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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Senior Grace Powers of Northfield gives the Senior Class Address. Recorder/Paul Franz

Stoneleigh-Burnham School celebrates class of 2015’s diversity at graduation Friday

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight countries to receive her diploma in a packed Stoneleigh-Burnham gymnasium. She said her worldly-wise and history-obsessed class was the inspiration for her … 0

GCC/Elms partnership yields first class of bachelor’s candidates in social work

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Six of the graduates receiving bachelor of science in social work degrees at Elms College’s commencement this year weren’t typical Elms students. They were the first cohort of students to complete the Elms bachelor’s degree program at Greenfield Community College. The students entered the program in August 2013 with associate’s degrees and attended classes at Greenfield Community College on Saturdays for … 0

Greenfield offers Northfield resident assistant supt. job

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee Thursday night voted to offer the newly created job of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development to Jen McKusick of Northfield. McKusick is principal of Oak Grove Elementary School in Brattleboro, Vt. The committee met and interviewed three candidates in a special meeting Thursday night, … 0

State honors Greenfield Community College student from Rowe

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College student Guinevere Arthur Vanhorne is one of “29 Who Shine,” a group of outstanding Massachusetts public college and university graduates honored by the state Department of Higher Education. Every year, one graduate from … 0

Notable swan song: Alumni return for retiring Frontier band director’s final show

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that’s what Thursday night’s spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for long-time band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after … 0

Mass. energy officials at Hawlemont today

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLEMONT — John Lebeaux, state commissioner of agricultural resources, will be at the Hawlemont Regional School this morning, to speak at a tree-planting at the school. He will be accompanied by Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 … 0

Frontier board OKs level-funded budget

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee bowed to the fiscal will of its member towns Tuesday night. The committee voted to approve the administration’s $10.1 million budget for next year, which is the same as this … 0

Path to education

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sixty joyful first-graders graduated Wednesday from a “Walk to College” collaborative program between Federal Street School and Greenfield Community College. Each child received a Certificate of Completion, congratulating them for “developing new healthy learning habits.” There … 0

Orange aims to provide free meals to all students

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE — Public schools in Orange may be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students beginning next year. Jacki Dillenback, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Orange elementary schools, has applied to participate in a federal school meals program. … 0

Colrain backs Mohawk budget, ‘free’ preschool; Shelburne votes 'no' on its assessment

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Colrain voters said “yes” to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s budget on Tuesday night, including additional costs for “free” half-day preschool and the school’s capital spending requests. Shelburne annual town meeting voters, however, followed town officials’ advice and rejected their town’s $2 million operating budget assessment. Shelburne … 0

2 Orange educators get Pioneer Valley excellence awards

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nicole LaFleur, a school counselor at Fisher Hill School, and Margaret Lawless, a teacher of middle school mathematics at Mahar Regional School, have been awarded Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are given out by the … 0

GCC’s Pura provides Northampton seniors with reason to cheer

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura is the hero of the day for senior citizens who call the Northampton Senior Center their home away from home. Mayor David J. Narkewicz is pretty thrilled with him, too. Pura Thursday night told Narkewicz the college has put off … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0