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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

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

Hilltown Draw-Around draws some crowds

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Right up to the very last minute, as they covered the walls and floors of the Cowell Gym with paper, Laura Iveson, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and James Smith wondered who would come to the Cowell Gymnasium on the first spring-like Saturday to take part in a 12-hour Hilltown Draw-Around. As … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Buckland tax classification rescheduled BUCKLAND — The Buckland Fire District will hold its tax classification hearing on Monday at 4 p.m. at the fire station on Hodgen Road. The hearing is to determine whether there will be a single or variable tax rate for Fiscal Year 2015. Ashfield … 0

Model alumni: Buckland man builds Arms Academy replica

Monday, March 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Arnold Purinton, Class of 1959, thought he knew the Arms Academy building inside and out — until he started to build a replica of his alma mater. “As many thousands of times as I’d seen … 0

Buckland airs budget concerns

Monday, March 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — Selectmen are concerned that the $60,000 rent for the town garage, coupled with a $74,276 Mohawk Trail Regional School District assessment increase, could push the town over its 21/2 percent tax levy limit. The selectmen questioned a $220,000 addition in the $18.3 million Mohawk Trail Regional … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 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

Underserved hilltowns calculating total broadband build-out costs

Friday, March 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — While WiredWest’s “unserved” towns are gearing up for annual town meeting votes to finance fiber-optic broadband, discussions have started between Comcast Cable Co. and the pilot “cable towns” — Buckland, Shelburne and Conway — to share mapping information and calculate how much a total build-out of … 0

Buckland Fire District tax classification hearing

Thursday, March 12, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Buckland Fire District will hold its tax classification hearing on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Fire Station off Hodgen Road. The hearing is to determine whether there will be a single or variable tax rate for Fiscal Year 2015. … 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