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Becky George: A volunteer to celebrate
07-12-2024 4:17 PM

Fifteen years ago a man, recently retired from a valued career at Deerfield Academy, walked into Franklin Medical Center and offered his services as a volunteer. In the beginning he made the mailroom his staple position. Not an easy task, learning the...


As I See It: This is your brain on trash
07-12-2024 4:15 PM

By JON HUER

During the last three generations, the focus of our consumption changed from primarily material things for comfort (like shoes and cars) to predominantly “mental” events for pleasure (such as entertainment like TV, internet, social media). So did our...


Ashfield voters to consider 911 infrastructure, tennis court rehab spending requests
07-12-2024 3:40 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ASHFIELD — Voters are asked to convene at Town Hall on Monday at 7 p.m. to consider three Special Town Meeting warrant articles pertaining to 911 infrastructure at the schools and a tennis court rehabilitation project.Articles 2 and 3 ask for $6,812...


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...


4 partial demolition plans presented for Erving’s International Paper Mill
07-12-2024 2:29 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ERVING — The Selectboard this week got a glimpse at four potential design plans for partial demolition and restoration of the International Paper Mill property.The $1.49 million property at 8 Papermill Road, which was seized by the town for back...


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...


A hobby that rocks: Self-taught Whately stone carver sculpts whatever inspires him
07-12-2024 1:09 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Around 15 years ago, Frank Popkiewicz was in Aroostook County, Maine when he found a stone face down into the Earth, in a shape that he thought resembled a bear.Since finding that stone, Popkiewicz’s interest in stones and rocks has only increased...


Who was your best teacher? Identifying the universal traits of great mentors
07-12-2024 1:07 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

Please think of a person you would identify as your best teacher. It might be a teacher you had in a class at school or college, but it could also be someone you took a dance or drawing class with, a coach, an employer or fellow employee, a member of...


Faith Matters: ‘God’s Eye is on the Sparrow’: Unlike the fleeting nature of our troubles, God’s love is everlasting
07-12-2024 1:05 PM

By THE REV. DR. MEGAN E. LEARY

For my birthday last year my husband and sons gave me a bird feeder with a camera attached.The camera has a motion sensor that is activated when birds land to feed and then captures video of them eating. I have become enchanted with watching the...


Book Review: ‘That Day and What Came After’: Turners Falls author pens book about processing grief after loss
07-12-2024 1:04 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Grief is a universal human emotion. We all lose people we love, particularly as we grow older. Rebecca Daniels of Turners Falls recalls the loss of her husband, and the strategies she used for dealing with that loss, in “That Day and What Came After:...


Valley Bounty: Blueberry fields forever: Family farm in Heath cultivates connection to a special summer crop
07-12-2024 1:04 PM

By JACOB NELSON

“This is a farm, but it feels like a wild place,” says Meredith Wecker about The Benson Place. “That’s why I fell in love with it.”The Benson Place is a diversified farm that Wecker runs with her husband, Andrew Kurowski, and is best known for their...


Dog of the Week: Tee-Bug
07-12-2024 9:34 AM


PHOTOS: West County Sandy Koufax teams meet in Buckland
07-11-2024 8:37 PM


Bulletin board: Greenfield Post 81 Seniors lose to Pittsfield, Juniors hammer West Side
07-11-2024 8:22 PM

Ian Simpson pitched well, tossing a complete game while allowed just three earned runs, but visiting Greenfield Post 81 was unable to break through offensively in a 4-1 loss to Pittsfield Post 68 in an American Legion Senior Division contest on...


My Turn: On women, democracy and men
07-11-2024 8:02 PM

By KARL MEYER

 The women were there first. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s likely been that way throughout history. Those were the people I found quietly holding signs on the village green on a Saturday some 20 years back. They’d been there for weeks —...


My Turn: Baby boomers and millennials meet … at the open convention
07-11-2024 8:00 PM

By DAVID PARRELLA

 There are few things that baby boomers like better than nostalgia. That is why a full house was on hand the other night at Tanglewood to listen to an extraordinarily peppy John Fogerty run through his catalog of hits backed by two of his sons.And...


Greenfield councilors debate proposed Code of Conduct
07-11-2024 6:44 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — In a lively debate that touched on free speech, social media and censorship, the Appointments and Ordinances Committee voted 3-0 to unanimously recommend that City Council President John Bottomley bring a proposed Code of Civility before...


Skyler Steele, Kylee Gamache help West to softball gold medal at 2024 Bay State Games
07-11-2024 6:37 PM

By GARRETT COTE

DEVENS — When the best-of-the-best from around the state gathered to play in the gold medal game of the 2024 Bay State Games, high-level performances are expected.And through seven innings of Thursday’s softball finale at Willard Field Complex,...


Orange officials talk disbanding Armory Commission, seeking financial review
07-11-2024 6:28 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — Addressing a lengthy agenda on Wednesday, the Selectboard approved the creation of a new subcommittee to curb dock issues at Lake Mattawa, a plan to dissolve the Armory Commission and a motion to task Town Administrator Matthew Fortier with...


Commission hears challenge to tipped worker ballot question
07-11-2024 4:07 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

The national group pursuing a ballot question that would increase what Massachusetts employers must pay tipped workers faces a new 11th-hour obstacle that could imperil its fate.A restaurant industry trade group higher-up filed an objection with state...

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