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Recorder/Paul Franz
Clare Higgins of Northampton in her office

Low wages, unfair taxes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action spent most of Thursday in Boston, having the same conversation she has had with state and other officials for at least 30 years: Why do we pay childcare workers so very little? A one-time child care worker herself, this former six-term mayor of Northampton and former director of child care for the Hampshire Community Action welcomed President Barack Obama’s comment: “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.” Higgins said it was the first … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed to have had on Wednesday. The surgery was cance led, though, because a man walked … 0

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because of its population sparsity and many miles between students and their schools, Mohawk’s per-pupil costs … 0

MCAS in China?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — What does Massachusetts public education have that China doesn’t? MCAS, for one thing. But the superintendent of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is seeking special legislation that would make it possible for Chinese secondary education students to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam … 0

Mohawk Notebook

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mohawk seeks ‘level service’ budget BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District committee has been given a budget preview, calling for an $18 million spending plan, which Superintendent Michael Buoniconti says will provide “level services” for Mohawk students. The $18.1 million budget represents a 2.4 percent overall … 0

Talks planned for Mohawk-Rowe membership

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ROWE — The Rowe School Committee has voted to discuss the prospect of re-joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, as a Grade 7 through 12 member, ending a 32-year separation between the town and the high school district. The vote was two in favor, with committee member … 0

Solar panels eyed for Hawlemont

Monday, January 19, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If all goes as hoped, the “greening up” of Hawlemont Regional School won’t just be about its new agriculture-based curriculum, it will also be about “green” energy. According to School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, the school is … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Chilly out and chili in

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — It was chilly and rainy enough outdoors, but 14 pots of hot meat and peppers had faces sweating in the Shelburne Falls Eagles hall Sunday evening. With the usual venue in Charlemont unavailable, the 19th … 0

Department of Public Safety investigating Berkshire East ski lift accident

Friday, January 16, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is investigating how, exactly, a girl was able to slip out of and fall from a chair lift at Berkshire East Mountain Resort last week. On Jan. 9, the girl, who resort owner Roy Schaefer said was … 0

Mohawk Long Range study group to present plan for cost savings Wednesday

Friday, January 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — After nearly two years of study, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Long-Range Planning Committee will recommend how this district — big in size but small in enrollment — might cut its education costs at a public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Mohawk Trail … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0