Chuck Larson, of Hinsdale, Ma. checks out a model Priority Mail remote controlled planeat a previous year's Giant Western Massachusetts Remote Control Flea Market.
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Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman St. in Greenfield on Saturday at 5 … 0

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 … 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: 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

Neighbors: Brotherly love

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hello neighbor. You know, it isn’t always adults who do something heroic. Sometimes you find a 12-year-old who takes a babysitting class at Montague Park and Recreation Department, learns the Heimlich maneuver and then uses it on his choking 11-year-old brother. Andrea Tuttle, a former employee of The … 0

Neighbors: Connect or reconnect with family or friends

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hello neighbor. I spent a few days and evenings this week visiting with my aunt and cousin from Seattle, Wash. The last time I saw my mother’s sister Dorothy and my cousin Laura was in 1975. I was … 0

Neighbors: Let’s all help make Franklin County sustainable for future generations

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hello neighbor. We hear the word “sustainability” a lot lately, but what does it really mean? There are many definitions, including “to keep in existence; maintain,” or “to supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.” Another definition is “to support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.” Some … 0

Neighbors: Only three full moons left this year

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello neighbor. Well, it’s here! Sunday is the first day of fall. Temperatures have been dropping. It’s been pretty chilly at night and first thing in the morning. I love it! We saw September’s full moon, the Full Harvest Moon, last night, so we only have three full … 0

Neighbors: Great neighbors are a blessing

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hello neighbor. I was at my twin grandsons’ birthday party this past weekend when I got into a discussion with my son-in-law’s grandfather Jim Williams of Sunderland. He asked me about my column, which he said he reads faithfully, and that led us into a much broader discussion … 0

Neighbors: Fall summons up all sorts of beautiful memories

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hello neighbor. For most of you, the arrival of fall conjures up images of spectacular, colorful foliage, cool autumn mornings, crisp, delicious local apples and young, happy children scampering along our streets in superhero and monster costumes. Also, for many of us the arrival of fall means scarecrows … 0

Neighbors: ‘Labor Day,’ survivor scarves and the importance of reading

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hello neighbor. It was great seeing so many of you at the fair on Saturday evening. What a great time! I thought you’d all like to know that writer-director Jason Reitman continued his tradition of debuting his films at the Telluride Film Festival this year with the screening … 0

Neighbors: See you at the fair

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hello neighbor. Busy weekend ahead! The Franklin County Fair opened Thursday night and I’m sure many of you rushed to get that first bite of fried dough this season. I invited people to have dinner at my place on Saturday, before we all head to the fair, and … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County’s seasonal events abound

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hello neighbor. Well, we celebrated the unofficial beginning of fall this weekend, though it felt more like mid-summer with the temperature and humidity. Now we look ahead to all of the wonderful events Franklin County offers us throughout autumn. In two or three days, most of us will … 0

Neighbors: Local Special Olympians come home with gold

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hello neighbor. I got a call recently from Alan Laffin of Greenfield, who coaches the Franklin County bocce ball Special Olympics team Franklin Jazz. The team competed in the statewide championship held in Nonotuck Park in Easthampton earlier this month and took home three gold medals, six silver, … 0

Pioneer Valley Ballet announces new season

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hello, neighbor. Well, it looks like another great year ahead for Pioneer Valley Ballet, which just recently announced its 2013-2014 season lineup. The company will perform “The Nutcracker” Dec. 13 through 15 this year. It has been performing the classic for the past 35 years, bringing the story … 0