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Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national criminal history checks of K-12 school employees … 0

West County Briefs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colrain voter registration today for state primary COLRAIN — Today is the last day to register to vote in time for the Sept. 9 state primary. The town clerk’s office is open today for voter registration from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. in the Town Office. Absentee ballots are … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, Team Greenfield won. The winning trophy, which is engraved with the words “Team Greenfield” at … 0

The Newbie: What, wonders our reporter, will happen when she hits the rapids?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” The dark black waves sucked me forward. I … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

Renowned cellist to head Mohawk Trail Concerts

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Cellist and recording artist Mark Fraser, who has performed in past Mohawk Trail Concert series, has been appointed to serve as executive director and co-artistic director of the 45-year-old program. Fraser succeeds Ruth Black, who retired … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Academy at Charlemont arts scholarship started

Sunday, August 3, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The family and friends of Eleanor Lazarus, an educator and a supporter of the arts in education, have established The Eleanor (Ellie) Lazarus Memorial Fund for the Arts at The Academy at Charlemont, to honor her passions and her fondness for the school. The fund will … 0

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

Constitution eroded by 9/11 attacks, lawyer says

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The last of seven Guantanamo detainees represented by Ashfield lawyer Buz Eisenberg is now awaiting resettlement, after being held without charges for 12 1/ 2 years — and after being cleared for transfer three times since … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and … 0