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Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills … 0

MassDEP approves Whately’s Mill River stabilization plan

WHATELY — Whately has cleared a major obstacle in its quest to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate the town’s drinking water supply. During a meeting Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection presented town officials with an Authorization of Emergency … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

  • Benjamin Newman of New York City wipes away sweat as he attempts to taste samples of hot sauce at the Chili Fest at Mike's Maze in Sunderland on Sunday. Some participants are true chili heads looking for heat and some found the heat overwhelming.
photo courtesy of Geoff Bluh

    Benjamin Newman of New York City wipes away sweat as he attempts to taste samples of hot sauce at the Chili Fest at Mike's Maze in Sunderland on Sunday. Some participants are true chili heads looking for heat and some found the heat overwhelming. photo courtesy of Geoff Bluh

  • Malachi Putnam, 6, helps screw down beams for the new barn behind Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Saturday. Volunteers will finish off the barn and a new greenhouse over the next two Saturdays.Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Malachi Putnam, 6, helps screw down beams for the new barn behind Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Saturday. Volunteers will finish off the barn and a new greenhouse over the next two Saturdays.Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stephen Bechtel, a sixth grade teacher at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School, helps Eric Dean, an active volunteer within the community, screw down supports for the new barn behind the elementary school on Saturday. It, along with a new greenhouse, will be completed over the next two Saturdays. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Stephen Bechtel, a sixth grade teacher at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School, helps Eric Dean, an active volunteer within the community, screw down supports for the new barn behind the elementary school on Saturday. It, along with a new greenhouse, will be completed over the next two Saturdays. Recorder/Micky Bedell

  • John Kelly of Greenfield, takes in the sunset from Poet’s Seat, 7:31 p.m. on Thursday.
photo courtesy of Josianna Martini

    John Kelly of Greenfield, takes in the sunset from Poet’s Seat, 7:31 p.m. on Thursday. photo courtesy of Josianna Martini

  • This trotter works with its tongue hanging out as the driver takes it for loops around the Franklin County Fairgrounds track on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    This trotter works with its tongue hanging out as the driver takes it for loops around the Franklin County Fairgrounds track on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • The section of Federal St from Main to Lenards Sts was milled for repaving on Thursday morning.Recorder/Paul Franz

    The section of Federal St from Main to Lenards Sts was milled for repaving on Thursday morning.Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A man fishes in Barton Cove on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A man fishes in Barton Cove on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A draft horse team pulls at the 2014 Franklin County Fair.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A draft horse team pulls at the 2014 Franklin County Fair. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bees swarm on Main St in Greenfield on Friday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bees swarm on Main St in Greenfield on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bernie Johnson of the Greenfield DPW fills wtaering bags for new trees planted along Olive St in Greenfield following sidewalk reconstruction.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bernie Johnson of the Greenfield DPW fills wtaering bags for new trees planted along Olive St in Greenfield following sidewalk reconstruction. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Angyl Fyre's Megan Thompson performs on the front lawn of the Turners Falls Greenfield Savings Bank on Saturday as part of the bank's summer lecture series. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Angyl Fyre's Megan Thompson performs on the front lawn of the Turners Falls Greenfield Savings Bank on Saturday as part of the bank's summer lecture series. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Riley Staiger, 14, does a 360 in an alley off L Street in Turners Falls on Monday while his friend Jake Sisson, also 14, watches from the background. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Riley Staiger, 14, does a 360 in an alley off L Street in Turners Falls on Monday while his friend Jake Sisson, also 14, watches from the background. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »