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Franklin County Technical School Superintendent Richard Martin. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class in the programming and Web design vocational shop. Superintendent Richard “Rick” Martin said the absence has been felt in the past. “A lot of our students over the years have inquired, and their parents have inquired, why don’t we have advanced placement courses, and we needed to build a foundation and to … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as he’d hoped — or did it? He’s Wildcat O’Halloran, the charming, boisterous, contemporary blues singer-songwriter … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

Letter: Speak out on pipeline

Friday, August 14, 2015

I applaud Chris Collins’ accurate description of the unmovable position of Franklin County’s pipeline opponents in last Friday’s paper. However, I take exception to his opening sentence implying that the pipeline is becoming increasingly inevitable. I was inspired to see a good turnout at the FERC hearing, but … 1

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

New school year, new schedule at Frontier

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they’ll notice some changes to their usual schedule. Students will be released an hour and a half early … 0

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

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 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

Stomp out stiltgrass

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CONWAY — Conway has been invaded. Not in the conventional sense by any sort of army, but by a particular variety of quick-spreading grass from Southeast Asia and Japan: Japanese stiltgrass. The plant resembles small, delicate bamboo and … 0

Conway’s next crazy challenge: Irish cannonball road-bowling

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CONWAY — What do the Irish do when they’ve got lots of long country roads and plenty of cannonballs? Go road-bowling, of course. On Aug. 29, Conway residents can partake in that sport — which has roots in the 1600s when legend says Irish patriots stole English cannonballs … 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