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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

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk … 0

Ashfield Film Festival showcases area filmmakers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You might think fledgling filmmakers don’t stand a chance at going toe-to-toe with Hollywood pros. If so, you probably haven’t been to the Ashfield Film Fest, where fancy equipment and decades of movie-making experience don’t make you a … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The … 0

Mohawk alumnus new vice-principal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Jesse Porter-Henry, who graduated from the Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1999, has been hired as the school’s new assistant principal. Porter-Henry started his full-time position this week, working with another Mohawk graduate, Principal Nancy Dole. … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Wi-Fi, mediation on Ashfield special town meeting agenda

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ASHFIELD — Special town meeting voters will be asked to approve or reject a plan to set up wireless Internet service for town center residents, using box-shaped antennas on the Town Hall steeple. They will also weigh in on whether town officials should hire a mediator to help … 0