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Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout Franklin County head back to school, starting … 0

STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts … 0

JM Farms sues state for nixing license

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting … 0

Mohawk won’t use state bus aid to cut this year’s assessments

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Chairman Robert Aeschback says the school board can’t reduce this year’s town assessments for the Mohawk school district, just because the state provided more aid than anticipated for busing this school … 0

The ball’s in Colrain’s drain

Monday, August 25, 2014

COLRAIN — In giving the town a $2.5 million grant, the state is supporting a future town center sewer system. Now, it’s the town’s turn. State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, told selectmen … 0

Rowe open house draws a crowd

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recorder staff ROWE — Big crowds turned out for the open house of the town’s new elementary school this weekend, which opened about two years after the 50-year-old school building was destroyed by fire. School Principal Bill Knittle said at least 200 people came out for the ribbon-cutting … 0

Businesses have ways to protect themselves against shoplifters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Although there’s no fool-proof defense against theft, there are several things retailers can do to prevent shoplifting. Though state law allows merchants to detain shoplifters until police arrive, Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh said it can be dangerous to do so. “I recommend that shopkeepers never try to … 0

What kind of punishment for shoplifters?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stealing has been against the law since before “thou shalt not steal” was etched onto the tablets that carried the Ten Commandments. While the Babylonian law text known as the Code of Hammurabi, circa 1772 BC, punished thieves through 30-fold payback, the severing of digits or even death, … 0

Greenfield teacher negotiations underway

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The school year will begin next week without a new contract for teachers, but no one seems worried. The teacher negotiations for their next three-year contract are underway, and both sides don’t anticipate any major issues even though the last contract expired June 30. The Greenfield … 0

Northfield Kiwanis clambake Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The local Kiwanis Club will celebrate the end of summer with an old-fashioned New England clambake Saturday. The festivities start at 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park on School Street, with piping hot lobsters, clams, and a slew of sides served at 3 p.m. Those who don’t … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

‘Corregatta’ hits the pond

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WARWICK — The horn sounded, and they were off. Packed into boats constructed from cardboard, duct tape and paint, a handful of Warwick residents dug oars and paddles into the calm water of Moore’s Pond as they vied … 0