Ruth Black sits in front of a painting of her late husband, Arnold. The couple founded Mohawk Trail Concerts in 1969 and now Ruth is retiring.
(Gazette/Gordon Daniels)

MTC director to retire

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — It was in the late 1960s that musicians Ruth and Arnold Black came up from New York City one summer to visit composer Alice Parker’s cottage in Hawley and fell in love with the region as well as the charm and acoustics of the Federated Church. The Blacks founded the Mohawk Trail Concert series in 1969, bringing many renowned musicians to the Federated Church over the past 45 years. And when its leader, violinist/composer Arnold Black died in 2000, Ruth Black took over her husband’s duties as executive artistic director, winning two “National Award for Adventurous Programming” from Chamber Music America/ASCAP during that … 0

Charlemont native finishes Marathon, beats fundraising goal

Monday, April 21, 2014

BOSTON — Even before she took her first step in the Boston Marathon Monday morning in Hopkinton, Charlemont native Erinn (Rancourt) Fleming not only met — but beat her $10,000 fundraising goal for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF), which raises money for people with cancer and their families. Last year, as director of events and marketing at The Forum bar and restaurant, Fleming … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, … 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

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

Joy of Pi (and brownies)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CHARLEMONT ­ ­— Years ago, Academy of Charlemont algebra and calculus teacher Stephanie Purington had a “magical teaching moment” while trying to explain the complex principle that a number divided by a fraction (4 divided by ½ ) is equal to multiplying it by the fraction’s reciprocal (4 … 0

May schools share space?

Monday, March 10, 2014

With dwindling enrollments, both Frontier and Mohawk Trail regional school districts are exploring possible town use of unused school space, as a way to offset operating costs. State law and education officials that govern how schools can be … 3

Letter: Legal limbo

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thank you for your Feb. 19 editorial “No justice with legal limbo,” which brings to light a dark secret. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detains immigrant men and women indefinitely without a hearing. Whether they are here legally, as many are, or have come illegally to try to … 0

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0