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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

Letter: To our cat’s rescue

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When a much loved family pet goes missing, one often thinks the worst, but hopes for the best. In our case, the best is what we got in having Animal Control Officer Jack Cavolick and Highway Superintendent Scott Sullivan on the scene. After nearly 24 days missing, our beloved cat of 11 years was heard mewing; stuck in the underground drainage pipes of … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

County women lead Habitat for Humanity

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two Franklin County women are the new leaders of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, a 20-year-old organization that helps build homes for low-income families. The local Habitat chapter Tuesday named Megan McDonough, 33, of Colrain, executive director of the organization that has built nearly three dozen affordable houses … 0

Letter: A missing thank you

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We live in the computer age, but I think organizations such as historical societies should send thank you notes, especially to speakers who are not being paid. According to experts like Post, author of Etiquette, “It is inexcusable not to thank the donor of any gift.” In our … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Letter: Wrong recipe

Thursday, June 26, 2014

There is something lowly if not fundamentally wrong about soliciting funds from the public to fund a private, for-profit enterprise. Yet this is exactly what is happening in Shelburne Falls around the start-up of a Mexican restaurant on Deerfield Avenue. My understanding is that one goes to a … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Letter: Make enough to live

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I am a student at Four Rivers Charter Public School and right now my class has just finished reading “Nickel and Dimed.” Our latest assignment was inspired off of this book. Our task was to create graphs showing how minimum wage affects the middle class. I chose to … 0

Hard cider an easy historic topic to warm up to

Sunday, June 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — New England’s historic tradition of making and consuming hard cider will be discussed at the Historical Society of Greenfield on Thursday. Judith Maloney of the West County Cider Co. in Colrain will speak at the Society at 43 Church St. at 7 p.m. Maloney’s talk will … 0