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Cultivating curiosity in the great outdoors: Grower of native plants creates curriculum for school children
03-18-2024 3:57 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

We celebrate today’s Spring Equinox with Colrain resident Jocelyn Demuth, who designs curricula to encourage Massachusetts children to improve environmental health.Through her “Five hundred Yard Field Trip” website, Demuth provides teachers with free...

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Colrain library named finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service
04-08-2024 12:59 PM

COLRAIN — The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Griswold Memorial Library is among 30 finalists for the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.Griswold Memorial Library is one of four institutions in Massachusetts...


West County Notebook: March 15, 2024
03-14-2024 12:37 PM

CPA Exploratory Committee holding information session COLRAIN — The ad hoc CPA Exploratory Committee will hold a public information session on Saturday, March 16, at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road.By voting to...


Colrain Roundhouse, a historic home for the arts, being sold to new owner
03-11-2024 6:38 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

COLRAIN — Storytellers, artists and longtime visitors walked the empty rooms of the Roundhouse on Sunday, swapping memories and saying goodbye to what has been a home for collective creativity.The Van Nuys Road building, which has been owned by...


West County Notebook: March 9, 2024
03-08-2024 2:34 PM

Sen. Paul Mark’s staff holding office hours in Buckland BUCKLAND — State Sen. Paul Mark’s staff will hold office hours on Tuesdays, March 12 and 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Buckland Town Hall, located at 17 State St.Constituents of Mark’s Berkshire,...


Colrain’s Redneck Wine owners seek to connect customers with history through taste buds
02-01-2024 9:56 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — A third-generation Colrain resident is looking to share a bit of history with visitors — through wine.Betty Ringwood and her husband, Chris Pelletier, have opened Redneck Wine LLC at 364 Jacksonville Road after spending six years homebrewing...


PHOTO: Eagle eye
01-30-2024 3:26 PM


PHOTO: Utility pole, lines down following Colrain car crash
01-23-2024 5:03 PM


Peggy Davis: Remembering Dwayne Brewington
01-22-2024 5:03 PM

I learned with great sadness of the passing of Dwayne Brewington. One moment stands out in my mind when I think of him. We attended a Martin Luther King Day event a number of years ago, bringing a foster child with us, about eight years old, who had...


‘A People’s History of Colrain’: Library produces new podcast to tell local stories
01-12-2024 11:31 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Griswold Memorial Library is getting local people to tell their own stories in their recently launched podcast, “A People’s History of Colrain.” “We are trying to collect local history in people’s own voices,” explained Griswold Memorial Library...


Drivers, dog injured in head-on collision in Colrain
01-10-2024 1:53 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — A head-on collision on Greenfield Road Wednesday morning injured two people as well as a dog.A pickup truck coming down the slope toward the center of Colrain at around 9 a.m. slid across the center line and struck a small hybrid vehicle...


Grant infusion boosts priority road projects in West County towns in 2024
01-08-2024 4:56 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder is publishing stories about what Franklin County residents can likely expect to see happening in their towns in 2024. Details about projects in the western part of the county were shared in two installments. This...


Brad Brigham: First Amendment not for sale 
12-31-2023 7:00 PM

Money may not be able to buy you love but it sure can put pressure on freedom of speech, one of the cornerstones of our “free and open” society of our constitutional republic.In a desperate attempt to shut down anti-Jewish protests on college and...


3 dams in Franklin County, North Quabbin get funds for removal studies
12-27-2023 5:39 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With an eye toward increasing climate resilience and reducing public safety risk, preliminary design studies to examine the removal of three dams in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region are being backed by funding from the state Department of...


In second try, Colrain voters approve money for contracting snow removal services
12-08-2023 1:24 PM

By MARY BYRNE

COLRAIN — Voters packed the Colrain Central School gymnasium on Thursday evening to vote for a second time on the town’s request to transfer $50,000 from the Highway Department wages account to a new account for contracted snow and ice removal...


Two arrested after allegedly shooting deer from truck in Colrain
12-05-2023 5:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested two brothers Saturday night after they allegedly shot a deer from their truck while in Colrain.Police arrested Colrain resident Seth Doull, 51, and Worthington resident Ira Doull, 46, on...


Colrain debuts new wood bank
12-04-2023 12:14 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — The town has a new wood bank providing a system of wood sharing for local residents. The wood bank is located outside the transfer station on Charlemont Road. It is open for anyone to give and take wood as needed.“This is a mutual aid...


Colrain opts to keep South Green River Road open this winter, conditions permitting
12-01-2023 2:56 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — Following complaints from residents, the Selectboard has opted to keep South Green River Road open for the winter, provided it does not become dangerous. “The logical conclusion is to keep it open until it becomes a safety issue,” said board...


Snow removal funding proposal coming back to Colrain voters
11-23-2023 2:48 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

COLRAIN — Following a lightly attended Special Town Meeting, the town will return to voters with the same ask it had on Nov. 14: fund snow and ice removal services, while it searches for a full-time Highway Department employee.With just three Highway...


Colrain residents vote down contracting snow removal services
11-15-2023 3:19 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — In a 12-6 vote, residents voted down transferring $50,000 from an account for Highway Department wages to a new account for contracted snow and ice removal services. Officials called a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday so voters could have...


West County Notebook: Nov. 11, 2023
11-14-2023 11:11 AM

Route 112 reopens COLRAIN — The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) reopened Route 112 to through traffic on Nov. 3. Route 112 was previously closed to through traffic starting Tuesday, Sept. 19, to allow for repair work to be conducted on...

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