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Letter: Just crazy

Friday, March 6, 2015

Our Congress felt obliged to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session on how the U.S. should keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Congress did not invite President Obama to rally them behind HIS strategy for achieving that very goal. The article in The Recorder on Feb. 28 by AP reporter Laurie Kellman (“Dems caught between Obama, Netanyahu on Tuesday’s speech”) makes some alarming … 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 20 years, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure in 2010 and in early … 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 School, where at least 85 students from Grade 5 through Grade 12 will be on … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Neighbors: Learn about how state government works

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Have you always wanted to learn more about our state government and how it works? State Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be holding the 74th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on April 28 (my birthday) and April 29 from … 0

Town officials mull Rowe’s rejoining Mohawk

Monday, February 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — Before Rowe could become the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, town officials want the long-standing regional school agreement to be changed, eliminating a unanimous vote requirement by member towns to approve … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Letter: Don’t live in fear

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tim Blagg is frightened, and he wants us to be frightened, too, in order to protect ourselves from terrorist attacks. Out of his fear, he has proposed (Recorder, January 26, 2015) that Muslims should “stand up and be counted” in opposition to Islamist extremism, and the rest of … 0

Letter: Cause and effect

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I wish to take exception to Tim Blagg’s reasoning in a commentary (Jan. 26) suggesting, in the face of terrorism, a further yielding of our constitutional freedoms and what I’ll term a “circling of the wagons.” Looking at this metaphor, at our own history, I’ll posit had European … 0

Berkshire East restores Thursday deal

Monday, February 2, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Local skiers have gotten a piece of good news from the snowy Berkshire Ski Resort. The mountain will keep its popular $15 Thursday ski night discount — as long as vandalism, disrespectful behavior and consumption of … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

2 from China in Mohawk mix

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Tall and soft-spoken, 16-year-old Jeremy Wang from Beijing began his 10th-grade classes in August at the Mohawk Trail Regional School, leaving his cello behind in China, and taking up junior varsity basketball. Although mastering English is … 1