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Coast Guard partnering with local organizations for watercraft inspections for Safe Boating Week
05-20-2024 6:16 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As people load up their kayaks, canoes and boats ahead of Memorial Day weekend, local recreation company Adventure East and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are advising folks to keep safety in mind during National Safe Boating Week.In...

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Second annual event in Turners Falls pairs pickleball with donations for food programs
05-21-2024 12:22 PM

By SAM FERLAND

TURNERS FALLS — Six tennis courts will be filled with pickleball games on Saturday for the second annual Pickleball Food Drive Festival, an event that rallies people together to collect non-perishable food donations and raise money for the Food Bank...


DCR highlights $1.5M in Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground upgrades
05-17-2024 4:36 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — Following $1.5 million in investments to the Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground, the Department of Conservation and Recreation kicked off the 2024 camping season on Friday and welcomed folks back to the campground that had been closed...


‘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...


Bike Month event in Greenfield looks at favorite cycling spots, room for improvement
05-14-2024 4:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — In celebration of Bay State Bike Month and in anticipation of a new Franklin County Regional Bike Plan, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) welcomed cyclists to the John W. Olver Transit Center on Tuesday.With...


Greenfield Recreation Department Notebook: April 30, 2024
04-29-2024 12:28 PM

Summer camp registration now open The Recreation Department’s summer camps offer playground time, swimming time, games, and arts and crafts activities daily. Field trips and special guests are planned to coincide with each themed week. Daily lunches...


Quabbin Reservoir opens for fishing season on Saturday
04-18-2024 4:04 PM

By MIKE ROCHE

It’s finally that time of year again — the Quabbin Reservoir will open for fishing on Saturday, April 20, at 6 a.m.The reservoir serves as the principal drinking water supply for 3 million of Massachusetts’ roughly 7 million residents. Since 1946,...


PHOTO: Pickleball pals at play
03-29-2024 4:53 PM


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...


PHOTO: Peaceful park
03-20-2024 4:25 PM


PHOTO: Pair of paddlers
03-19-2024 2:49 PM


PHOTO: Pups and pinecones
03-17-2024 8:24 AM


Public comment sought for Franklin County Bike Plan update
03-05-2024 3:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is asking the public to complete an online survey with an interactive mapping component to provide information for a new Franklin County Bike Plan.By updating the bike plan for the...


PHOTO: Clear day on the ice
02-29-2024 2:47 PM


102nd Winter Carnival unites community with ‘Season Switch-Up’ theme
02-04-2024 5:15 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI and AALIANNA MARIETTA

GREENFIELD — Neighbors and newcomers gathered at Beacon Field on Sunday to play Tug-of-War and cheer on dogs of all sizes that were competing in the K-9 Keg Pull to close out the 102nd annual Winter Carnival.“It brings people together,” said...


Billy Goat Boats awarded 10-year deal for Orange boathouse
02-01-2024 4:10 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It seems Billy Goat Boats isn’t going anywhere, as the Selectboard opted this week to award the family-run watercraft rental business use of the boathouse following a public and contentious leasing fiasco.The company owned and operated by...


PHOTOS: Fishing with friends
01-19-2024 4:38 PM


Wendell to benefit from state trail funding
12-27-2023 10:59 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The town is one of 15 municipalities, and the only one in Franklin County, set to benefit from a combined $24 million for trail projects across the state.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation intends to build a bridge over...


Montague, Ashfield parks get $436K for upgrades
12-25-2023 4:12 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Parks in Ashfield and Montague are getting upgrades thanks to a pair of state grants totaling $436,100.The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently awarded Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC), Local...


Tensions run high over eviction of Billy Goat Boats in Orange
12-07-2023 6:18 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Billy Goat Boats might remain at Orange Riverfront Park after the former town administrator took responsibility for a leasing issue that forced the recent eviction of the family-run watercraft rental business.The company, which is owned and...


Greenfield Recreation Department Notebook: Nov. 30, 2023
11-29-2023 10:43 AM

Youth Basketball Pee Wee Division: This skills and drills program for children in kindergarten and first grade will teach the fundamentals of the game including shooting, passing, dribbling and rules. Volunteer coaches will lead players through skills...

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