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86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that more treatment beds in or near Franklin … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” … 0

From China to Mohawk: New classrooms, new country for school district’s Chinese teacher

Monday, August 10, 2015

BUCKLAND — For a dozen years, Melody Chen has taught English to college students at the Yangtze University, near her home in southern China. But this year, Chen will be teaching Chinese to American students within the Mohawk … 0

How should the US control immigration?

Monday, August 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Should the United States limit immigration — given that most of our families emigrated here at some time over the past four centuries? An immigration law professor told an audience in Charlemont recently that the U.S. … 1

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Taking in Berkshire East’s tower of power

Sunday, August 9, 2015

HAWLEY — Standing three to six feet themselves, about 100 people turned out for a closer look at the 277-foot wind tower topping the Berkshire East Mountain Resort development. The mountain itself was humming with activity but it … 0

Mohawk registration starts Monday

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — Registration dates for Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Middle School are Aug. 10 through 21, for students new to new and returning students, or school choice students in grades seven through twelve. Please contact the guidance department at 625-9811, ext. 1305 to receive a 2015-2016 … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

‘Narnia’ performances tonight, Saturday in Charlemont

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Hilltown Youth Summer Theatre’s performances of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” will be performed tonight and Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the outdoor fields at the Academy at Charlemont … 0

All the world’s a stage

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CHARLEMONT — On a hot summer day, the upper field at the Academy at Charlemont can be a long, hot, uphill climb; but it’s probably the least of the physical exertions that 54 students in the Hilltown Youth … 1

Charlemont gets (some) cell phone coverage

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Partial cell phone service has come to Charlemont — at least for those who own smartphones equipped with voice-over-wireless broadband technology. But the Board of Selectmen will spend part of this week gathering signatures for a petition asking Verizon Wireless to install additional equipment on the … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United … 0