Charlemont

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

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Mohawk seeks OK for school building projects

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BUCKLAND — At town meeting time, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will be asking member towns to approve “Phase I” school building capital plans and the borrowing, in 2015, of $1,686,428 for school building repairs to be … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mohawk-Rowe-Hawlemont school registration The Mohawk Trail Regional School System will offer the following preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2014-15 school year. Bring your child’s birth certificate and record of immunizations to the registration session. Buckland-Shelburne Elementary (625-2521) Kindergarten: April 4, 9:30 to 11 and Pre-K: May … 0

Nomination papers available in Charlemont

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Nomination papers are now available from Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds’ office for those who would like to run for a town position in this spring’s annual town election on May 27. To run for election, nomination papers must be filled out and returned with the appropriate … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Neighbors: Local figure skater to sing with her college choir

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s always nice to hear that one of our own is accomplishing what they set out to. Brandi Weyers, a college freshman from Northfield, will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Baker … 0

Downhill feats of daring

Sunday, March 23, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Under most circumstances a barn sliding downhill would be considered a bad thing. To judge by the expression on the sheep’s face, it was. The barn, livestock included, was one of 62 cardboard constructions sliding down … 0

Regional nursing program offers tune-ups between doctor visits

Sunday, March 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Judy Ruggles first visited public health nurse Lisa White about 15 months ago, because she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off with her blood sugar. Her blood sugar was fine, but the 63-year-old Deerfield … 0

WiredWest to seek towns’ support for broadband loan

Friday, March 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Building a fiber optic broadband network to serve about 28,000 households in rural Western Massachusetts will cost around $100 million, and WiredWest may ask member towns to “co-sign” for a 20-year loan of up to $50 million to extend the infrastructure to homes and businesses. On … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0