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My Turn: We’re directly in path of green energy ‘steamroller’
07-16-2024 5:42 PM

By GLORIA KEGELES

 As the Healey administration and state Legislature are going full speed ahead for carbon-free “green energy,” the details for how to get this done are emerging. And Boston is on a collision course with our towns in western Massachusetts and...

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North Quabbin Notebook: July 10, 2024
07-09-2024 1:56 PM

West African, Caribbean drumming workshop coming to library WENDELL — A Gaia Roots interactive performance and drumming workshop will be held at the Wendell Free Library, 7 Wendell Depot Road, on Wednesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.This...


Art meets activism at Wendell’s Full Moon Coffeehouse
07-07-2024 1:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

The Full Moon Coffeehouse, located in Wendell Town Hall, has been a staple in Wendell and the surrounding North Quabbin towns for 38 years.“The coffeehouse is about supporting the arts, activism, creativity and helping those in need,” said Paul...


Court Dorsey: Wake up from the nightmare ‘more, more, more’
06-30-2024 10:30 AM

This is in appreciation for Raymond DiDonato's excellent column “Eastern Mass. is coming for our forests, fields and farmlands” [Recorder, June 26]. Thank you, Raymond, for emerging as an important voice calling for a sane solar siting plan that...


Historical events abound this summer in North Quabbin region
06-30-2024 8:25 AM

By CARLA CHARTER

Historical events abound this summer in the North Quabbin area. From learning about local mysteries, to Quabbin hikes, to a relaxing day on the porch, historical societies are offering something for everyone this summer.Orange Historical Society The...


North Quabbin Notebook: June 29, 2024
06-28-2024 4:22 PM

Wendell voters approve article following continuation WENDELL — Voters approved an additional Annual Town Meeting warrant article on Wednesday, 2½ weeks after tabling the issue and continuing the meeting.Residents who showed up to Wendell Town Hall...


My Turn: Eastern Mass. is coming for our forests, fields and farmlands
06-26-2024 5:43 PM

By RAYMOND DIDONATO

 Dana. Enfield. Greenwich. Prescott. To the casual observer visiting the trails of the Quabbin Reservoir from eastern Massachusetts during leaf peeping season, these names represent quaint roads for walking in the woods. But to most people living in...


North Quabbin Notebook: June 22, 2024
06-21-2024 3:28 PM

Wendell to kick off summer reading with Ed the Wizard WENDELL — The town will kick off summer reading on June 22, with Ed the Wizard’s family-friendly interactive magic show that centers around the efforts of recycling. The event starts at 2 p.m. at...


North Quabbin Notebook: June 14, 2024
06-13-2024 6:39 PM

1794 Meetinghouse presents Richard Chase concertNEW SALEM — The 1794 Meetinghouse at 26 South Main St. will present “Stone Man” Richard Chase, accompanied by Seth Hoffsommer on drums and Bryan Barstow on bass, on Saturday, June 15, and award-winning...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-11-2024 6:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


Wendell man killed in SUV, motorcycle crash
06-11-2024 5:28 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

WENDELL — Evan Stoos, a 34-year-old man from Wendell, was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon.According to Leverett Police Chief Scott Minckler, the Harley-Davidson motorcyclist, later identified as Stoos, and the driver of a Chevrolet...


Crash between SUV, motorcycle leads to serious injuries in Wendell
06-10-2024 7:39 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

WENDELL — A man was hospitalized with serious injuries after a collision between a Chevrolet Equinox and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle near the intersection of Wendell Depot Road and Farley Road on Monday afternoon.The Leverett Police Department, the...


Wendell voters OK change to Municipal Light Board membership
06-10-2024 2:36 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WENDELL — Although the vote wasn’t unanimous Saturday, the majority of Annual Town Meeting attendees supported a switch from appointed to elected membership for Wendell’s Municipal Light Board, which is tasked with overseeing the town’s fiber-optic...


Annual Wendell Misfit Prom provides chance to wear ‘anything you want’
06-06-2024 3:01 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

WENDELL — With prom being “pretty much the only time in your life when you’re allowed to wear a ball gown,” in the words of local artist Donna Horn, it can feel like there’s a lack of opportunities to dress to the nines.That’s where Horn’s Wendell...


Wendell voters to consider change in Municipal Light Board membership
06-06-2024 1:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The body tasked with overseeing Wendell’s fiber-optic network would switch from appointed to elected membership if voters adopt a particular warrant article at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.One of the final items on the 31-article warrant...


Hero in aisle five: Wendell author’s new book, ‘Food Margins,’ delves into the anthropology of groceries
06-04-2024 1:40 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

This article was originally slated as a book review. The book I was going to review, “Food Margins” by Cathy Stanton of Wendell, cried out to be moved to the Food & Farms page, however. Instead of reviewing the book, then, I interviewed the author and...


Diane Kurinsky: Not disrespect but discussion
05-30-2024 4:03 PM

John Pepi’s recent column “Not Quabbin-ize, but eyes on the prize,” [Recorder, May 29], starts out by presenting a reasonable counter argument to those of us in small towns who object to House Bill 4501’s removal of a local voice in “alternative”...


Sounds Local: Uncovering local music lore: Wendell Historical Society offers month-long ‘Valley Rockers’ history course this summer
05-29-2024 2:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

When it comes to our local music scene, the Pioneer Valley has a deep and rich history that covers just about every musical genre imaginable. If you are interested in diving into the area’s musical past and perhaps have a favorite artist you’d love to...


Hear ye, hear ye: Kathy-Ann Becker, Wendell’s town crier, is one of four in the state
05-24-2024 3:52 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — If you go to Wendell Old Home Day on Sept. 21, understand that that’s not a Salvation Army volunteer you see and hear ringing a bell on the town common. That’s Kathy-Ann Becker — and she’s actually the town crier.Once the trusted messengers...


Cathy Stanton: Failed overrides, not fraud, culprit for Orange’s budget woes
05-24-2024 2:59 PM

It’s a shame to see the misinformation surrounding Orange’s current budget woes. The fraud experienced by the town certainly hasn’t helped its fiscal situation, but isn’t the sole cause as a Recorder article stated [“$338K fraud drains town coffers,”...


My Turn: Power play an existential threat to the region
05-19-2024 1:53 PM

By RAY DIDONATO

In the forests and dales of western Massachusetts, an existential threat to the natural resources of the region has quietly built itself up in the guise of statewide clean energy policy. First large-scale solar, and now battery energy storage...

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