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New collaboration opens doors for economic security for women

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and area women’s and domestic violence resource advocacy groups are partnering to empower at-risk women in transition in Franklin County. The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN (Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks) Project is a new three-year partnership, funded through a $20,000 grant from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. Partner members include GCC’s Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy (SAGE) Education Center, Montague Catholic Social … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, who visited the school several times last year. “Every school has something that distinguishes it, … 0

Teacher from Sunderland wins national kudos

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, school was her “safe haven.” At home, recalls the ninth-grade English teacher at Northampton High School, her father was emotionally abusive and became violent when he lost his temper. “My father was frequently doing two things … 0

UMass again freezes fees, tuition for in-state undergraduates

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The University of Massachusetts has frozen 2014-2015 tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students, unanimously approving the first back-to-back freeze in recent UMass history. “Freezing tuition and fees in consecutive years represents a real savings for students and their families, and also makes a strong statement about … 0

Turners Falls High School looks into European vacation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School teachers are exploring the possibility of a European April vacation for interested students next year, or the year after. Special education teacher and ninth-grade team leader Nancy Weld brought the idea to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday. “I think … 0

GCC to speak at American Energy jobs hearing in Washington, D.C.

Monday, June 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — For a second time this year, Greenfield Community College’s program in renewable energy and energy efficiency is being recognized by national leaders in Washington, D.C. Today President Bob Pura and Associate Professor Teresa Jones are attending … 0

First event at new C.S. Lewis Study Center set for tonight at 7

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The first event of the C.S. Lewis Study Center in Northfield is set for tonight at 7 p.m. “Plato’s Euthyphro: A discussion” will be led by Dr. Scott B. Kay. Having created and taught in an … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham alumna’s work on Mars rover Curiosity is out of this world

Friday, June 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before working on the Mars Rover Curiosity that successfully touched down on the red planet in 2012, Carissa Tudryn Weber studied math and science at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and called Franklin County her home. Eighteen years later, … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

$20,000 grant allows update of Federal Street playground

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town will soon renovate another park with a $20,000 grant it recently received for being named a “Playful City USA” for the third year in a row. The designation, and the grant that comes with … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Butterflies emerge from Holocaust unit at PVRS

Monday, June 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — A new load of butterflies has emerged at the Magic Wings conservatory, but they came from a suitcase rather than cocoons. On their wings were messages of hope and scenes of tranquility, drawn by the hands … 0