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UMass prof.’s study reveals striped marlins’ preferred habitat, may help to avoid overfishing

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — In the largest study to track striped marlin in the Pacific Ocean, marine ecologists report the preferred habitat of this valuable commercial and recreational fish by using direct observations collected by satellite tags. Details appear this month in an early online edition of Fisheries Research. Using the largest tagging data set to date, lead author Chi Hin “Tim” Lam of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Large Pelagics Research … 0

Two candidates for three seats on G-M school board

Monday, March 30, 2015

Candidates are in for the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee, with one incumbent, one new name, no races and no one stepping forward for the available Gill resident seat. At the 4 p.m. deadline for the return of nomination papers Monday, superintendent’s executive assistant Robin Hamlett had received forms from Montague incumbent Lesley Cogswell of 21 Norman Circle and Christina Postera of 16 Dunton … 0

Buckland raises money worries about Rowe-Mohawk union

Monday, March 30, 2015

BUCKLAND — If Rowe becomes the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, will that addition reduce Mohawk’s state aid for education and state transportation a few years down the road? Last week, Buckland’s Board of Selectmen raised those questions in a letter sent to the Mohawk Trail Regional School … 0

Deerfield Elementary staff cuts stir ire

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The town’s School Committee has approved a $4.3 million budget for next year, representing an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, but nobody appears particularly happy with the way that it was achieved. If approved at town meeting, the budget would cut the positions of … 0

Assessments a mixed bag for Gill-Montague school districts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gill and Montague now have working numbers for their shares of the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget. Montague’s assessment came as a pleasant surprise; Gill’s, less so. Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the district passed on an assessment less than $1,000 over what Montague considered an affordable … 0

Parents, teachers discuss 4th-grade’s future

Sunday, March 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — Are fourth-graders developmentally ready to be at the Greenfield Middle School? Does it matter as long as they have good teachers? Dozens of parents and teachers filled the high school’s lecture room to discuss these questions last week. It was the third of four public hearings … 0

Schools average 5 snow days to date

Friday, March 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though Franklin County students can expect to stay in school until the third week of June this year due to the snow days, the longer school year isn’t unusual. Area schools have averaged five to six snow days this year, but superintendents say it falls in … 0

Gill Elementary frees up recess

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILL — Control of the playground is to loosen somewhat at Gill Elementary School. Several parents last September protested a new recess rule at the school requiring students to pick a play station and stick to it. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee discussed the policy in February and … 0

Greenfield High searches for new music director

Thursday, March 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School is once again looking for a new music director to replace David DeBoer, who has left mid-year after less than two years on the job. Superintendent Jordana Harper declined to comment on … 0

Mohawk gets musical with ‘Seussical’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mix “Horton Hears a Who” with “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and what have you got? “Seussical the Musical.” This weekend, that’s the ticket at the Mohawk Trail Regional High … 0

Principals discuss potential 4th-grade move

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Teachers and parents of 153 third-graders in Greenfield’s three elementary schools are waiting to learn what school their young students will attend next year as school officials explore whether the fourth-grade should move back to the … 0

Greenfield High to celebrate, taste world culture

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Monday, a quartet from Moldova will bow violins, a drummer from Mali will beat the drums and dancers from South Asia will take the floor at Greenfield Community College as part of the 19th annual Greenfield High School Taste of World Culture. The event will … 0

A vision for their future

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, students from across Franklin County will showcase the solutions they developed to help combat climate change and pollution as part of the fourth annual Science and Sustainability Expo at Greenfield Community College. The event, hosted by Greening Greenfield, a local nonprofit, is meant to … 0