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Melody Chen of Jingzhou, China, taught Chinese language classes at Mohawk Trail Regional School.
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Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is cutting its Chinese Program due to low student interest and budget pressure,” said School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, an initial supporter of the program. This fall, only one Chinese student was enrolled in Mohawk’s second year of Chinese high school students at Mohawk. In 2008, Buoniconti began exploring the possibility of bringing international, tuition-paying students to Mohawk, expanding both the school’s revenues and its students’ exposure to people … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Mohawk versus charters: District to rally against tuition hikes

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUCKLAND — Facing a 15 percent increase in mandated payments for charter school tuition, Mohawk Trail Regional School District officials say the state funding formula for charter schools is undermining rural school systems like Mohawk. With full support from the School Committee, board member Martha Thurber has sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Heath to explore school changes, including closure, separation from Mohawk

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BUCKLAND — While the Mohawk Trail Regional School District faces rising costs and declining enrollment, one of its smallest member towns is reassessing how best to educate its children and be cost-effective — even if that means taking its elementary school out of the Mohawk District. Town officials … 0

Several local fire departments receive public fire education grants

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen local fire departments have been awarded public fire education grants by the Baker Administration, including money to work with both classroom teachers and older adults to deliver fire and life safety lessons. The administration announced Wednesday that 228 Massachusetts departments had been awarded Student Awareness … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Letter: Raise price on fossil fuel

Sunday, January 10, 2016

In her recent My Turn essay “On the Paris agreement” Pat Hynes concludes than “ruthless profit-driven economics currently trump a habitable world”. This should not surprise or infuriate us. As long as the price of fossil fuels does not reflect the cost of their damage to the environment … 2

West County towns want more details about MBI ‘regional’ broadband plan

Friday, January 8, 2016

Towns without broadband want to go forward with their fiber optic design and engineering plans, but some are in limbo, now that the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) won’t give “last-mile” state grant money for the WiredWest’s regional broadband … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Theater: Laurel Turk's play 'Breastless' takes on life after cancer

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

“Tits — from abs! Buy yourself a fancy pair. We can use your derriere. …” “... We can build new nipples for you. So your spouse will still adore you.” These lines are sung by a “chorus line” … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0

West County towns look ahead to 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Broadband, an affordable school budget and business growth are on the list of what West County towns want most in 2016. And several towns, scarred by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, are still working on repairs for roads, bridges and town buildings in 2016. Ashfield, Colrain, Charlemont, Hawley, … 0