening and relax. Another activity that screams summer evenings is taking in a baseball game, and that’s something I’ve been able to do in recent weeks, … 0

Jaywalking: Travelin’ man

Monday, July 21, 2014

Andrew Doty will spend the next nine days in the Dominican Republic playing baseball, giving back. Doty will be taking part in a trip being sponsored by MVP Baseball, a college recruiting company, and not only will Doty be playing ball against locals, he’ll be donating used baseball gear to Dominicans. It all … 0

Jaywalking: Winning formula

Monday, July 7, 2014

Paul Barnard has been around the sport of auto racing for 30 years, but earlier this season, the Montague resident did something he had never done before. He won. Barnard guided his No. 24 1985 Monte Carlo across the finish line in first place to win the 25-lap race in the Thunder Stock … 0

Labor of love

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Asked to describe his late mother, Jody Killeen, Sean Killeen didn’t need to think before speaking seven words. “To know her, was to love her.” Killeen contacted me last week to say he would be taking part in the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana Farber Marathon … 0

Hillman is Hills’ man

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Josh Hillman did more than groom golf courses during his time in Pittsfield as Berkshire Hills Country Club’s head pro. For the past four years, Hillman was also grooming his replacement, someone he knows quite well. In fact, they may spend some time together on the holidays. Cousin … 0

A friend indeed

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cassie Taylor has never run a marathon before. Just six months ago, she had never even run more than eight miles at one time. But that all changed one morning this past fall at about 5 a.m. The Greenfield native received an email four hours earlier from her … 0

Smitty ditty

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I heard from numerous people last week after a story appeared in Tuesday’s paper about the legendary Jim Smith retiring after 56 years as a coach. Smith was one of the most personable coaches I’ve dealt with in my six-plus years covering sports. Smith always spoke his mind … 0

Training day

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

For you, this Tuesday may be like many others. Perhaps you are reading this column as you sip a hot cup of coffee before heading off to work. For Greenfield native Joe Hudson, today is unlike any Tuesday he’s every experienced, as today is the first day that … 0

Down Under

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Turners Falls High School’s Ryan Wilder became the first running back in Franklin County history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season this past fall. He will now take his talent halfway around the world to represent not only Turners Falls and Franklin County, but … 0

Transition time

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sure, many of us here in Franklin County may have spent the weekend digging out from under two feet of snow, backs still aching from shoveling, and faces still frozen from the numbing winds, but it’s never too early to talk baseball is it? The reason I need … 0

Malcolm in the Middle

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It’s possible that Turners Falls High School junior Malcolm Smith has had one of the best years of any local high school athlete. More remarkable is that he’s still flying under the radar. Smith helped quarterback the Indians’ football team to its best record in more than a … 0

No mercy?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

There sure have been some lopsided basketball scores in western Massachusetts this season. It’s old news by now (welcome to the wonderful world of newspapers), but for anyone who missed it, St. Joseph’s Central High School of Pittsfield set the bar for blowouts on Jan. 12 by defeating … 0

Miller time?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Like the ringing of a store door announcing a new customer, there is a familiar sound whenever Northfield’s George Miller enters The Recorder newsroom. “Miller Time,” are the words that resonate from editor Gary Sanderson, colleague Mark Durant or myself as he enters, sometimes all three of us … 0


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year. I was asked by someone what the top local story of the past year was and it got me to thinking. My first thought was to recall all the great things that have happened locally over the past 12 months. The second, was a question … 0


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It’s been well more than a month since Greenfield quarterback Zach Bartak last put on the pads and stepped onto a football field, but since his high school career came to an end in the WMass Division III semifinals, the senior has had plenty to do. What has … 0