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Franklin County Technical School told that time remains to find their passion
06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

MONTAGUE – The largest Franklin County Technical School graduating class in two decades was urged to take the skills and lessons learned and apply them to all facets of life Wednesday evening.Superintendent Richard Martin implored the 143 seniors to...

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Franklin County resident-inspired bills ‘on track to pass,’ Comerford says
06-03-2024 3:12 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Two bills inspired by the stories and concerns of Franklin County residents are working their way through the Legislature and are “on track to pass,” according to Sen. Jo Comerford, who worked with her constituents to get the pieces of legislation...


Bike Month event in Greenfield looks at favorite cycling spots in Franklin County
05-14-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD – In celebration of Bay State Bike Month and in anticipation of a new Franklin County Regional Bike Plan, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) welcomed cyclists to the John W. Olver Transit Center for breakfast Tuesday...


Regional farming alliance strengthens educational, networking opportunities for apprentices
04-19-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In 1994, a new movement began to grow out of the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires and Hudson Valley, as a group of organic farmers banded together to form a cooperative educational program for farm apprentices.That year marked the birth of the Collaborative...


‘One of the great gifts of nature’: Expert shares science, viewing methods behind April 8 solar eclipse
04-05-2024 4:36 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

During the afternoon of Monday, April 8, folks around the Pioneer Valley and throughout the U.S. will be treated to one of the solar system’s most extraordinary events.At approximately 3:28 p.m., the moon will overtake the sun and our celestial...


Where to view (and prep for) Monday’s solar eclipse in the Pioneer Valley
04-05-2024 4:36 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Editor’s note: The following is a collection of Pioneer Valley events where the public can observe and celebrate the April 8 solar eclipse. Know of an event that isn’t listed? Feel free to send details to news@recorder.com. Monday’s solar eclipse will...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
04-01-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants Thursday night collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final...


Karuna Center adds peacebuilding experts to team
03-25-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With two new members on its board of directors, the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding is looking to continue its international work, while also expanding on its mission right here in the valley.In recent weeks, the international and domestic...


Streak of hardships plague valley farmers
03-17-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Farming is already a tough field to make one’s living. Throw in three consecutive years of extreme weather and personal burnout and you’ve got a recipe for what is shaping up to another difficult year for valley farmers, as they prepare their fields...


Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-08-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...


At state budget hearing, school officials say rural districts face unique challenges
03-03-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD – At the Joint Committee on Ways and Means’ fiscal year 2025 state budget hearing, held Friday at Greenfield Community College, the focus was on statewide education and local aid.At the regional level, though, legislators, school officials...


LifePath gets $125K grant to facilitate benefits enrollment
02-14-2024 3:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, LifePath is looking to help folks in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as the North Quabbin region, get past the complex forms and eligibility requirements for numerous...


Zoom session to garner public input on opioid settlement uses
01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As money from the nationwide opioid settlement continues to be disbursed to Franklin County towns, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), in partnership with local boards of health, is inviting residents to share their input on how this...


Franklin County exploring changes to town accountant positions
01-19-2024 4:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Seven towns around Franklin County are re-examining their town accountant positions due to a change in policies with the current software system contracted through the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG).For nearly 20 years, FRCOG has...


Massachusetts sees record-setting temperatures, precipitation in 2023
01-15-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

A trend of warm years further cemented itself in 2023, as Massachusetts experienced, on average, its warmest year on record, according to new data from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.The average temperature around Massachusetts for the year...


Yankee Candle’s South Deerfield distribution facility to close by end of 2024
01-10-2024 5:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, the parent company of Yankee Candle, is planning to close its distribution facility in South Deerfield by the end of 2024.In a statement, a spokesperson for Newell Brands said the company is focusing on consolidating...


Princeton man, 76, dies in Tully Road crash in Orange
12-08-2023 11:43 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

ORANGE — A 76-year-old Princeton man died Thursday morning after the truck he was driving veered off Tully Road and crashed into a tree, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.The crash, which occurred near the intersection with...


Blais, Comerford launch bills to establish disaster relief fund
11-15-2023 3:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With towns across Massachusetts suffering millions of dollars worth of damages due to torrential rainstorms throughout the summer, local legislators Rep. Natalie Blais and Sen. Jo Comerford have introduced legislation that could take some of the...


CISA seeks $500K to bolster farm fund
10-29-2023 4:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With farmers facing two of the most challenging summers in recent memory, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is launching a fundraising campaign that will expand access to local produce and prepare farmers for a...


Vermont Yankee nuclear plant teardown ahead of schedule
10-12-2023 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

VERNON, Vt. — With the reactor building serving as one of the final structures standing, the decommissioning of the former Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been progressing steadily with a potential finish date four years ahead of its 2030...


Blais, Comerford pitch new building authority to aid towns 
09-24-2023 4:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In Conway, fire engines need to be retrofitted and parked bumper to bumper to fit into the garage. Ashfield’s police chief has a single office space in the basement and an emergency exit she can’t use. And in Royalston, the town cannot move to bigger...

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