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The Community Action preschool on Central Street in Turners Falls will reopen in September as an all-day day care program for infants and toddlers.
Recorder Chris Curtis

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will now house 16 infants and toddlers year-round for 10 hours a day, rather than the 34 older pre-kindergarten students in the half-day … 0

New app aims to make UMass move-in easier

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually, it will provide students with assistance in a number of aspects of campus life, … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request this year for the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and a Jones Whitsett Architects’ estimate of … 0

Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. … 0

Climate models disagree on strength of carbon land sink across Northern Eurasia

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — In a new assessment of nine state-of-the-art climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide … 0

UMass to take part in first institute on open textbooks

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — Using open textbooks can save students hundreds of dollars per semester. Making faculty aware that they are an option, though, remains a challenge, which is why UMass Amherst will be represented at the first meeting of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) from Wednesday to Friday, hosted … 0

GCC finds home for practical nursing program

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its LPN practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space … 0

Technical School to hold barbecue fundraiser

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Chicken, music and the opportunity to catch up with friends from the Franklin County Technical School’s 39-year history will raise money for current students heading out into the world. The Franklin County Technical School Alumni Association holds its seventh annual gathering Aug. 15 at the … 0

GCC gets $632,000 for scholarships

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The National Science Foundation has awarded Greenfield Community College $632,000 for five years of scholarships of up to $10,000 for students in four science disciplines. The NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, S-STEM, seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students … 0

Tuition retention part of UMass 2015-16 budget

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

UMass expands bathroom policy to protect transgender students

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender students’ rights to use bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff “should … 0

UMass chancellor praises tuition retention; Says budget move would help Amherst campus

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts tuition may be about to increase more than six-fold, and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says that is a good thing. The cost of attending UMass will not undergo a substantial change, but the way of accounting for it could. The … 0