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Colrain bridge closing costing Mohawk $275 a day for van

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLRAIN — What a difference a little country bridge can make. Recently, the state closed the Heath Road Bridge in Colrain, which runs above the West Branch of the North River. Now the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has to spend about $46,000 a year to add a four-wheel drive van to its school bus services to get students to their schools on the narrow roads of the detour. The … 0

Rowe School going up

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ROWE — While the $6.9 million Rowe Elementary School is under construction, a capital campaign is also underway to help furnish the new school and pay for items needed for the school library, for technology, the arts, the school playground and for physical education courses. The original school building was struck by lightning … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Blacks overlooked in Civil War histories

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BUCKLAND — In Gettysburg, almost 100 years before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom” in his famous address, African-Americans in that small Pennsylvania town were already living their own freedom — as free-born residents, or freed … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Mohawk seeks OK for school building projects

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BUCKLAND — At town meeting time, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will be asking member towns to approve “Phase I” school building capital plans and the borrowing, in 2015, of $1,686,428 for school building repairs to be … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mohawk-Rowe-Hawlemont school registration The Mohawk Trail Regional School System will offer the following preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2014-15 school year. Bring your child’s birth certificate and record of immunizations to the registration session. Buckland-Shelburne Elementary (625-2521) Kindergarten: April 4, 9:30 to 11 and Pre-K: May … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Neighbors: Local figure skater to sing with her college choir

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s always nice to hear that one of our own is accomplishing what they set out to. Brandi Weyers, a college freshman from Northfield, will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Baker … 0

Heat problems send Colrain Central kids to Heath

Monday, March 24, 2014

HEATH — About 90 Colrain Central schoolchildren spent Monday at the Heath Elementary School, after a heating problem was discovered in Colrain earlier that morning. According to Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, water got into the oil tanks, contaminating the … 0

COG plans final forest meetings

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The last of the 11 community meetings to discuss possible creation of a new type of national forest is planned to begin this week in Leyden, Hawley, Colrain and Monroe. The sessions, being held by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments in collaboration with Franklin Land Trust, will … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0