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Ready for their close-up: Pothole Pictures announces a season of curated film screenings, live music and $1 popcorn
04-12-2024 10:58 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

It’s showtime again for Pothole Pictures, a community-based movie series that showcases classic movies, live local music, occasional interviews with relevant film-makers, and sells popcorn that’s still only $1.Named for Shelburne Falls’s Glacial...

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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...


PHOTOS: Cultural exploration
04-11-2024 12:57 PM


My Turn: Facts, opinions and falsehoods
04-09-2024 3:56 PM

By MARIE BETTS BARTLETT

 The beauty of our U.S. news and information systems is that individuals get to say what they want to say, with only a few restrictions.The challenge is that people, including news organizations, routinely combine opinion and fact, and state their...


With tourist attraction closed, ‘Village of Flowers’ beautification effort planned in Shelburne Falls
04-08-2024 10:02 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Bridge of Flowers will be closed this season for extensive repairs, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be things to see and do in the village.Community organizers have started a beautification project called the “Village of...


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...


Lynne Pledger and Dorothea Sotiros: Soil microbes reduce flooding
04-01-2024 5:44 PM

Almost buried in the recent article about clogged drainage ditches was a nugget of wisdom from Astarte Farm manager Ellen Drews [“Farmers spotlight drainage ditch troubles,” Recorder, March 28]. She noted that the farm’s practice of no-till (planting...


My Turn: Walking in light
03-29-2024 4:13 PM

By ALAN HARRIS

All the pundits and commentators are buried in duplicity or despair. The darkness is descending and we, mortal victims swim frantically for some shore where hands and faces greet with reassurance that mere survival is off the table and that one can...


With only 1 bid for Bridge of Flowers repairs, $2.28M grant for project short by $590K
03-11-2024 5:28 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — The request for proposals for the extensive Bridge of Flowers repair project received just one bid from a construction company, with the resulting figure being higher than anticipated.The sole bid filed by the March 7 deadline came...


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,...


Sounds Local: Your favorite musician’s favorite musician: British singer-songwriter Luke Concannon plays in Shelburne Falls this Saturday
03-06-2024 2:00 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We all know that Ed Sheeran is a pop superstar and a bestie of Taylor Swift, but you probably didn’t know that he is a huge fan of of folk singer Luke Concannon, a British folk artist who will perform at The Mill in Shelburne Falls this Saturday,...


Dennis Merritt: Trump is not the solution to a broken Congress
03-04-2024 4:39 PM

It’s with horror that those of us on the left learn of Trump’s blatant intention to create an authoritarian government, with him being the top authoritarian. We look at those on the right and cry out, “Don’t you see what he’s doing?” “Don’t you see he...


Nature is his muse: Works by photographer Lou Wallach on display at Salmon Falls Gallery, Feb. 22 to April 28
02-23-2024 1:48 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Traveling around the country on his motorcycle, Lou Wallach sees nature like no one else. Thirteen hanging framed prints and 22 unframed works of Wallach’s black-and-white photography will be on display at Salmon Falls Gallery, located at 1 Ashfield...


Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum expansion nears finish line
02-23-2024 12:25 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Outgrowing the Car Barn built in 2016, the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is expanding so that it can store more trolleys in its facilities.The expansion will increase its already existing 40 by 60-foot Car Barn by 43 feet. The...


Winter HooPla in Shelburne Falls to bring ‘magical experience’
02-10-2024 5:53 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Art Garden will showcase local artists’ creativity once again with a night of ephemeral art installations at the Winter HooPla event.For the past eight years, artists have transformed the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum’s freight...


Local attorneys renovate Shelburne Falls space to solve ‘a desperate need’ for offices
02-07-2024 10:27 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Local attorneys Kevin Parsons and Lina Alexandra Hogan are aiming to attract more businesses to the village with their newly rehabilitated building.Parsons was looking for a new office after the location where he was renting space...


Leo Ojala: Real answers needed for rising auto insurance rates
02-06-2024 3:50 PM

This week, a local TV news station ran a story about the reasons for increased auto insurance rates. They cited the increased cost of replacing bumpers and even had some dollar figure comparisons. The report ignored the elephant in the room. There was...


Nearly $152K to help bridge digital divide at Franklin County senior centers
02-02-2024 4:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Senior centers around Franklin County are preparing to dip their toes into the digital and hybrid worlds thanks to $151,500 in grant funding from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.Through the agency’s Hybrid Programming for Councils on Aging grant...


PHOTOS: Creativity celebrated in ‘Name a Snowplow’ contest
01-29-2024 12:49 PM


My Turn: Lulled by culture’s unthinking vapidity
01-26-2024 8:58 AM

By ALAN HARRIS

Our Barnum and Bailey world gets more bizarre every day. Nothing astonishes. My core beliefs, however, are my guides. There’s always a higher way. There’s always a world where we know morality from apostasy, or renunciation of core beliefs.We’re...


Shelburne Falls businesses band together in call for Gaza cease-fire
01-18-2024 1:26 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Village business owners have banded together to call for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to the Israel-Hamas war. “We as humans have to stand up and say we all deserve to live,” said Bridge Street Bazaar co-owner Mohammad Yaseen....

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