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Letter: Short-changing input

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frontier Regional School District now has a new schedule for the school year beginning in the fall, voted on by the joint School Committee April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 1½ hours, with a 10-minute extension to the other days. The idea was proposed by Marti Barrett, the superintendent, in an effort to reduce the need to use substitutes while teachers, according to the … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Conway farmer saved by double lung transplant

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CONWAY — John Wholey relied on a oxygen concentrator to breathe and a walker to move. His lungs were destroyed after years on his dairy farm, Wholey Cow Farm in Conway, and from chronic bronchitis. His daughter, Emily, moved back home after living in Australia to help take care of her father. The … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

A blueprint for entrepreneurial success

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CONWAY — As a young engineer, James S. Hardigg of Conway saw firsthand the dynamics of labor relations in his industry. Whether it was facing intimidation or violence at the hands of union officials or working under bosses … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Underserved hilltowns calculating total broadband build-out costs

Friday, March 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — While WiredWest’s “unserved” towns are gearing up for annual town meeting votes to finance fiber-optic broadband, discussions have started between Comcast Cable Co. and the pilot “cable towns” — Buckland, Shelburne and Conway — to share mapping information and calculate how much a total build-out of … 0

Rick Bean resigns as Conway emergency management director

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CONWAY — Conway Selectboard member Rick Bean has resigned as the town’s emergency management director, a position he has held for the last five years. Bean said he would make himself available to train the new director when he or she is appointed. During his time in the … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

South County Notebook

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Frontier staffers win again in Faculty versus Varsity game DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional School’s staff reprised last year’s Faculty versus Varsity Basketball game, beating a team of the school’s varsity players by a single point Wednesday night. Stacey Chapley, one of the event’s organizers, said Ben Barshefsky, the … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Frontier School Committee reverses staff cuts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — Six staff members at the Frontier Regional School have less to worry about now that the regional School Committee has approved a $9.9 million budget — a 2.05 percent increase over the current year. Six jobs … 0