Ashfield

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed first in the computer animation team category. … 0

Ashfield man charged in VA assault

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact that none of the staff who witnessed the alleged assault reported it at the time, … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library talk Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — Female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice of removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons, will be the topic of a discussion Sunday, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Arms Library. “FGM affects women all around the world, including more than 500,000 women in the United States,” says Grace Engelman of Conway. “It is a … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Ashfield picks election candidates

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ASHFIELD — Voters have selected a slate of candidates to run in the May 2 annual town election. Having served his first term as selectman, Ron Coler will be running for a second term. Board of Health candidates include Carrie O’Gorman for a three-year term, and Karen Lavalle, … 0

Most Mohawk towns to see school costs rise

Monday, March 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns are being asked to contribute 5.7 percent more toward next school year’s budget. The $18.3 million budget represents a spending increase of 3.6 percent, although the towns are being asked for $549,261 more than this year. One cost increase … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 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

‘I feel like I’ve been here a long time’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — After working as a Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher for eight years, Wayne Kermenski of Shelburne Falls has been hired as principal of the Hawlemont Regional School. “When you’re a teacher, you’re really concerned about your … 0