Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and instruments, saws and hand tools. Representatives from … 0

MTC director to retire

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — It was in the late 1960s that musicians Ruth and Arnold Black came up from New York City one summer to visit composer Alice Parker’s cottage in Hawley and fell in love with the region as well as the charm and acoustics of the Federated Church. The Blacks founded the Mohawk … 0

Charlemont native finishes Marathon, beats fundraising goal

Monday, April 21, 2014

BOSTON — Even before she took her first step in the Boston Marathon Monday morning in Hopkinton, Charlemont native Erinn (Rancourt) Fleming not only met — but beat her $10,000 fundraising goal for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF), which raises money for people with cancer and their families. Last year, as director of events and marketing at The Forum bar and restaurant, Fleming … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The … 0

In China, students would prep for Mohawk

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — To be sure future tuition-paying students from China could flourish at Mohawk Trail Regional School, Mohawk is working on a “2 plus 1” agreement with its sister schools in China. The arrangement would give prospective Chinese students two years of Mohawk’s curriculum within an English-speaking classroom … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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