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Deaf Outdoor Leadership Program student Lauren Sprague rappels down to fellow student Peter Botsford who is playing the stuck climber in need of rescuing.  Recorder/Paul Franz

GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program certifies deaf students

Monday, April 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her harness and the two descended to the ground together. A perfect rescue. Sprague is a student in GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program, learning the skills to complete certification in rock climbing, white water canoeing, challenge course and sea kayacking so she can start her own school program for kids. She is also deaf. The one-year leadership program is Sprague’s first experience learning with hearing students, a challenge she … 0

Greenfield plans to bring farm curriculum to school

Sunday, April 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield students may soon be snacking on local vegetables sold at healthy snack markets in local schools while also learning about agriculture and ecology in the classroom. The Greenfield School Department is applying for a one-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to work out how to develop a farm-to-school program for … 0

GCC assembling first class for Elms College B.A. degree

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Following its announcement of a new full-time bachelorette program for graduating GCC business students, Greenfield Community College and Elms College have begun recruiting students this week for the fall program. The program is unique to GCC business marketing and management students. It would have them begin classes full-time in the fall on the Greenfield campus with Elms professors to earn a … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

GCC to create outdoor learning lab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students studying farm and food systems, sustainability and renewable energy at Greenfield Community College may soon have a new outdoor laboratory to expand their learning. The Greenfield Conservation Commission is holding a public hearing on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. in the Greenfield Planning Department at 114 … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1

$60,000 gift boosts GCC Foundation campaign

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fund drive got closer to its $800,000 goal this week when Greenfield resident Howard Ahlskog donated $60,000 in memory of his wife, a local hospital nurse for 27 years. Ahlskog wants the Foundation to establish a new nursing scholarship in … 0

Pioneer picks Miller as new superintendent

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has picked a new superintendent. The School Committee will soon begin to work out a contract with Ruth Miller, the current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District. Miller has 21 years in education. She’s been superintendent of Narragansett for … 0

Film fest Friday

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — For the fifth year, Greenfield students will showcase 33 of their best short films on Friday at Greenfield Middle School. Public school students have created films as individuals and as part of classes. Some feature live actors, while others are animated. The animations include Claymation, stop-frame … 0

Frontier early release weighed tonight

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school committees will decide tonight whether students will be released early on Fridays next year under a new plan to provide teachers with more time for professional development. The joint meeting will start at 7 in the Frontier Regional School … 0

Dexter Park School new principal named

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ORANGE — Christopher Dodge, the principal of Petersham Center School, has been named the new principal of Dexter Park School. Superintendent Tari N. Thomas welcomed him to the position this week. “Principal (Jennifer) Haggerty’s marvelous shoes will be hard to fill, but Mr. Dodge is eager and passionate … 0

Mohawk school board meeting postponed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ASHFIELD — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Sanderson Academy was postponed to April 15, in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. The April 15 meeting will be held at Sanderson, beginning at 7 p.m. … 0

McGovern doles out $1.7M to UMass food programs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman Jim McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed … 0