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Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed first in the computer animation team category. … 0

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sometimes agriculture teacher Jean Bruffee ends up with house guests from the new Hawlemont Agriculture and You (HAY) curriculum: first there was Sweetie, the literally henpecked chick Bruffee took home to nurse and to keep away from belligerent, rejecting coop mates. Sweetie, whose plucked feathers are still askew, now lives in … 2

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western Massachusetts, hundreds of dollars in retroactive charges this winter. “I think that’s great,” said Richard … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Berkshire Pizza adds menu items, breakfast, bar

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Recorder staff CHARLEMONT — In its first year, Berkshire Pizzeria has added several new things: breakfast, a bar, soda fountain, mounted TV screens and an expanded menu. The pizzeria now opens daily at 7 a.m. for breakfast, offering … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Most Mohawk towns to see school costs rise

Monday, March 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns are being asked to contribute 5.7 percent more toward next school year’s budget. The $18.3 million budget represents a spending increase of 3.6 percent, although the towns are being asked for $549,261 more than this year. One cost increase … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Medical Reserve Corps needs volunteers

Sunday, March 8, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Medical professionals and ordinary Joes alike are sought for an upcoming emergency response training. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ Medical Reserve Corps is looking for volunteers to help in emergencies. A training will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hawlemont Regional … 0

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 … 2

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