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Franklin County Technical school cosmetology students will cut hair for Locks of Love at the school's cosmetology shop on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recorder

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and nine of her cosmetology classmates will cut … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take a deep breath and inhale that earthy spring odor of wet soil and grass the … 0

Neighbors: No snowfall predictions yet

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hello neighbor. There are just a few things I’d like to tell you about today. First, I recently heard from our local snowfall prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. She said she will have her winter snowstorm prediction ready for us after the first snowfall. According to the National Weather Service … 0

Neighbors: Looking to add something new to Thanksgiving dinner

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hello neighbor. I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and if everyone comes, I’ll be serving more than two dozen relatives. So, I’m in need of new recipes. Yes, I’ll make the traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy — if I didn’t, I’d be in big trouble … 1

Neighbors: Share your holiday traditions and stories

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hello, neighbor. Everyone has a story they like to tell about a holiday past or a favorite tradition their family has adopted over the years. I would love to hear about them, so please call or email me this coming week with yours. My contact information is at … 0

Time to get ready for the holidays

Monday, November 4, 2013

Hello, neighbor. Well, here we are just a little over three weeks away from Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and less than two months until Christmas and Kwanzaa. I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot about upcoming bazaars, festivals and holiday events over the next few weeks. I’m … 0

Neighbors: Halloween fun and snow predictions

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hello neighbor. Here we are nearing the end of October and Halloween is on Thursday. Many of us will be out that evening with our children and grandchildren, who are eagerly counting down the hours at this point. I will be spending my time with Spider-man (2-year-old grandson … 0

Neighbors: 2014 calendar features villages destroyed to create Quabbin

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello neighbor. I get to talk about my favorite place again today: the Quabbin. Athol historian J.R. Greene has issued the 29th edition of his Quabbin History Calendar; he sent me a copy and it is wonderful. The spiral-bound calendar features photos from villages that were destroyed in … 0

Neighbors: Give as the holiday season approaches

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hello neighbor. Can you believe the year is coming to an end and holiday season is almost upon us? We’ll all be spending even more time than usual with the ones we love. And, we’ll constantly be reminded of those who are less fortunate. Open your hearts this … 0

Neighbors: Time to help one of our neighbors

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hello, neighbor. One of our neighbors needs our help and I know how wonderful you are when something like this happens. Calvin Brown of Bernardston was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma and will be out of work for six to 12 months while he undergoes … 0

Neighbors: Scarecrows coming soon to Bernardston

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hello neighbor. I promised you back a while ago that I would tell you more about Bernardston’s Scarecrow in the Park event when I had more information. Well, I have it. It sounds like the event is going to be bigger and better than ever. First, it’s going … 0

Neighbors: So much going on this time of year

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hello, neighbor. There’s a lot going on over the next couple of weeks, so I’m going to get right to it. But one quick thing before I do: if you used to go to the movies in a theater in Franklin County and that theater no longer exists, … 0

Neighbors: Be sure to check out ‘The Torso Project’

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hello neighbor. I’ve told you about the “One in Eight: The Torso Project” before. You will now be able to see it for yourself, because a compelling exhibit of the embellished plaster-cast torsos created by area breast cancer survivors and their friends and families will be on display … 0

Neighbors: Saying goodbye to old friends

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hello neighbor. It was a sad week here in Franklin County. First, I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of Diane Marie (Beauregard) Lapean, who was a good friend of mine when we were in elementary school, growing up in Turners Falls. We had … 0