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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

Buckland voters give unanimous approval for highway garage lot

Friday, January 15, 2016

BUCKLAND — The swell of Bucklanders eager to buy the town a new highway garage site quickly surged beyond the Town Hall’s 50 metal folding chairs, with more than half the voters standing as Thursday’s special town meeting … 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

Bridging the gaps of time

Monday, January 11, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — I walk across the Iron Bridge at 9 a.m. and once again see something new: ice on the walkway below my feet in the exact shape of the green metal railing. The hills here block … 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

Shelburne Falls ranger tales recounted in new book

Sunday, January 10, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — Some say life begins at 40, and, in a way, a new life began at 42 for Kathleen O’Rourke of Shelburne Falls. After her two sons were grown up and on their own, O’Rourke left … 0

Buckland highway garage open house, town meeting Thursday

Friday, January 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Before the special town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, the town will hold an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mayhew Steel property now rented for a town Highway Garage, at 2 Sears St. Extension. This will be followed by a special town … 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

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

Buckland seeks OK to buy garage site

Thursday, December 31, 2015

BUCKLAND — Selectmen ended 2015 with a 7 a.m. decision to ask townspeople to buy the old Mayhew Steel property as a permanent site for the town Highway Garage — solving a garage problem that began in 1989. … 0