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Melody Chen of Jingzhou, China, taught Chinese language classes at Mohawk Trail Regional School.
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Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is cutting its Chinese Program due to low student interest and budget pressure,” said School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, an initial supporter of the program. This fall, only one Chinese student was enrolled in Mohawk’s second year of Chinese high school students at Mohawk. In 2008, Buoniconti began exploring the possibility of bringing international, tuition-paying students to Mohawk, expanding both the school’s revenues and its students’ exposure to people … 0

Letter: The nation’s health care

Friday, February 5, 2016

As a journalist in Vermont and Washington, I got to know and appreciate Bernie Sanders and his concerns, particularly around effects of Agent Orange on veterans of the Gulf War. To my knowledge, he has not mentioned this important element of his record. My more important comment arises from Mrs. Clinton dismissal of Bernie’s campaign positions such as single-payer health care as “unrealistic.” … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Pittsfield Rep. won’t seek Downing’s state Senate seat

Thursday, January 28, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who announced he won’t be seeking re-election in November, running instead for re-election to her House seat. That leaves Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, the Lenox Democrat who’s considering … 0

Downing’s exit piques pair’s interest

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say they’re looking at state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing’s announcement that he won’t seek a sixth term in this fall’s elections not only as a tremendous loss for his Western Massachusetts constituents but also … 0

Area towns get food safety grants

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In response to the national push to increase food safety, seven local towns have been awarded federal grants to protect consumers. Buckland, Charlemont, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden and Monroe will share $65,000 a year federal grant for five years to support improvements in food inspection and education. The … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mohawk budget meetings planned BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold a second full meeting this month, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to discuss its $19 million budget proposal for the Fiscal Year that begins in July. While the budget proposal has been pared down … 0

Racial justice explored in conference

Friday, January 22, 2016

CHARLEMONT — “Loving justice is not good enough.” That was the message the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian had for a group gathered for a three-day conference on “Listening for a Change: Sacred Conversations about Racial Justice.” “It’s important to … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0