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Vicki Citron in her Shelburne home. Citron, who teaches violin, wants to bring the El Sistema program to Frankiln County. Recorder/Paul Franz

Sounds like community: $45K state grant enables music program for underprivileged kids

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A new, free program to introduce music-making to Greenfield students has gotten a boost with a three-year, $45,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Shelburne violin teacher Vicki Citron plans to launch Musica Franklin, based loosely on the 40-year-old El Sistema model of teaching music to underprivileged children, to up to 25 middle-school-age students the week of Sept. 21 at … 0

Locals react to “Deflategate” ruling

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — After New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was overturned by a federal judge Thursday morning, football fans in Greenfield were elated … 0

Financial push gases up final planning for proposed Greenfield biodiesel plant

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it’s locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost … 0

Report to FERC details Deerfield’s archaeological value

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The commissioner of the Deerfield Historical Commission and the director of Historic Deerfield have submitted a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raising concerns about how the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline could affect archaeological sites along its route. The report, authored by … 1

Canal walks continue as Discovery Center adjusts to federal cutbacks

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Great Falls Discovery Center guide Janel Nockleby dwelled on resilience in a walking tour along the Connecticut River and the Power Canal, the first of which has overcome serious pollution and the second lined with … 0

Back from battling western wildfires

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and … 0

New fire chief, but a familiar face

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ORANGE — Born and raised in Orange, James Young Jr., the town’s new fire chief, has many goals in store for the squad as he transitions into his new position. First, he intends to fill two vacant entry-level … 0

Whately will ask voters for money to fix historic window

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines, according to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski: one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into … 0

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Friday, August 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — A town councilor is leading the crusade to fix Greenfield’s traffic lights before someone gets hurt. “People sit through two or three cycles at some of the town’s intersections, and they get very impatient,” said Precinct … 4

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has … 0

10 years later, reflections on Hurricane Katrina and it aftermath

Friday, August 28, 2015

“It was a sunny day. I had no cares. Everything was right with the world.” Walking down her New Orleans street with her 2-year-old daughter and six months pregnant, Tracy Keller recalls, “We enjoyed life. Everything was great. … 0

State court tosses local law restricting where sex offenders allowed to live

Friday, August 28, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s high court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that puts an end to a call earlier this year in Greenfield to enact similar restrictions. … 1