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Mosaic mural by Ashfield artist lands on Keystone Market
07-17-2024 12:49 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

When Ashfield artist Robert Markey looked at the empty wall on the side of Keystone Market in Shelburne Falls, he saw a blank canvas.When the building’s owners agreed that the wall could be the location of Markey’s latest mosaic mural, he was excited...

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Funding OK’d for 911 infrastructure, tennis court rehab in Ashfield
07-16-2024 10:50 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ASHFIELD — Roughly 30 voters unanimously passed all three articles at Monday’s Special Town Meeting, paving the way for 911 infrastructure upgrades at the schools and a tennis court rehabilitation project.Article 1 requested a $20,000 transfer from...


West County Notebook: July 16, 2024
07-15-2024 3:35 PM

Ashfield Rod and Gun Club hosting archery shoot, pig roast PLAINFIELD — The Ashfield Rod and Gun Club, located at 161 North St. in Plainfield, will host a pop-up archery shoot and pig roast on Saturday, July 27.The archery shoot begins at 11 a.m. and...


Ashfield voters to consider 911 infrastructure, tennis court rehab spending requests
07-12-2024 3:40 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ASHFIELD — Voters are asked to convene at Town Hall on Monday at 7 p.m. to consider three Special Town Meeting warrant articles pertaining to 911 infrastructure at the schools and a tennis court rehabilitation project.Articles 2 and 3 ask for $6,812...


West County Notebook: July 9, 2024
07-08-2024 1:39 PM

Sanderson Academy seeks after-school enrichment leaders ASHFIELD — Sanderson Academy is looking for after-school enrichment leaders for the 2024-2025 school year.Visit tinyurl.com/SandersonEnrichment to fill out a survey to share what it is you are...


Ashfield Lake House reopening under new ownership, management
07-05-2024 6:42 PM

By JANE KAUFMAN

ASHFIELD — Friday fish fries, burgers and Steel Rail extra pale ale from Berkshire Brewing Co. will soon be on tap under the Ashfield Lake House’s new ownership and management.Ashfield resident Gretchen Gerstner, who owns Baked in Shelburne Falls,...


Ashfield man among network of volunteers 3D-printing equipment for Ukraine
07-01-2024 5:38 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ASHFIELD — It’s well-known that 3D printers can create objects like key chains and bottle openers. But how about military equipment to fend off a Russian invasion? Volunteers around the world are using the technology to manufacture everything from...


Blais speaks to bills on energy, environment in Ashfield
06-30-2024 8:31 AM

By SAM FERLAND

ASHFIELD — State Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Deerfield, informed 1st Franklin District constituents about recent and future legislation geared toward energy and protecting the environment on Friday.The town hall-style conversation, organized by Blais at...


West County Notebook: June 28, 2024
06-27-2024 3:13 PM

Blais holding conversation on energy, environment ASHFIELD — State Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Deerfield, welcomes constituents from her 1st Franklin District to a conversation on energy and the environment at Ashfield Town Hall on Friday, June 28, from 5...


West County Notebook: June 18, 2024
06-17-2024 1:57 PM

Heath glass artist displaying work in SandwichSANDWICH — Heath glass artist Robert Dane will have his work featured at the Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main St., as part of the “Heartbeats & Harmony” exhibit, with an opening reception planned for...


PHOTOS: Angling for a lucky day
06-13-2024 6:31 PM


Charles Davis: A Bonfire to Remember
06-12-2024 5:46 PM

A Bonfire to RememberLet me tell you about the 1976 Bicentennial.It was quite a bash,at the Zachariah Field Tavern,close by the Temperance League Fountain,and Baptist Corner Roadin Ashfield, Mass.To fuel our fun we acquired a log,squat, hollow, and...


West County Notebook: June 12, 2024
06-11-2024 3:28 PM

History Society program to detail murder of Civil War vet COLRAIN — “Murder on Catamount” will be the topic of a program following this month’s meeting of the Colrain Historical Society at the Stacy Barn, 8 Main Road, on Thursday, June 13.Prentice...


And Then What Happened?: The flight of the young’uns
06-09-2024 11:53 AM

By NAN PARATI

Did y’all miss me?There I was, back in February, writing my regular column, pointing out all the ill effects the month of February has on people, and suddenly, Jazz Fest kicked in. I was in New Orleans at the time, working my job as head of the art...


PHOTO: Paddling pair
06-04-2024 1:56 PM


Motorcyclist sustains non-life-threatening injuries in Ashfield crash
05-24-2024 5:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ASHFIELD — Highland Ambulance transported a motorcyclist to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton with non-life-threatening injuries on Friday afternoon after a crash near 1234 Conway Road, according to Ashfield Fire Chief Kyle Walker.State Police...


Faith Matters: Coming out can feel like a miracle
05-24-2024 11:22 AM

By THE REV. VICKI IX

I have added my coming out to the list of miracles in my life — the glimpses of the resurrection I have been granted in this life. I count this moment as a blessing and pray for those who have not yet been able to say the words out loud.More...


Le Petit Oiseau Bakery opens (camper) doors in Ashfield
05-23-2024 11:15 AM

By GRACE LEE

ASHFIELD — Sita Bird and her husband have always loved vintage trailers. So after 15 years of self-taught baking and running an at-home special order baking business, Bird decided to renovate a 1963 camper and fill it with her homemade goods.The...


Erik Hoffner: Solar panels not a good use of farmland
05-10-2024 4:25 PM

As an environmental journalist covering energy and agriculture issues for years now for news outlets ranging from Grist to The Guardian and Mongabay.com, I can assure Recorder readers that the assertion by the UMass engineering professor about siting...


Longtime moderator retains position in Ashfield election
05-06-2024 11:11 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — Longtime Moderator Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg handily defeated opponent Evan Barth by a vote of 164 to 31 during Saturday’s town election.The race for a one-term term as moderator was the only contest on the ballot. Voters also supported a...


‘We are among the leaders’: Ashfield Town Meeting voters pass bevy of clean energy proposals
05-05-2024 2:48 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — When Bill Ryan moved to town 25 years ago, an old-timer told him, “In Ashfield, we only have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.”“In my first year here, we had 120 inches of snow,” Ryan mused. “Not now.”On Saturday, Ryan was among...

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