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 Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino holds one of the three medals he won in skiing at the Vermont winter Special Olympics. Submitted photo

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this year in Vermont’s Special Olympics and carved through the slalom gates to three gold medals at the intermediate level. Next stop nationals, his mother hopes, then the global Special Olympics in Austria in 2017. Nick Saladino and his mother Nekki were both at the Technical School Wednesday, as they are most days, … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dog license deadline Tuesday BUCKLAND — Tuesday is the deadline for residents to license their dogs and avoid a $25 late fee. Residents may mail their renewal, put their renewal through the slot on the front door of Town Hall or see Town Clerk Janice Purington in the Town Hall. Town Clerk hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly toward the defenseless mutton. If they reach the sheepfold, the game is over; it is … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Mohawk gets musical with ‘Seussical’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mix “Horton Hears a Who” with “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and what have you got? “Seussical the Musical.” This weekend, that’s the ticket at the Mohawk Trail Regional High … 0

‘I feel like I’ve been here a long time’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — After working as a Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher for eight years, Wayne Kermenski of Shelburne Falls has been hired as principal of the Hawlemont Regional School. “When you’re a teacher, you’re really concerned about your … 0

Agricultural plastics recycling program up and running

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Four Franklin County transfer stations now accept agricultural plastics free, according to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. The Waste Management District implemented the program with Massachusetts Community Innovation Challenge Grant and Mass. Department of Environmental Protection grant money. Franklin County farmers may drop off plastics at … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Soup’s on at Chowder Fest CHARLEMONT — Get out your recipes for The Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds seventh annual Chowder Fest on March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Berkshire East Ski Lodge. To enter chowder, complete an entry form by March 16 and mail … 0

Public Safety Dept. wraps Berkshire East probe

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A Department of Public Safety investigation into an incident involving an 11-year-old girl who fell from a chair lift at Berkshire East on Jan. 9 has found that the ski area was in compliance with all state lift operation, incident reporting and staffing laws. The report, … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0