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Hawlemont children visit with a goat brought to their classroom this spring. Submitted photo.

Hawlemont Ag program gears up for growth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAWLEMONT — The chickens started school Tuesday night, in time to greet the 105 schoolchildren Wednesday for year 2 of the Hawlemont Regional School’s new agricultural curriculum. The cows, goats and sheep will come next week — after volunteers put up fencing for pastures this weekend. On the day before school opened, Jean Bruffee, teacher of the Hawlemont Agriculture and … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as he’d hoped — or did it? He’s Wildcat O’Halloran, the charming, boisterous, contemporary blues singer-songwriter … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0

Tour of the Hilltowns bicycle race Saturday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Over 400 professional and amateur cyclists from the Northeast and beyond will participate in the Northampton Cycling Club’s 17th annual Tour of the Hilltowns this Saturday, July 18, covering 39.5 miles from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The race begins at Berkshire East Mountain Resort … 0

FRTA discusses disabled bus access

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — At a recent hearing, the public, with members of the Transit Advisory Committee of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, briefly discussed the state-required Comprehensive Service Analysis and brought up concerns that may affect disabled riders. Before the meeting concluded, Whately resident Barbara Orloski and her husband … 0

Letter: One-sided mindset

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I am a self-identified conservative who is also a registered Republican, a Massachusetts endangered species. I am constantly, almost daily, offended by many liberal-progressive viewpoints expressed by my West County neighbors. Ah, don’t worry, I can handle it, but I wonder when speakers at the Charlemont Forum (July … 0

Making regional transport accessible: Plan increases focus on rail, bike, pedestrian

Monday, July 13, 2015

If the hot-air balloons that were part of this weekend’s Green River Festival got you thinking about alternative travel modes, you may want to look at one of two regional transportation plans now in the works that emphasize … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor collecting for other youngsters

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our young neighbor Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, who is a sophomore at Stoneleigh Burnham School, is currently working on an independent community service project through the school. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Comfort Wagon Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Seven comfort wagons … 0

Downed tree branch causes hundreds to lose electricity in Charlemont

Sunday, July 12, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Visitors got stuck on the chair lift and mountain coaster at Berkshire East Sunday morning after a fallen tree limb caused 950 National Grid customers to lose power, a spokesperson for the power company said. The branch took down lines near the Deerfield River in Charlemont … 0

Burned in U.S. ‘Melting Pot’: Charlemont Forum takes on plight of immigrants through present day

Friday, July 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Many people are proud of the United States as a “melting pot” or a “nation of immigrants,” but history shows that immigrants, from the 1700s to the present, have not always been welcomed. With 33,000 “detention … 5