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Sanderson Academy emergency manager Doug Fields shows off the art room sink and drain that clogged early Wednesday morning, leading school officials to evacuate students to Buckland-Shelburne Elementary for the day as a precaution.  
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Drain fumes prompt evacuation of Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 schoolchildren at the Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes and “rotten-egg” odor coming from the drain. “We’d had an … 0

Letter: Kulik deserves your vote

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rep. Stephen Kulik is a staunch supporter for GMO labeling seeking our fundamental civic right of food transparency. He deserves your vote and re-election to continue his conscientious work to secure Massachusetts GMO labeling among many other worthy issues. There is long-standing truth in the phrase “We are what we eat.” For 92 percent of Americans among the most compelling of issues is … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have their usual rag shag parades again this year. Greenfield will begin its festivities at 4 … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Attendees eat up the fest

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ASHFIELD — From Vy Nguyen’s plastic tub of Vietnamese egg rolls at the western end of the Main Street festival to the St. John’s Church’s blueberry cobbler tent to the east, the Ashfield Fall Festival has a lot … 0

Study shows benefits if Rowe joins Mohawk school district

Friday, October 10, 2014

BUCKLAND — If Rowe joins the Mohawk Trail Regional School District as a Grade 7-12 member town, assessments for Mohawk’s eight towns would collectively drop by about $94,500, according to assessment projections reported this week by Mohawk Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. But for Rowe, the picture is more complicated: … 0

Mohawk supt. finalist for job in another district, again

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk and Hawlemont school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is one of two finalists vying for a superintendent’s position for the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, near his home in Ludlow. “Meet and greet” events for both Buoniconti and the other finalist, Nadine “Tracy” Crowe, were held earlier … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Letter: All about water

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Water is in danger all over the U.S. Drought conditions are intensifying and reservoirs are drying up in the west. In Texas, whole communities are without water. Only 2.5 percent of the world’s water is drinkable. Obscenely wealthy investment interests are gaining private control of water as a … 1

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0