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Warwick voters approve new fire engine by 79-73 vote
05-21-2024 3:15 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — An effort to replace a 35-year-old fire engine that has been carried by several of the town’s fire chiefs has finally borne fruit.By just six votes, residents at Monday’s town election approved a ballot question for a $480,000 Proposition 2½...

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Suspect still at large after allegedly striking Warwick police chief with vehicle
05-22-2024 7:19 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WARWICK — Police Chief David Shoemaker is reportedly fine after a driver allegedly struck him twice intentionally during a traffic stop on Tuesday before fleeing to New Hampshire, where authorities say it appears he has left the area.The chief was...


Vote on debt exclusion for fire truck purchase on Warwick ballot
05-15-2024 10:29 AM

WARWICK — While there are no contested races in Monday’s town election, voters will weigh in on a ballot question authorizing a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion to fund the purchase of a new fire engine.Polls will be open at Town Hall from noon to 8...


New fire engine gets nod at Warwick Town Meeting
05-07-2024 7:18 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WARWICK — The Fire Department may be in store for its first new fire engine in 3½ decades after Annual Town Meeting voters gave the nod to two articles authorizing $680,000 for one on Monday. Residents authorized the transfer of $200,000 from the...


New fire engine, budget increase on Warwick Town Meeting warrant
05-03-2024 1:43 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — Monday’s Annual Town Meeting will include a discussion on whether to buy a $680,000 vehicle for the Fire Department.The article seeks $200,000 from the stabilization fund and another $480,000 through borrowing to purchase the new fire...


1989 homicide victim found in Warwick ID’d through genetic testing, but some mysteries remain
05-02-2024 11:05 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — It took nearly 35 years, but the human remains found just off Route 78 in Warwick in 1989 have been identified as belonging to Constance (Holminski) Bassignani, who was 65 years old at the time of her murder.The Northwestern District...


DA to announce breakthrough in 1989 unsolved homicide in Warwick
05-01-2024 4:10 PM

GREENFIELD — Authorities have scheduled a press conference on Thursday morning to announce what they say is a major breakthrough in the case of human remains found in Warwick in 1989.Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, First Assistant...


Sounds Local: Spring is singer-songwriter season: A host of local performers celebrate new work
04-17-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We are fortunate to live in an area where we can experience all types of music, and when it comes to singer-songwriters, we are fortunate to have so many talented ones living among us. Any given weekend, you can head out to one of the local breweries...


North County Notebook: April 11, 2024
04-10-2024 1:56 PM

ch’Chunk to perform in Warwick WARWICK — The Wooden Fender concert series presents a concert and dance by ch’Chunk, performing early 20th-century jazz, at Warwick Town Hall, 12 Athol Road, on Saturday, April 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.The band’s...


Warwick resident tapped as new building inspector in Wendell
04-05-2024 12:48 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The town will soon have a new building inspector, as Justin Gale accepted the part-time position after Selectboard members voted unanimously to offer him the job.The Warwick resident interviewed for the job at the March 6 meeting, where he...


Louise Doud: EVs pose a tiny fraction of the fire danger of gas cars
04-02-2024 5:18 PM

The lead article on the front page of Saturday’s Recorder shouts “EVs pose firefighting challenges.” Well, it’s true, they pose a unique challenge to firefighters, as Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan was quoted as saying.Unfortunately, the...


PHOTO: Two by two
03-30-2024 11:26 AM


First-ever event in Warwick to bolster kids’ business skills
03-23-2024 2:05 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

WARWICK — Young entrepreneurs will get some real-world, hands-on experience when they set up shop as part of the first-ever Warwick Children’s Business Fair.The event, to be held Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Warwick Community...


North County Notebook: March 8, 2024
03-07-2024 3:06 PM

Two more roast beef suppers this year BERNARDSTON — The United Church of Bernardston at 58 Church St. will hold two more Second Saturday Roast Beef Suppers this year on March 9 and April 13, with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.At a price of $15, each...


Warwick officials mapping out plan for Route 78 tree removal
02-08-2024 4:10 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — Town and state officials are in the last leg of the planning process to remove dozens of trees from Winchester Road (Route 78) that are deemed a threat.According to Selectboard member Keith Ross, the plan is to remove an estimated 80 to 100...


North County Notebook: Feb. 9, 2024
02-08-2024 1:42 PM

Homeschool Co-op hosting ‘Share the Love’ food driveWARWICK — The Warwick Community Homeschool Co-op is hosting a “Share the Love” food drive throughout February, with a special drop-off event planned on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. on the...


North County Notebook: Jan. 11, 2024
01-10-2024 9:52 AM

Jan. 20: ‘Souper supper’ and Butterfly Swing Band performance WARWICK — As part of the annual Wooden Fender concert series, the Warwick Arts Council will present a “souper supper” and a concert by the Butterfly Swing Band at Warwick Town Hall, 12...


Public safety infrastructure a key focus for North County towns in 2024
01-07-2024 2:24 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder is publishing stories about what Franklin County residents can likely expect to see happening in their communities in 2024.As 2024 gets underway, multiple towns in northern Franklin County are set on bolstering...


PHOTOS: Learning on display in Warwick
12-21-2023 10:32 AM


Funding for hybrid cruiser, student van approved in Warwick
12-13-2023 5:43 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WARWICK — Roughly 50 voters passed all but one of the 13 warrant articles at Monday’s Special Town Meeting, signaling their support to buy a hybrid police cruiser and a van to transport Warwick Community School students. The sole article that was...


Ivan Ussach: Columns push against complacency
12-12-2023 6:26 PM

A pair of columns in the Recorder’s Dec. 9 edition packed some courageous stuff. John Bos’ column used a poem by Jane Hirshfield, and Wen Stephenson’s response to it, to question the value of hope compared with despair in responding to climate woes....

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