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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...

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‘Glamping’ resort proposed in Charlemont
04-10-2024 4:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

CHARLEMONT — About 20 people crammed into a room at Town Hall on Tuesday for the first public hearing about an Agawam couple’s plans to buy the Warfield House Inn and convert the site into a mountainside resort.Jeffrey and Jennifer Neilsen hope to buy...


My Turn: Why did Israel target World Central Kitchen worker convoy?
04-10-2024 3:59 PM

By SHERRILL HOGEN

 In the war on Gaza, Israel recently targeted three cars carrying humanitarian aid workers of the World Central Kitchen (WCK), killing all seven of them.There is no excuse. This was clearly intentional. But why? WCK had a special relationship with...


AI first topic for 2024 Charlemont Forum series
04-05-2024 1:19 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — In its first session of 2024, the Charlemont Forum is bringing artificial intelligence to the table, as the discussion series looks at media as its overarching topic this year.The Charlemont Forum’s 2024 season opens on Thursday, April...


West County Notebook: April 6, 2024
04-05-2024 1:02 PM

Offers and Needs Market set for Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — An Offers and Needs Market will be held Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Art Garden, 14 Depot St., Suite 2.Offers and Needs Markets showcase hidden talents, skills, resources and needs...


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-27-2024 5:23 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...


My Turn: Don’t fear the truth
03-25-2024 9:01 PM

By SONNY CRAWFORD

I fear that the bulk of the victims of mendacity in leadership have fallen in behind the former president.Through the abuse of persuasive, bogus artificial intelligence-generated ads, misrepresented doctrines, and manipulated quotes, the undereducated...


Marguerite Willis: On the role of city councils
03-21-2024 6:08 PM

Greenfield City Council President John Bottomly’s comment during the City Council’s vote on the Gaza cease-fire resolution, “... but part of our process is to respond to what constituents want” is troubling to me.Before I am accused of heartlessness,...


My Turn: Spending quality time in the dark
03-20-2024 6:19 PM

By CARL DOERNER

November is the month for elections, and Nov. 5 promises to be a dramatic day — but March is the month of cinema and contention over who has produced the best work the public will come sit for hours in the dark to see. The Academy Awards ceremony...


PHOTOS: Maple Month marches on
03-18-2024 5:04 PM


Franklin County lodging managers say a lack of rooms is impacting tourist trade
03-08-2024 4:27 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

When Brolin Winning owned Smokey Bro’s BBQ on the Mohawk Trail several years ago, tons of tourists who stopped at his Shelburne establishment for a bite to eat had the same question for him.“Every single weekend, people would ask us if there was a...


‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ brings AI consideration to stage in Charlemont
03-08-2024 2:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont’s winter play reveals that people have feared AI for far longer than computers have existed.The Academy at Charlemont’s theater program invites the public to its production of Karel Capek’s 1920 play “Rossum’s...


Mohawk Trail, Hawlemont budgets get school board approval, head to Town Meeting
03-05-2024 3:42 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school district school committees having approved proposed budgets for fiscal year 2025, the funding requests will now come before Annual Town Meeting voters this spring.Mohawk Trail budgetFollowing a...


My Turn: From Uncle Remus to civil rights organizing
03-04-2024 4:52 PM

By KATHE GEIST

Thank you, Estelle Cade! [“When ‘Little Black Sambo’ was just a clever kid,” Recorder, Feb. 26]. I had the same “colored” baby doll. I called her Sandra, and now I know where the name came from.Family lore has it that I brought such a doll home from...


High winds knock down trees, power lines across Franklin County
02-29-2024 5:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Strong winds throughout Franklin County toppled dead and dying trees on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, knocking out power and leaving some roads blocked.According to data from the National Weather Service, winds reached speeds as high as 47...


Hawlemont Regional School, timber farmers to launch wood bank
02-23-2024 1:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — Hawlemont Regional School has partnered with Jay Healy of Hall Tavern Farm to establish a wood bank at the elementary school, providing free wood to the broader community."I think this will be a great partnership given what the school...


My Turn: The root causes of Middle East war
02-21-2024 9:35 PM

By CARL DOERNER

 No one has explained why young GIs were sleeping in a Jordan desert when harm came to them. Those generals who appear on TV are only up to speed about attacks, counterattacks, counter-counterattacks and so on. The military has to justify its...


Forum with legislators explores rural school aid, recreation tax and more
02-20-2024 12:22 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

CHARLEMONT — State Sen. Paul Mark and state Rep. Natalie Blais fielded questions on rural school aid, potential recreation taxes, affordable housing and more during a recent public forum attended by roughly 20 residents.The “ReMarks and Refreshments”...


West County Notebook: Feb. 16, 2024
02-15-2024 12:05 PM

Sen. Mark, Rep. Blais invite public to forum CHARLEMONT — State Sen. Paul Mark and state Rep. Natalie Blais invite the public to a “ReMarks and Refreshments” forum on Friday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Charlemont Town Hall, 157 Main St.The...


Dirt Church Brewing Co. of Vermont plans second location in Charlemont
02-08-2024 3:24 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

CHARLEMONT — After blazing a trail at Thunder Mountain Bike Park, Anna Cronin and her partner, Bruce Lindsay, realized Charlemont “is a viable town worth investing in.”That’s exactly what Cronin and Lindsay are doing by opening a second location of...


Charlemont cell tower bylaws head to Town Meeting
02-02-2024 12:01 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — The Planning Board has recently finalized new bylaws for personal wireless service facilities and is poised to present them at a public hearing, with plans to bring them to Annual Town Meeting this spring.“In general, it is very positive...

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