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

Hawley, Charlemont getting signal boost

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HAWLEY — After living with only spotty cell-phone reception and limited Internet access for years, Hawley and Charlemont will soon have two providers offering state-of-the-art service. Industrial Communications of Marshfield will build a 197-foot telecommunications tower on land owned by Berkshire East. When finished, this lattice-style tower will … 0

Charlemont chow down on chowder

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In this feature photo, locals enjoyed chowder from 12 separate servers at the Friends of Charlemont Chowderfest on Sunday, with proceeds benefiting the town’s Yankee Doodle Days in late July. Event organizer Tammy Hicks said the Mohawk Park … 0

Turning the corner

Monday, March 17, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The term “ghost town” was tossed around at a recent Economic Roundtable meeting of community leaders, yet seldom has Charlemont seen such an infusion of new business, investment and civic interest in its aging town center … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Fred W. Wells scholarship applications available

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Applications for 2014-2015 Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships and grants are now available at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Scholarships are available to graduating seniors and full-time … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0

Mohawk to see 60 Chinese students this summer

Friday, March 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — About 60 Chinese students are expected to visit the Mohawk Trail Regional School this summer for three-day summer school programs that will include academic classes, field trips and conversations about getting into American colleges, according to school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. Although program details are still being … 0

Letter: Making headlines

Friday, March 14, 2014

The March 7 paper’s top headline “No idea who they’re dealing with” made me wonder. Does that refer to working families who have struggled with heating bills this winter? Or, do these local environmental groups worry at all about worldwide connections and situations that leave some people very … 0

Cardboard Classic set for March 23

Friday, March 14, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Whatever the weather brings on March 23 — snow, sleet, rain or even sunshine — it will be just fine for the annual Cardboard Classic sledding competition at Berkshire East. School groups, family teams and others … 0