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John Sears: Hope for Israel/Palestine
07-02-2024 6:32 PM

I agree with My Turn writer Laurie Booshada [“Security and dignity through equality,” Recorder, June 26] that the only way to peace in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank is to achieve security and dignity through equality for all. The question is, how...

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Tour marks 50th anniversary of Hawley Bog’s declaration as National Natural Landmark
06-11-2024 6:58 PM

By SAM FERLAND

HAWLEY — It’s been 50 years since the Hawley Bog was declared a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service, one of only 11 in Massachusetts, and visitors got to see why on Tuesday with a celebratory guided tour.The celebration, led by The...


Hawley officials seek input on redesign of hazardous road
06-07-2024 9:16 AM

By SAM FERLAND

HAWLEY — A meeting with the Selectboard and representatives of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) recently addressed residents’ concerns and welcomed ideas to effectively redesign a curvy, hazardous section of Route 8A known as the...


‘As the woods wake up, it’s my favorite time’: Turkey hunters relish spring season
05-17-2024 12:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Boston Red Sox season will still be warming up by the end of this month, with about 110 games remaining before the playoffs. But outdoor sportsmen across Massachusetts will have already hung up their gear until around the time the World Series...


Hawley residents vote down resolution on state flag, seal for second year
05-14-2024 10:45 AM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HAWLEY — For the second year in a row, residents voted against a resolution to change the state flag and seal during their Annual Town Meeting on Monday evening. The state seal depicts an Indigenous man holding a bow and arrow, with an arm brandishing...


Following ‘no’ vote in 2023, Hawley voters will again consider resolution on state flag, seal
05-10-2024 2:25 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

HAWLEY — Voters will consider adopting a resolution to change the state flag and seal, and whether to approve the town’s Mohawk Trail Regional School District assessment, which is seeing a 19% increase, during Monday’s Annual Town...


Slew of write-ins elected in Hawley
05-07-2024 2:18 PM

HAWLEY — With only three candidates listed on the ballot, write-ins filled many of the positions during Monday’s annual town election.With no one on the ballot for town auditor or moderator, the incumbents were written in, along with a write-in...


West County Notebook: May 8, 2024
05-07-2024 12:50 PM

Historical Society program focusing on GriswoldvilleCOLRAIN — The Colrain Historical Society’s May program will be a photographic journey through the village of Griswoldville as it was in 1920.The free program will be held Thursday, May 9, at 7:30...


Write-ins to decide most positions in Hawley
05-03-2024 1:24 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

HAWLEY — Only three names are printed on this year’s town election ballot, but additional residents have stepped up to fill the empty seats as write-in candidates.Polls will be open on Monday, May 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town...


Hawley selling military dump truck
04-26-2024 3:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

HAWLEY — Want a military dump truck? If you’ve got the money, one could be yours.Hawley is using municibid.com, an online auction site for government surplus, to sell a 1990 BMY-Harsco M9229A2 6x6 military dump truck. The acceptance of bids from...


Part of Hawley’s Route 8A closed next week for slope repairs
04-12-2024 3:01 PM

HAWLEY — An area of Route 8A just south of the intersection with Pudding Hollow Road will be closed through Friday, April 19 next week, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) conducts slope repairs along the roadway.MassDOT will...


Lloyd Crawford: Rural wood heating bolsters rural economy, self-reliance
04-10-2024 3:41 PM

In response to Katy Eiseman’s column [“Must stop subsidizing wood-fired energy,” Recorder, April 5], I’d agree that wood burning indeed releases toxic compounds that are harmful to human health. I also believe that widespread burning of wood to...


Thriving off the land and ingenuity: Billings Brook Farm homestead in Hawley hums with activity
02-06-2024 9:24 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

A busy homestead in Hawley is filled with multiple forms of creativity, including a weaving loom, a child’s easel, kitchen projects, and wood creations. Billings Brook Farm is home to colors, shapes, flavors and joy.Despite the fact that 6-month-old...


Hawley Selectboard OKs loader purchase for Highway Department
01-26-2024 1:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HAWLEY — Bypassing a Town Meeting vote due to urgency, the Selectboard has authorized the Highway Department to purchase a new loader and related supplies using Chapter 90 funds. “This is the exception to the rule,” said Selectboard Chair Hussain...


Adams Ambulance license suspension leaves Hawley relying on mutual aid
01-24-2024 4:36 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HAWLEY — In the wake of Adams Ambulance having its operating license suspended by the state Department of Public Health, Hawley has been left without a primary ambulance provider and will be covered by Shelburne Falls EMS through mutual aid.This...


Remembering Hawley’s Alice Parker, ‘a legendary figure in choral music’
12-28-2023 4:08 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

HAWLEY — Alice Parker, who composed more than 500 pieces in a life devoted to singing and song, died at her home in Hawley early on Christmas Eve. She was 98.While Parker’s work included operas, song cycles, cantatas and anthems, she was particularly...


Roads, bridges and green energy top of mind for West County towns
12-27-2023 5:39 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder is beginning to publish 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 will be shared in two...


Hawley’s new website recognized by Massachusetts Municipal Association
12-26-2023 1:02 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HAWLEY — The efforts behind the creation of the town’s new website are being recognized as the nonprofit Massachusetts Municipal Association has deemed Hawley to have the best website for a Massachusetts town with fewer than 5,000 residents.The new...


West County Notebook: Dec. 16, 2023
12-15-2023 2:28 PM

Hawlemont students spearhead food driveCHARLEMONT — As a community service project, the Hawlemont Regional School 4-H Clubs have organized a food drive to benefit the Charlemont Good Neighbors Food Pantry. Three baskets located throughout the school...


New Hawley bridge connects region of snowmobile enthusiasts
12-15-2023 1:27 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HAWLEY — Snowmobile enthusiasts are connected to a network of more than 3,000 miles of trails throughout the region, thanks to a 60-foot bridge over Mill Brook that was spearheaded by the Buckland Riders Snowmobile Club.The club works with the state...


Kathryn Sternstein: Support bills allowing solar restrictions
12-06-2023 10:14 PM

I am writing to urge people to contact their state senators and representatives to ask them to support bills S.1319 and H.2082. These bills would give municipalities the ability to regulate large solar installations by removing the following words...

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