Ron Grosslein, a research engineer  at Umass, works on a receiver  in the Radio Astronomy lab at Umass.

UMass astronomers join global look into galaxy’s center

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. How is this possible? Gopal Narayanan, an associate professor in the UMass astronomy department, said readings from multiple telescopes around the world … 0

Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is cutting its Chinese Program due to low student interest and budget pressure,” said School Superintendent … 0

Mohawk versus charters: District to rally against tuition hikes

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUCKLAND — Facing a 15 percent increase in mandated payments for charter school tuition, Mohawk Trail Regional School District officials say the state funding formula for charter schools is undermining rural school systems like Mohawk. With full support from the School Committee, board member Martha Thurber has sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter … 0

Helping kids hit high notes

Monday, February 1, 2016

About a year ago, when violin teacher Vicki Citron — then just a year since moving to Shelburne from Boston — stood before a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce audience and mentioned her dream of launching a music … 0

Rowe hears on costs to rejoin Mohawk

Monday, February 1, 2016

ROWE — Town boards and School Committee members met Monday morning with Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti and School Business Manager Michael Kociela to go over preliminary financial estimates on what it might cost for Rowe to join … 0

Staff requests top Greenfield school budget requests

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Additional faculty and staff again proved the priority for the rest of Greenfield’s schools, who made their annual budget requests before the Greenfield School Committee’s Budget and Finance Subcommittee this week. The presentations followed the elementary schools’ round of requests last week. At Greenfield Middle School, … 0

Mohawk towns struggle with school costs

Friday, January 29, 2016

BUCKLAND — Faced with rising school costs and the urging of town officials to hold the school budget to a 2½ percent increase, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee unanimously agreed to form a Strategic Planning Steering Committee to come up with a three- to five-year strategic plan … 0

Kindergarten open house at Bement School Tuesday

Friday, January 29, 2016

DEERFIELD — The Bement School will hold a kindergarten open house on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interested parents are invited to the private elementary school to observe the classroom, take a tour of the campus, and meet with administrators and current teachers. Prospective kindergartners participate … 0

Bar association offers local scholarships

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Franklin County Bar Association will be awarding two Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarships for $1000 each to high school students in Franklin County, and the association is seeking applicants. The scholarships will be announced during the Law Day celebrations planned for May 4,. To qualify, an applicant … 0

High school equivalency test getting tougher

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Chief High School Equivalency Examiner Tom Mechem visited the Literacy Project Monday afternoon to explain the implication of changes to the HiSET, the test required for a Massachusetts-issued high school equivalency certificate. The new test is more difficult. Complex … 0

Greenfield graduation returns to renovated high school

Friday, January 15, 2016

GREENFIELD — Students at Greenfield High School will graduate on their own turf once more, with the ceremony planned to be held for the first time inside the new High School on Barr Avenue this year. While the … 0

Heath to explore school changes, including closure, separation from Mohawk

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BUCKLAND — While the Mohawk Trail Regional School District faces rising costs and declining enrollment, one of its smallest member towns is reassessing how best to educate its children and be cost-effective — even if that means taking its elementary school out of the Mohawk District. Town officials … 0

Umass gets ‘StormReady’ designation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is now the first public university in the state to receive a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, according to a university statement. It joins private universities Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Tufts as well as 14 communities, one … 0