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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

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sometimes agriculture teacher Jean Bruffee ends up with house guests from the new Hawlemont Agriculture and You (HAY) curriculum: first there was Sweetie, the literally henpecked chick Bruffee took home to nurse and to keep away from belligerent, rejecting coop mates. Sweetie, whose plucked feathers are still askew, now lives in … 2

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western Massachusetts, hundreds of dollars in retroactive charges this winter. “I think that’s great,” said Richard … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

Charlemont Heritage Day is today

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Today is “Heritage Day” in Charlemont, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary year. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hawlemont Regional School gymnasium, visitors are welcome to view private and museum postcard collections, family … 0

Taking flight in Charlemont

Friday, April 10, 2015

I stood high in a tree at the edge of a platform, my toes over the edge like a surfer hanging 10, looking out at waves of fall foliage. Then, I took a step forward. Gravity took over, … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Berkshire East to add bike park, rafting to summer attractions

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Goodbye ski season. Hello Thunder Mountain Bike Park. This summer, the Berkshire East Mountain Resort is adding two new seasonal attractions: A downhill mountain bike park, and white-water rafting along Fife Brook section of the Deerfield … 1

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Letter: Don’t miss it

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“The Iliad,” some 3,000 years old, tells the story of how the Greeks besieged the city of Troy. The heroes fight with spears and swords, while the gods back their personal favorites. Jonathan Shay (March 28) recognized in “The Iliad” descriptions of “moral injuries,” which mirror those seen … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1

Mohawk school board meeting postponed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ASHFIELD — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Sanderson Academy was postponed to April 15, in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. The April 15 meeting will be held at Sanderson, beginning at 7 p.m. … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Buckland board meets Thursday BUCKLAND — The Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss concerns with school officials about proposed regional agreement changes and a plan to offer free preschool in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s elementary schools. Last week, selectmen sent a … 0