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Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Minutemen ready for their spring formal
04-26-2024 2:34 PM

Good morning!Over 150 gridiron alumni will be at Saturday’s UMass football spring game. Recruited to UMass when they were schoolboys, they’re returning to help coach Don Brown give his players a glimpse of the program’s legacy.Longtime Minutemen...


PHOTOS: Literary insight
04-26-2024 12:34 PM


Faith Matters: A pastor celebrating Passover: Unmasking false theology that has been used to justify antisemitism
04-26-2024 12:15 PM

By THE REV. RANDOLPH CALVO

This weekend, Jews are celebrating the feast of Passover. Passover began at sundown this past Monday and ends at sundown this coming Tuesday. Usually, Passover and Easter coincide on the calendar. However, this is a Jewish leap year. The Jewish...


Shelburne fair to explore energy-efficient options for homeowners
04-25-2024 8:45 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE — If you’ve wondered how to decide on solar options, or a heat pump, or how to reduce your home’s oil/propane use, you can find information at a free Energy Fair organized by the Shelburne Energy Committee.The fair will be held on Saturday,...


West County Notebook: April 23, 2024
04-22-2024 9:53 AM

Catamount Hill Association offering guided hike COLRAIN — The Catamount Hill Association is sponsoring a guided hike on Catamount Hill, weather permitting, on Saturday, April 27. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Route 112 and...


‘Glamping’ resort developers look to curb traffic, sewer concerns in Charlemont
04-19-2024 3:03 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — Deliberations on the conditions and potential approval of a proposed mountainside resort will come at the Planning Board’s next meeting, as the applicant laid out potential solutions to residents’ concerns about traffic on Thursday.Jeff...


Proposed Colrain solar bylaw changes would add definitions, expand site plan reviews
04-19-2024 12:16 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

COLRAIN — Revisions to the town’s solar bylaws that clarify what constitutes large-, medium- and small-scale projects and that expand the associated site plan review requirements are likely on tap for residents to consider at the June 4 Annual Town...


Hitting the ceramic circuit: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail turns 20 years old, April 27-28
04-19-2024 11:32 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

A lot can change in 20 years: Presidents and other politicians come and go, new cultural fads and technologies emerge, clothing styles morph, and music and movies take on different dimensions.In these parts, one tradition hasn’t changed. Since 2005,...


LaunchSpace’s ReMake Festival returning for second year in Orange
04-18-2024 11:32 AM

ORANGE — LaunchSpace will hold its second annual ReMake Festival on Saturday to share ways to leverage makerspaces that provide space and equipment to repair, reuse and upcycle everyday items.The free event, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., is packed with...


County cleanups on tap for Earth Day
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents across Franklin County plan to get their hands dirty in celebration of Earth Day, with various cleanup events on the horizon.In Colrain, residents can roll up their sleeves and pick up roadside litter as part of “Spruce Up Colrain.” There is...


Two local school advocates tapped to lead state’s new Small and Rural Schools Committee
04-16-2024 5:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As rural schools and their challenges continue to become a more prominent topic at the state level, two local champions of Franklin County’s schools have been tapped to serve as co-chairs of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ (MASC)...


Franklin County Fairgrounds hosting regional dog agility competition
04-15-2024 1:39 PM

GREENFIELD — Hundreds of canines and their handlers will compete at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on April 26 through April 28, vying for top honors in the United States Dog Agility Association’s (USDAA) New England Regional Championship.Organized...


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...


Faith Matters: How to still the muddy waters of overthinking: Clarity, peace and God can be found in the quiet spaces
04-12-2024 10:43 AM

By THE REV. CINDY LAJOY

Have you ever walked through a season of your life where, no matter how hard you tried, you were unable to see your way through to the “other side?” Maybe you have been anxious for months about a major decision you need to make, but despite your...


Track & field preview 2024: Frontier aims for repeat Intercounty League titles
04-09-2024 4:32 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Two years ago, Frontier’s Jack Vecellio captured an all-state title in the pole vault while Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco won a state championship in the high jump. On the girls side, Greenfield’s Tess Rancourt placed third at New Englands in the...


Colrain library named finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service
04-08-2024 12:59 PM

COLRAIN — The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Griswold Memorial Library is among 30 finalists for the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.Griswold Memorial Library is one of four institutions in Massachusetts...


High school tennis preview 2024: Frontier boys looking to build on strong season
04-05-2024 5:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Could this be the year a Recorder area tennis team makes it past the MIAA Round of 32? In the two years since the MIAA switched to a statewide format, area tennis teams have done well qualifying for states, but have struggled when getting there. In...


Montague Selectboard talks need for school funding, infrastructure upgrades with Rep. Blais
04-05-2024 1:39 PM

By MAX BOWEN

MONTAGUE — Increased school funding, road and bridge repairs, and wastewater system upgrades were on the minds of Selectboard members as they met with Rep. Natalie Blais this week.Blais, D-Deerfield, met with the board as part of her annual tour of...


Faith Matters: ‘A place where there is no man’: A call to realize that we are the ones we have been waiting for
04-05-2024 1:30 PM

By JASPER LAPIENSKI

“In a place where there is no man, strive to be a man.” (Avot 2:6)If you take just the second half of this statement, it sounds uncomfortably familiar: Be a man. We hear that a lot these days. Real men don’t cry; be a man. Shoulder the burden. Do your...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Jim Reid a deserving honoree
04-05-2024 1:20 PM

Good morning!Sunday at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, Jim Reid will be honored by the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Football Foundation, together with seven others who will be feted for their contributions to the sport.Reid has come full...

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