Rapid progress is being made on building the Rowe Elementary School, which is expected to open in August. Submitted photo.

Rowe School going up

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ROWE — While the $6.9 million Rowe Elementary School is under construction, a capital campaign is also underway to help furnish the new school and pay for items needed for the school library, for technology, the arts, the school playground and for physical education courses. The original school building was struck by lightning and destroyed by fire in August 2012, but the fundraiser is for items not covered by the town’s insurance payments, said Susan Samoriski, executive director of the Mary Lyon Foundation, which raises money for education for nine West County towns. “This is on the heels of six other highly successful capital campaigns … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Mohawk official takes G-M job

Friday, April 11, 2014

BUCKLAND — School Business Administrator Joanne Blier will be leaving the Mohawk Trail school systems as of June 30 , to take a new job as director of business and operations for the Gill-Montague Regional School District. As part of Superintendent Michael Buoniconti’s administrative team, Blier worked on several initiatives that reduced yearly assessment increases to Mohawk towns and shortened the years of … 0

For the run of it

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOSTON —On the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Charlemont native Erinn Rancourt Fleming came to work early, knowing the marathon brings one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants along the 26-mile course. Fleming is … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Charlemont woman charged with drug possession

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Charlemont woman faces drug-dealing charges after police say they found cocaine, heroin and needles in her car. Natalee Sanborn, 22, of 2103 Mohawk Trail, pleaded innocent to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, and conspiracy to violate drug law … 0

Winter leaves heaving country roads

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welcome to mud season, and drive carefully on any unpaved roads. The Charlemont Highway Department has closed a section of Mountain Road on account of mud. Emergency services and the Charlemont Post Office have been notified. Although the closure does not lock anyone out or in, it may … 0

Overcoming obstacles

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In this feature photo, a Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon participant leaps over an obstacle on Saturday. Most areas were muddy from melting snow, with temperatures in the low 50s for most of the event -- runners and spectators alike … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Shear relief

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In this feature photo, Aaron Loux of Cummington shears a sheep at the Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Tuesday, where students saw wool shorn and then spun into products. (Recorder/Paul Franz) … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Blacks overlooked in Civil War histories

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BUCKLAND — In Gettysburg, almost 100 years before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom” in his famous address, African-Americans in that small Pennsylvania town were already living their own freedom — as free-born residents, or freed … 0

Windows to the future

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In this feature photo, Jared Cantwell, Wade Webb, Chad Gumlaw (inside) and Joey Discawicz III (outside) of Stained Glass Resources Inc. remove the bottom panel of a stained glass window at the Charlemont Federated Church on Monday. The … 0