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Shakespeare reimagined: New play based on ‘King Lear’ explores themes of dementia and addiction
07-19-2024 10:13 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

Over 400 years after Shakespeare wrote “King Lear,” a theater production reimagines the story as one about the complexities of dementia.Director Toby Vera Bercovici of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and Northampton created the play over the course of five...

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New legal kiosk at Greenfield Public Library looks to bridge digital divide
07-22-2024 2:07 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Seeking to address issues of digital inequality for accessing legal resources online, a new legal kiosk is now available at the Greenfield Public Library.Representatives from Western New England University School of Law’s Legal Kiosk...


Helping neighbors, reducing waste: Dickinson Memorial Library sponsoring fix-it fair
07-21-2024 8:50 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

NORTHFIELD — In an effort to promote sustainability and community, Dickinson Memorial Library is sponsoring an event where residents can get help with repairs from their neighbors.The event, called the Northfield Fix-It Fair, will be held rain or...


Blooming Greenfield program revived
07-18-2024 11:38 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — After several years of dormancy, the Blooming Greenfield program is back beautifying Main Street this summer.Through Blooming Greenfield, businesses can sponsor a whiskey barrel that is then placed outside of their location and tended to...


Mosaic mural by Ashfield artist lands on Keystone Market
07-17-2024 12:49 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

When Ashfield artist Robert Markey looked at the empty wall on the side of Keystone Market in Shelburne Falls, he saw a blank canvas.When the building’s owners agreed that the wall could be the location of Markey’s latest mosaic mural, he was excited...


Charlemont teen honored for work with dog shelter
07-17-2024 10:30 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

CHARLEMONT — Having adopted two cats, a dog and a new kitten, it’s safe to say that Charlemont resident Rachel Harris is passionate about caring for animals.It was this passion that fueled her recent work with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office...


Garden tour to raise money for Colrain Historical Society
07-16-2024 11:59 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

COLRAIN — As members of the Colrain Historical Society set their sights on projects to improve building insulation and create a fully accessible restroom for visitors, the need for a fundraiser became clear.Enter the Historical Society’s first-ever...


Funding OK’d for 911 infrastructure, tennis court rehab in Ashfield
07-16-2024 10:50 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ASHFIELD — Roughly 30 voters unanimously passed all three articles at Monday’s Special Town Meeting, paving the way for 911 infrastructure upgrades at the schools and a tennis court rehabilitation project.Article 1 requested a $20,000 transfer from...


After 10 years, Franklin County Young Professionals rebranding
07-14-2024 8:01 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

After 10 years of supporting the region’s workers, Franklin County Young Professionals is looking to rebrand and is seeking feedback from the community on a new name that will more accurately describe the group’s purpose in 2024.“A lot of young...


New website serves as forest stewardship resource
07-13-2024 9:11 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ROWE — A new website geared toward those looking to get involved with forest stewardship was recently unveiled during the annual meeting of the Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts.Woodlands Partnership members saw a need for interested...


‘Summer Day on the Buckland Common’ back for eighth year
07-12-2024 4:53 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

BUCKLAND — For the eighth year, several Buckland organizations are joining forces to put on the “Summer Day on the Buckland Common” event.The free event will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Buckland Common is located at 17...


Longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders honored upon retirement
07-12-2024 2:31 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ORANGE — The North Quabbin community gave thanks to two longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders this week as they begin their retirements following decades of work in conflict resolution, mediation and active bystander training. Executive Director Sharon...


Dining al fresco?: Some of the best places to enjoy a meal outside in Franklin County
07-12-2024 1:11 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

A good meal enjoyed outside is a wonderful addition to any summer day.Whatever you’re in the mood for, Franklin County has delicious, fresh food to enjoy outdoors with the backdrop of the gorgeous local scenery. Here are five recommendations for...


Leyden native shines light on dementia, abandoned mills with pair of photography exhibits
07-11-2024 1:10 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

Years after seeing his grandparents struggle with different forms of dementia, Leyden native Joe Wallace decided to use photography to help him process the experience.The result, a portrait series called “The Day After Yesterday,” showcases...


Greenfield Public Library marks one year in new building with party
07-10-2024 10:30 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — With a full year having passed since the grand opening of the new Greenfield Public Library building, staff members are bringing the community together for a time of celebration and reflection.“This year, when we were ... realizing, ‘Oh...


‘Van-lifers’ from across country to unite in Greenfield for 51st annual National Truck-In
07-09-2024 4:27 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 van enthusiasts are expected to convene at the Franklin County Fairgrounds this week for the 51st annual National Truck-In.“It’s a custom van show,” explained Judi Baker, the event’s co-chair. “People from all...


Saddle up for Point 5K: Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser takes rodeo theme
07-05-2024 2:30 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Rain or shine, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Point 5K will return this year to the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. to raise money to help foster one-on-one mentoring relationships for...


Historian details long-forgotten history of a Colrain veteran’s murder, a manhunt and a prison escape
07-05-2024 12:40 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

The 1875 murder of a Civil War veteran named Joseph Riley Farnsworth is a story that is often forgotten in the annals of Colrain history, according to Catamount Hill Association historian Prentice Crosier.Farnsworth was coming back from a trip to...


Traditional ‘small-town parade’ in Shelburne Falls celebrating Independence Day
07-03-2024 2:17 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

SHELBURNE FALLS — The community can expect to see the Shelburne Falls Military Band, a Humvee, riders on horseback, fire trucks, floats and children riding decorated bicycles proceeding through the village streets on Thursday in celebration of...


Robertson Memorial Library makes digital shift with CWMARS membership
07-02-2024 10:23 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

LEYDEN — By joining CWMARS and expanding digital access for patrons, Library Director Karin Parks says the Robertson Memorial Library is “very excited to move on to the next century.”In fact, according to Parks, the Robertson Memorial Library is the...


‘It’s not an exclusive club’: Charlemont concert series aims to make chamber music accessible
07-02-2024 9:49 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

CHARLEMONT — Organizers of Mohawk Trail Concerts, a series now in its 54th season that continues through July 20, aim to make chamber music accessible for all.“We just want to enjoy music and share it with as many people as possible,” said Mark...

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