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Speaking of Nature: Indulging in eye candy: Finally, after such a long wait, it’s beginning to look like spring is here
04-15-2024 8:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I have just about reached the end of my patience with the winter of 2024. I realize that this may sound a bit strange, especially because we are now in the beginning of spring, but those of us who bore the brunt of the April snowstorm may sympathize...

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Orange resident selected for governor’s Youth Advisory Council
04-15-2024 2:04 PM

By XINYI YANG

Orange resident Christiana Dunn is among 60 young people statewide who will advise Gov. Maura Healey and her administrative team on issues important to her demographic as a member of the new Youth Advisory Council.The council members, ages 16 to 21,...


‘Bringing harvest to the community’: Shelburne Falls Community Orchard on the move
04-15-2024 11:47 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

Though her original idea to start a small community orchard at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School doesn’t appear to be in the cards, Julia Godfrey will instead donate and move most of her fruit trees and bushes to the Demonstration Permaculture...


Wealth of historic Quabbin Reservoir photos available online
04-13-2024 3:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

When the work on the Quabbin Reservoir began, photographers began documenting the project — from real estate, to cemeteries, to the construction of the reservoir itself. Their photos, snapshots in time, can be seen at Digital Commonwealth thanks to an...


Bike-riding activists will convene April 20 to protest FirstLight
04-12-2024 5:08 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

A local group of bike-riding activists will ride together again for the first time in a decade, this time in protest of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station.The Solar Rollers, a grassroots advocacy group that...


Celebrating ‘Seasonings’: New book by veteran preacher and poet, Allen ‘Mick’ Comstock
04-12-2024 10:51 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I was thrilled to learn last year that Haley’s of Athol was planning to publish “Seasonings,” a book of prayers by Allen “Mick” Comstock of Shelburne Falls. Mick has been a minister for more than 50 years, many of those years in Franklin County. In...


Patrons can ‘walk down memory lane’ at Sweet Phoenix’s new Greenfield location
04-11-2024 11:29 AM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — What began as a pop-up shop selling antiques and home goods in Turners Falls last October has transitioned to a permanent home at 281 Main St.Sweet Phoenix, owned by Danielle Marie, has moved into the space formerly occupied by Plum, a...


Consumer Corner: A two-day reprieve in tax filing deadline offers time for tips
04-11-2024 10:05 AM

By ANITA WILSON

The deadline to file state and federal income taxes is right around the corner. But in Massachusetts, filers have a two-day reprieve thanks to a state holiday.With Patriots’ Day on April 15 this year, state residents have until 11:59 p.m. on April 17...


Sounds Local: Fun for the whole family: Meltdown, a book and music fest for kids, returns to Greenfield this Saturday
04-10-2024 3:01 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

If you are looking for some family fun this weekend that includes award-winning authors, arts and crafts, games, puppetry, circus performers and lots of music, then head to The River’s annual Meltdown, a book and music festival for kids that will take...


Greenfield’s Stone Soup Culinary Institute welcomes third cohort of aspiring chefs
04-10-2024 11:34 AM

GREENFIELD — The culinary dreams of eight aspiring chefs are taking flight once again as Stone Soup Culinary Institute welcomes its third cohort of students.With nearly 50 applicants vying for the openings, this year’s selection welcomes eight...


A varied and appealing ‘American Table’: New book from the Smithsonian looks at American history through the lens of food
04-09-2024 4:35 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Food connects Americans to each other and to our history. Those connections were highlighted in a recent book and a library talk. The book is “Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People and Innovations That Feed Us,” (Harvest) by Lisa Kingsley in...


Greenfield board, state lawmakers look to preserve creative economy
04-09-2024 2:34 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

GREENFIELD — The city’s Cultural Council is looking to eventually expand and start a side-by-side nonprofit that would help raise money for local artists and events in addition to the annual funding received from the state.“When it comes to the...


Info session to share conceptual design for Buckland’s bike-themed pocket park
04-09-2024 11:50 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

BUCKLAND — The committee that’s working to create a bicycle-themed pocket park on Conway Street is holding a public information session to share the architectural plan developed by Walter Cudnohufsky Associates Inc.The meeting will be held Thursday,...


Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-08-2024 2:32 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE — For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Orange resident Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet at the...


The family that builds together: Bernardston’s Van Natta family are DIY superstars
04-08-2024 12:59 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The Van Natta family home on Parmenter Road was the second house built in Bernardston, and walking through their 1747 residence imparts a feeling of time travel, given centuries-old aspects as well as evidence of dozens of changes over many decades....


Legislative Coffee attendees push for housing, road funding
04-08-2024 12:04 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

GREENFIELD — Women from across Franklin County voiced their concerns on affordable housing, the PILOT program, climate action, road repairs and more to their local legislators on Saturday. Rep. Natalie Blais, Rep. Susannah Whipps and Sen. Jo Comerford...


With tourist attraction closed, ‘Village of Flowers’ beautification effort planned in Shelburne Falls
04-08-2024 10:02 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Bridge of Flowers will be closed this season for extensive repairs, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be things to see and do in the village.Community organizers have started a beautification project called the “Village of...


Speaking of Nature: Molting for amore: Spring has arrived and male goldfinches are starting to molt into their nuptial plumage
04-08-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It just so happens that I am a creature of habit and I always write my column on a Thursday. On this particular morning I find myself luxuriating in an unexpected, but most welcome, deviation from my normal routine. A huge winter storm has arrived and...


On first anniversary, Wendell Historical Society returns early documents to town
04-07-2024 11:12 AM

By CARLA CHARTER

Wendell town records — including more than 30 pages of loose documents dating from 1816 to the 1840s and a 500-page volume of town clerk notes dating from 1953 to 1969 — were returned to the town by the Wendell Historical Society on April 1, in...


More than man’s best friend: Emotional support dog brings priceless comfort to Greenfield teen with PTSD
04-05-2024 1:45 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

Zeal, a soulful-eyed chocolate lab, may well be “man’s best friend” to 15-year-old Rain Sanborn. But if all goes well, Zeal will also be a great comfort to the boy who suffered through years of trauma and anxiety brought on by a near-fatal ski...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Talk to me like you love me: How to use words to love your partner better
04-05-2024 1:42 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

As time goes by in a relationship, and partners get to know each other more, there will be inevitable hurts, disappointments and upsets. This is what happens when we share our life with another human being. We each come from our own backgrounds,...

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