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Science teacher Samantha Lydiard, at right,  gives middle school students from China their first taste of maple syrup on their first day of summer school at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. 
(Recorder/Diane Broncaccio)

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a tour of the grounds as the students … 0

Yankee Doodle Days returns to Charlemont this weekend

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Yankee Doodle Days,” the town’s annual summer festival, begins Friday with fireworks and ends Sunday with Stoney Roberts’ Demolition Derby. In between are hoop performances, chainsaw carving, a knife-throwing act, and balloon creations by “Mary Poppins.” Other highlights include bingo games, ox draws, a petting zoo, a children’s bike parade, live … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, who visited the school several times last year. “Every school has something that distinguishes it, … 0

National forest panel plans first meeting

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The next step toward creating a new kind of national forest in northern Franklin and Berkshire counties is in the works, with regional planners creating an advisory panel. The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee, composed of one selectmen’s representative from each of the region’s 20 towns, along … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

UMass prof: ‘Very rich’ becoming very powerful in US politics

Monday, June 30, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The widening gap between “the richest of the rich” and the rest of us is not only a social issue, but a threat to American democracy itself, says Gerald Friedman, a political economist, author and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Friedman will give the … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

“Welcome to Charlemont” sign contest announced

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The selectmen are seeking design submissions for a new “Welcome to Charlemont” signs. The 4-by-4-foot signs will be installed at the east and west ends of the Charlemont Village Center in time for this year’s foliage season. Anyone who would like to participate in this contest … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0