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10 Franklin County communities get state funds for storm damage repairs
01-22-2024 4:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BOSTON — With the long-awaited announcement of storm damage relief funding at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual conference this past weekend, Deerfield and Conway, as well as 35 other communities around the state, are finding themselves...

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And Then What Happened?: Finding an antidote to February, the real cruelest month
02-18-2024 12:01 PM

Remember in 12th grade English class when the poet T.S. Eliot said, “April is the cruellest month?” Not only did he not know how to spell “cruelest” but I’m convinced he didn’t know squat about February! February will kick April’s butt in a heartbeat...


West County Notebook: Feb. 16, 2024
02-15-2024 12:05 PM

Sen. Mark, Rep. Blais invite public to forum CHARLEMONT — State Sen. Paul Mark and state Rep. Natalie Blais invite the public to a “ReMarks and Refreshments” forum on Friday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Charlemont Town Hall, 157 Main St.The...


And Then What Happened?: Let the next generation have their moment
02-11-2024 4:01 PM

By NAN PARATI

In 2005 I bought a building that has housed a series of Ashfield institutions since 1835 when it began life as Crafts Store. The place went through a few iterations and was even owned by the IGA supermarket chain in the early 20th century until 1937,...


Ashfield cell tower planned for early summer completion
02-08-2024 1:36 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

ASHFIELD — The Planning Board has granted telecommunications infrastructure developer Vertex Towers a six-month extension on its special permit to build a cell tower on Ridge Hill, a project that has been in the works for more than two years. “The...


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...


Psychologists supported by Ashfield churches recognized for work with trauma victims
02-01-2024 2:15 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — The American Psychological Association (APA) has awarded the 2024 International Humanitarian Award to Sayed Jafar Ahmadi and Zeinab Musavi, a couple that Ashfield Churches Together has supported since 2021.The award is sponsored by APA’s...


West County Notebook: Jan. 26, 2024
01-25-2024 2:50 PM

Library hosting cafe to talk about climate anxiety CHARLEMONT — Tyler Memorial Library at 157 Main St. will host a Climate Cafe on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. The Climate Cafe is a space for people who are concerned about climate change and its...


Grant infusion boosts priority road projects in West County towns in 2024
01-08-2024 4:56 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder is publishing stories about what Franklin County residents can likely expect to see happening in their towns in 2024. Details about projects in the western part of the county were shared in two installments. This...


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...


Franklin County bars, restaurants get creative with winter cocktail menus
12-22-2023 12:57 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With winter just beginning, bars and eateries across Franklin County are inviting people in for specialty drinks inspired by the cold season. Each venue, with changing menus, has a different take on what winter cocktails mean. But all are showing up...


46 acres protected from development in Ashfield
12-21-2023 11:48 AM

ASHFIELD — A new conservation restriction held by the Franklin Land Trust will protect 46 acres of land owned by Ashfield resident Peter Corens from future development and subdivision.According to the Franklin Land Trust, the property, located along...


39th annual storytelling event focuses on ‘finding light and happiness’
12-12-2023 2:14 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — For 39 years, a band of local storytellers has been presenting a Solstice Storytelling and Songfest Celebration to spread joy as the weather gets cold.This year, the celebration will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m., with doors...


Core group of all-season swimmers plies waters of Ashfield Lake
12-08-2023 4:11 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Many disrobe when they go swimming, but these all-season swimmers put on far more than just their bathing suits, donning wetsuits, multiple pairs of socks, gloves and hats for their dip in the Ashfield Lake.A group of swimmers meet daily, as long as...


Couple looks to buy Ashfield property, continue its use as glassblowing studio
12-07-2023 4:39 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — The property at 634 Bellus Road, home to a small glassblowing studio since 1996, is expected to stay the course under new ownership. In a joint meeting between the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 29, Michael Schunke and...


West County Notebook: Dec. 8, 2023
12-07-2023 4:29 PM

Church holding Bob Manners benefit dinner SHELBURNE — The First Congregational Church is holding a benefit dinner for Bob Manners, Selectboard chair and former EMT, to raise money for costs associated with his cancer treatment.The benefit dinner —...


Land ownership, Highway Dept. funding proposals OK’d by Ashfield voters
12-06-2023 2:51 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — Voters approved the town taking ownership of the deteriorating retaining wall at the old Sanderson Field and replenishing the Highway Department budget with $130,000 at Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting. The 56 voters in attendance at Town...


State alliance recognizes Charlemont, Ashfield recipients for work in forestry
12-01-2023 6:21 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance, a Marlborough-based organization that advocates for a strong, sustainable local forest economy, has honored two Franklin County land stewards for their notable work in the industry. With nearly 80% of the county...


Votes on land ownership, financial transfers planned in Ashfield
12-01-2023 2:27 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — Replenishing the Highway Department budget, taking land from Sanderson Academy to fix a retaining wall and authorizing the Selectboard to sell a parcel of town-owned land are among the eight warrant articles coming before Special Town...


No ‘greater act of charity’: Greenfield business owner appealing to community for kidney
11-29-2023 2:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The holidays are around the corner and apparel, gift cards and electronics are expected to top the list of presents exchanged during the season of giving. But local business owner Jeremy Goldsher hopes for something a little more...


Franklin Land Trust acquires Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield 
11-27-2023 9:02 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — The Franklin Land Trust has closed on its purchase of the Edge Hill Golf Course, adding approximately 160 acres of conservation land under its stewardship in the area.“We are thrilled to share this news with our supporters and friends, who...

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