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New music series launches next weekend: Hawks & Reed to present four free Off the Common events this summer
06-21-2024 10:24 AM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Summer in Franklin County is brimming with music, and Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield is set to make its mark with the unique Off the Common series, launching on Friday, June 28. This series features free live music and a vibrant mix...


‘On the Boards’ festival in Greenfield provides stage for work-in-progress plays
06-20-2024 12:27 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

The “On the Boards” festival of play readings is underway at The LAVA Center in Greenfield for the second year in a row, giving local playwrights a chance to get feedback on their work-in-progress plays.“The focus of the festival last year and this...


Organizers watching forecast ahead of Orange Solstice RiverFest
06-19-2024 3:18 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ORANGE — Despite the possibility of rain on Saturday, the ninth annual Orange Solstice RiverFest is still on the schedule.In the event of fair weather, the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. along the Millers River at Riverfront Park. Organizers intend...


Sounds Local: Bluegrass superstars come to West Whately: Plus, last minute reminders for Green River Fest this weekend
06-19-2024 1:17 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

In 2020, the Nashville-based bluegrass band Sister Sadie accomplished what no all-female bluegrass band had ever done: They won the International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year award. That honor is only one of the many bestowed on...


Orange to bill church $13.7K after complaint of unfair treatment
06-18-2024 4:31 PM

By SAM FERLAND

ORANGE — After receiving a letter in March advising them of a complaint alleging special treatment of Mission Covenant Church, Selectboard members, in collaboration with the assessors, have decided to bill the church $13,723.54 for taxes.Americans...


Where the food is smokin’ good: Crazy Horse Bar and Grill in Charlemont serves up pub food and more with flair
06-18-2024 3:32 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

David Comstock grew up in Charlemont and started his career as a chef in that town. He began as a dishwasher at the now defunct Charlemont Inn and took to restaurant life, eventually attending the New England Culinary Institute.Back in Charlemont...


From homesteading to homeschooling: The Davis family of Oak Hollow Livestock all lend a hand
06-17-2024 1:09 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Sara and Carl Davis moved in 2019 to their 25-acre farm on Gould Road in Shelburne. They are the parents of five children and the proprietors of Oak Hollow Livestock, which is more than just a business; it’s a thriving homestead where humans live...


Media topic of next two talks in Charlemont Forum series
06-17-2024 9:50 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

CHARLEMONT — The next two programs in the annual Charlemont Forum series are united by a common theme: the media.Ted Conover, an immersion journalist, will talk about his approach to journalistic projects on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Jackie Jesko,...


Speaking of Nature: Identifying an unusual critter: And an invitation to give it a name
06-17-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I first saw this curious little animal on June 1. It was a beautiful day outside, but the cottonwood tree that grows next to my deck was in full seed-dispersal mode and sitting outside was not really an option. Imagine a snowstorm, but the flakes of...


In new hands, Green River Festival returns with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-14-2024 6:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

GREENFIELD — The Green River Festival’s move in 2022 from its longtime home at Greenfield Community College to its current location at the Franklin County Fairgrounds was the most significant change it has gone through, and this year’s event, now just...


Enrollment formula change back before Heath voters
06-14-2024 2:43 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HEATH — Having been two voters short of a quorum when the articles came up at Annual Town Meeting in May, residents will reconvene Monday to vote on regional agreement revisions that would change the school enrollment formula that is used to calculate...


Artists contribute sidewalk murals for Juneteenth celebration in Greenfield
06-14-2024 2:34 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

Greenfield is putting an artistic twist on its Juneteenth celebrations this year with the unveiling of a downtown sidewalk mural project celebrating the city’s abolitionist history.There will be a guided tour through the 12 historic sites on...


Mutton and Mead organizers chart new course with ‘Roads to Revelry’
06-14-2024 1:08 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Though the Mutton and Mead Renaissance festival was held in Millers Falls for nine years, that all came to a close in 2019, when the organizers experienced logistical and financial problems that led to the event’s cancellation.After...


Earth Matters: A brief history of our soil: Why the Valley land produces such amazing crop
06-14-2024 11:14 AM

By TOM LITWIN

There is a stretch of road that runs north along the Connecticut River from the Whately/Hatfield line to the foot of Sugarloaf. It is no surprise its name is River Road. Leaving Northampton I often take “the river road,” the long way home. Over the...


Relay For Life of Franklin County looks to raise $100K for cancer research in 29th year
06-13-2024 4:14 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Twenty-three years ago, Janet Seredejko’s aunt Marilyn O’Brien started a team to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Franklin County. Though O’Brien has since died from cancer, her family has continued the team, called the Johnson...


Colrain student leads local branch of Student Painters
06-13-2024 11:39 AM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — After a representative from the Young Entrepreneurs Across America organization came to speak to Josiah Crosier’s college class, the Greenfield High School graduate was inspired to get involved with Student Painters and has since...


Sounds Local: Where there is celebration there is music: Saturday’s Franklin County Pride Fest will be full of great live music
06-12-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

This upcoming weekend is a big one for music fans with many choices to be had from the opening of the Mohawk Trail Concert series on Sunday afternoon to the a birthday party for Robin Lane at Flood Water Brewing in Shelburne Falls on Sunday at 7...


A simple sandwich that oozes comfort: The ‘asparadilla’ uses local produce in a classic Mexican dish
06-11-2024 2:31 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I have always had a fondness for what the late cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones called “nursery foods,” simple dishes that appeal to the child in all of us.One of my favorite such foods is grilled cheese. When my teeth sink into the crispy...


HopeFest in Leyden to raise money for CISA, food bank
06-11-2024 1:05 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

LEYDEN — After the pandemic lockdown left resident Martha Hopewell longing to hear live music back in 2022, she decided her home could make an ideal concert venue.“I thought … ‘Why not ask some friends to come up and play, and just open up my yard to...


Franklin County CDC celebrates 45 years in Greenfield
06-11-2024 11:15 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — The success of small businesses took the spotlight last week as part of a block party in honor of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation’s 45th anniversary.“We’ve worked with thousands of people over 45 years, so we’re just...

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