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Parents voice concerns about Frontier early release proposal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Parents in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district would like to see the details of a plan to release students early on Fridays and the use of that time for professional development hashed out a little more before any decision is made to implement it. The district’s administrators argued at a public forum Tuesday night that early release on Fridays would provide the teachers with much-needed … 0

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 … 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

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

Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — “You don’t need a fancy office. That’s what’s great about being an author. You just need a paper and pencil,” said Natasha Lowe, a popular children’s book author, to a roomful of Newton School students. Lowe, … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged … 0

UMass notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graphene 10 times stronger than steel AMHERST — Jae-Hwang Lee, a mechanical and industrial engineer at the University of Massachusetts, is the lead author of a scientific paper that demonstrates experimentally that graphene is 10 times more effective than steel when used in bulletproof vests. The paper is … 0

Prom dress drive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time of year again: high school prom season. And that means students will have to shell out hundreds of dollars again for a ball gown or black tux they may only wear once. … 0

Cramming for the big exam

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is not the same school the state saw last summer and placed on probation, school officials say. Since being placed on probation, the virtual school has hired new staff, implemented new programs and improved student learning to meet and exceed state … 0

Arts initiative aimed at UMass students, regional artists

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service has launched an Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at helping UMass students, as well as artists throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, gain the skills and support needed to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. The initiative was formulated by AES … 0

For some Greenfield students, longer days needed to fulfill extended learning grant requirements

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students at the Greenfield Middle School and Math and Science Academy are facing longer school days this year as part of state requirements for the Expanded Learning Time programs. To come into compliance with a state grant, the Greenfield School Committee voted to have the superintendent … 0

Safety very much part of his, GCC mission

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — As the new police chief at Greenfield Community College, Luis Santamaria plans to lead by example and help the school achieve its mission in providing students with a quality education in his role of overseeing campus … 0