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‘A vacation just 10 minutes away’: Buckland Recreation Area pool opens for season
05-28-2024 11:31 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

BUCKLAND — Cynthia Schwartz was only 4 years old when the first Buckland Recreation Area swimming pool opened in 1963, but she remembers a town parade and the hoopla surrounding Buster Crabbe, an Olympic gold-medal swimmer and “Flash Gordon” film star...

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


500-plus cyclists expected for annual Bikes Fight Cancer fundraiser
06-12-2024 11:07 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you see groups of bikers on the road anywhere between Deerfield and Northfield on Saturday morning, they are likely one of hundreds of people riding in the fifth annual Bikes Fight Cancer fundraiser.Kicking off at Tree House...


After delay, Green River Swimming and Recreation Area sees first open weekend of season
06-10-2024 7:02 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Green River Swimming and Recreation Area opened its swimming area this weekend, after the original opening date of June 1 was delayed due to a water quality test that showed elevated levels of E. coli.As required by the state...


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


CISA’s first Pedal to Pasture event offers ‘a unique way to learn about farms’
05-30-2024 11:45 AM

By SAM FERLAND

HATFIELD — Bicyclists will be able to savor the local scenery while learning about the struggles farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are facing as they pedal a flat 12-mile loop on a guided tour of three different farms.This is the first year that...


PHOTO: Riding in style
05-29-2024 4:42 PM


Second annual event in Turners Falls pairs pickleball with donations for food programs
05-21-2024 12:22 PM

By SAM FERLAND

TURNERS FALLS — Six tennis courts will be filled with pickleball games on Saturday for the second annual Pickleball Food Drive Festival, an event that rallies people together to collect non-perishable food donations and raise money for the Food Bank...


Coast Guard partnering with local organizations for watercraft inspections for Safe Boating Week
05-20-2024 6:16 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As people load up their kayaks, canoes and boats ahead of Memorial Day weekend, local recreation company Adventure East and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are advising folks to keep safety in mind during National Safe Boating Week.In...


DCR highlights $1.5M in Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground upgrades
05-17-2024 4:36 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — Following $1.5 million in investments to the Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground, the Department of Conservation and Recreation kicked off the 2024 camping season on Friday and welcomed folks back to the campground that had been closed...


‘As the woods wake up, it’s my favorite time’: Turkey hunters relish spring season
05-17-2024 12:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Boston Red Sox season will still be warming up by the end of this month, with about 110 games remaining before the playoffs. But outdoor sportsmen across Massachusetts will have already hung up their gear until around the time the World Series...


Bike Month event in Greenfield looks at favorite cycling spots, room for improvement
05-14-2024 4:15 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 on Tuesday.With...


Greenfield Recreation Department Notebook: April 30, 2024
04-29-2024 12:28 PM

Summer camp registration now open The Recreation Department’s summer camps offer playground time, swimming time, games, and arts and crafts activities daily. Field trips and special guests are planned to coincide with each themed week. Daily lunches...


Quabbin Reservoir opens for fishing season on Saturday
04-18-2024 4:04 PM

By MIKE ROCHE

It’s finally that time of year again — the Quabbin Reservoir will open for fishing on Saturday, April 20, at 6 a.m.The reservoir serves as the principal drinking water supply for 3 million of Massachusetts’ roughly 7 million residents. Since 1946,...


PHOTO: Pickleball pals at play
03-29-2024 4:53 PM


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-27-2024 5:23 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...


PHOTO: Peaceful park
03-20-2024 4:25 PM


PHOTO: Pair of paddlers
03-19-2024 2:49 PM


PHOTO: Pups and pinecones
03-17-2024 8:24 AM


Public comment sought for Franklin County Bike Plan update
03-05-2024 3:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is asking the public to complete an online survey with an interactive mapping component to provide information for a new Franklin County Bike Plan.By updating the bike plan for the...


PHOTO: Clear day on the ice
02-29-2024 2:47 PM

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