Charlemont

Science teacher Samantha Lydiard, at right,  gives middle school students from China their first taste of maple syrup on their first day of summer school at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. 
(Recorder/Diane Broncaccio)

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a tour of the grounds as the students … 0

Yankee Doodle Days returns to Charlemont this weekend

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Yankee Doodle Days,” the town’s annual summer festival, begins Friday with fireworks and ends Sunday with Stoney Roberts’ Demolition Derby. In between are hoop performances, chainsaw carving, a knife-throwing act, and balloon creations by “Mary Poppins.” Other highlights include bingo games, ox draws, a petting zoo, a children’s bike parade, live … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, who visited the school several times last year. “Every school has something that distinguishes it, … 0

Charlemont mulls zoning bylaws, recall elections

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Village center” zoning bylaw changes, the town budget, and going back to an elected town clerk are all on the table at Charlemont’s annual town meeting on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the … 0

Open seats, no contests on Charlemont election ballot

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Barring any major campaigning by write-in candidates, voters will see familiar names on the election ballot, along with open seats on Tuesday annual town election. The polls, located at the Hawlemont Regional School, are open from noon to 7 p.m. — just before the start of … 0

Neighbors: Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Well, here we are — Memorial Day weekend already. The federal holiday started as a way to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate … 0

Academy at Charlemont 5K race to aid NELCWIT

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont Community Service Council, with the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, will host a 5K road race and a fun run on the Academy campus this Saturday. Both races start at 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 10:30. The Fun … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, May 19, 2014

Arms roof project to benefit from tag sale Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library is looking for goods and volunteer help for its next fundraiser — a tag sale — on behalf of the “Put a Roof … 0

Neighbors: Area residents’ accomplishments impressive

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hello neighbor. As I was saying last week, we have a lot of talented neighbors here in Franklin County. I have a few events I want to share with you today, but you will also read about several … 0

Bonefrog Challenge

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Monson man charged in railroad copper theft

Friday, May 16, 2014

CHARLEMONT — One man died and another faces trial after the two allegedly stole copper wire from the railroad. Duane Pierce Jr., 30, of Monson pleaded innocent to charges of malicious injury to railroad property, larceny over $250, receiving stolen property over $250, malicious destruction of property over … 0

Neighbors: Dog lovers put finishing touches on park

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hello, neighbor. A group of dog lovers will put the finishing touches on the Friends of the North Quabbin Dog Park this weekend. The dog park has been open to the public for several months and has offered a spot for dogs to run and play. A recent … 0

Bulky waste collection Saturday

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding a “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday at three locations from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Route 112 in Shelburne Falls, the Northfield Highway Garage on Caldwell Road, … 0