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Wendell unveils restored World War II memorial after long disappearance
07-18-2024 2:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WENDELL — After a 3,000-mile journey east, a World War II memorial honoring 36 Wendell veterans has finally returned home.In a ceremony Wednesday afternoon, town officials, residents and veterans gathered as Wendell unveiled the recently refurbished...

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HERO Act ‘monumental’ for veterans, but one expert says it falls short on housing
06-24-2024 4:26 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A leading veterans agent in the region says an expansive bill soon to become law designed to improve the lives of Massachusetts veterans is “monumental” for its expanded inclusion efforts, benefits, and health care provisions, but the measure fails to...


Bronze plaque will commemorate Orange’s Memorial Hall, torn down in 1996
06-07-2024 4:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Three local women are awaiting the arrival of a bronze plaque to be embedded onto the face of a new memorial stone installed to commemorate the former Memorial Hall building that stood for 104 years before being demolished in 1996.Pam Rand,...


D-Day: Changing the course of World War II
06-05-2024 3:11 PM

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OMAHA BEACH, France — The June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France was unprecedented in scale and audacity, using the largest-ever armada of ships, troops, planes and vehicles to punch a hole in Adolf Hitler’s defenses in western Europe...


‘It brings back memories’: Buckland native, battling illness, returns home for final visit
06-03-2024 10:30 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Kenneth Butler knew that when he departed for Bradley International Airport on Friday morning it was the final time he would be in his native western Massachusetts until he is laid to rest next to his parents in Greenfield.The...


North Quabbin Notebook: June 3, 2024
06-03-2024 6:01 AM

Two area veterans get Quilts of Valor ORANGE — Veterans Dereck G. Dowler and Alfred O. “Ollie” Ohlson received Quilts of Valor at a ceremony at the North Orange Grange on May 14.The honor was made possible by the Quilts of Valor Foundation, a...


A day of respect: Greenfield parade, ceremony seeks to remember the fallen, while also urging people to enjoy the day
05-27-2024 4:47 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — After recounting the deaths of Marines Sgt. Maj. Robert Cottle and Lance Cpl. Rick Centanni, two marines who were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Jeffrey Cochran asked veterans and...


103-year-old World War II veteran honored during Whately’s Memorial Day event
05-26-2024 5:02 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WHATELY — While Whately’s annual Memorial Day parade came and went as is tradition on Sunday, this year’s proceedings marked a particularly special occasion for World War II veteran Walter Harubin.Harubin, 103, was honored as Whately’s oldest veteran...


Shelburne Falls committee puts ‘a local face’ on military service with annual commemoration
05-24-2024 12:41 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SHELBURNE — The Shelburne Falls Memorial Day Committee is planning a commemoration on Monday to honor one of the four Shelburne men killed fighting for their country in Vietnam, with the intention of celebrating the others on a rotating basis in the...


How to celebrate Memorial Day in 2024
05-23-2024 12:22 PM

Editor’s note: The following is a collection of Memorial Day events happening across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Know of an event that wasn’t included? Email information to news@recorder.com.ASHFIELD A Memorial Day ceremony will be...


Frontier students meet local veterans while placing flags for fallen heroes
05-22-2024 4:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Thanks to a collaboration between Frontier Regional School students and the Hale-Clapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295, veterans’ graves in South Deerfield’s three cemeteries got fresh American flags ahead of Memorial...


PHOTOS: Flags for fallen veterans
05-18-2024 4:33 PM


Heath native’s bill honoring fallen heroes introduced in Congress
05-12-2024 3:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Legislation drafted by a Heath native with the intent of recognizing those killed serving in the U.S. military has been introduced in both chambers of Congress.Keith Sherman, who now lives in North Carolina, worked diligently on multiple drafts of a...


Retired police officer, veteran opens firearms training academy in Millers Falls
05-09-2024 10:21 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

MILLERS FALLS — The Western Massachusetts Training & Education Academy offers an array of firearm courses taught by certified instructor and U.S. Marine veteran Leon “Lee” Laster. But you won’t find live ammunition on site.That’s because the new...


My Turn: Asbestos exposure can still compromise Massachussets veterans’ health
04-08-2024 6:03 PM

By CRISTINA JOHNSON

 Over the last century, the U.S. military has primarily used asbestos because the World War II war effort needed cheap materials to mass-produce military equipment quickly. Considered a “wonder material,” asbestos was abundant in the markets, and...


Wendell World War II memorial found online in California, returning to town
04-08-2024 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — Thirty-four states in this country have a Springfield. Twenty-four include a Madison. As for a Wendell, that number sits at five — in Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Idaho.That’s why determining that the Bay State...


U.S. Rep. Neal scopes out new veterans home in Holyoke
04-04-2024 11:49 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — Congressman Richard Neal often frequented the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke years ago to visit his grandfather and uncle — the latter of whom served in the Korean War for exactly one year, one month and one day — and witnessed firsthand the...


New Salem’s Veterans Park gets flag that flew over U.S. Capitol
02-22-2024 11:17 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM – It’s at least 400 miles from Washington, D.C., to South Main Street in this quiet town of about 1,000 residents.But that’s the journey taken by the American flag that flies over Veterans Park, after having been flown over the U.S....


State honors Bernardston WWII vet on 99th birthday
02-15-2024 1:37 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

One of Franklin County’s oldest living World War II veterans was recently honored with three state citations recognizing both his 99th birthday and his military service.Frederic Johnson, of Bernardston received the citations from state Sen. Jo...


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony draws parallels to today’s conflicts
12-07-2023 6:16 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GILL — The 82nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the catalyst for the United States’ involvement in World War II, was recognized on Thursday during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony that took place next to the French King Bridge. “Our...


Commending ‘service over self’: Greenfield holds annual Veterans Day parade, ceremony
11-12-2023 11:52 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — Franklin County residents converged on the county seat on Saturday for the annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony honoring community members who served.Marching from Greenfield Middle School to Veterans Mall on Main Street were veterans...

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