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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 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she has been in contact with a couple people living in our hills who told her about other snowfalls she didn’t know about because the snow didn’t fall where she lives. Remember, all you have to do is track a cat. So folks, it looks like we’ve got only two or three more … 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 Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A … 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 will see a collective assessment increase of 5.7 percent ($549,261) this year. Within that half-a-million-dollar … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because … 0

MCAS in China?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — What does Massachusetts public education have that China doesn’t? MCAS, for one thing. But the superintendent of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is seeking special legislation that would make it possible for Chinese secondary education students to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam … 0

Mohawk Notebook

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mohawk seeks ‘level service’ budget BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District committee has been given a budget preview, calling for an $18 million spending plan, which Superintendent Michael Buoniconti says will provide “level services” for Mohawk students. The $18.1 million budget represents a 2.4 percent overall … 0

Talks planned for Mohawk-Rowe membership

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ROWE — The Rowe School Committee has voted to discuss the prospect of re-joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, as a Grade 7 through 12 member, ending a 32-year separation between the town and the high school district. The vote was two in favor, with committee member … 0

Solar panels eyed for Hawlemont

Monday, January 19, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If all goes as hoped, the “greening up” of Hawlemont Regional School won’t just be about its new agriculture-based curriculum, it will also be about “green” energy. According to School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, the school is … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Chilly out and chili in

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — It was chilly and rainy enough outdoors, but 14 pots of hot meat and peppers had faces sweating in the Shelburne Falls Eagles hall Sunday evening. With the usual venue in Charlemont unavailable, the 19th … 0

Department of Public Safety investigating Berkshire East ski lift accident

Friday, January 16, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is investigating how, exactly, a girl was able to slip out of and fall from a chair lift at Berkshire East Mountain Resort last week. On Jan. 9, the girl, who resort owner Roy Schaefer said was … 0