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Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Just Inn time repairs: Condemned Charlemont Inn begins renovations with roof work

Friday, November 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A week after a Board of Health condemnation order was issued, owners of the historic Charlemont Inn obtained a building permit for a vital part of the building’s renovation — a new roof. The work is to begin next week, according to Charlotte Dewey, who co-owns the building with Linda Shimandle. … 0

Charlemont Inn headed to housing court over town’s repair order

Friday, October 2, 2015

CHARLEMONT — After waiting for the owners to make significant repairs to the deteriorating Charlemont Inn, the Board of Health is going to court to enforce its repair orders before the historic 18th-century building falls apart. The board … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Taylor’s Fort dig site tour Saturday

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CHARLEMONT — On Saturday, the public may visit the archaeological site of Taylor’s Fort, which was in use by settlers from 1754 to 1763, when Charlemont was truly a western “frontier.” This archaeological site is located on the grounds of the Hall Tavern Farm, on Route 2, about … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Letter: My Turn’s message

Sunday, September 27, 2015

On Sept. 15, The Recorder printed a “My Turn” column by Rodney Madison. I thank The Recorder for printing it, and I thank Mr. Madison for writing it. Even more, I thank him for taking the bold and courageous step of showing up at the Three County Fair … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Pizzeria adds riverfront deck

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Rather than waste its glorious view of the river, Berkshire Pizzeria has expanded, adding a new deck that looks out over the Deerfield River and the mountains beyond. According to owner Greg Rowehl, the new outdoor … 0