Conway

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and instruments, saws and hand tools. Representatives from … 0

E-cycling

Monday, April 21, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In April 2015, a group of Frontier Regional High School students will stay in Ireland for nine days. But before they can do that, they each need to raise $2,800. To benefit the trip, the students are having an electronics recycling drop-off event on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school. Technology teacher Kevin Murphy is … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, … 0

Frontier district prepping for enrollment drop

Friday, February 28, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the next decade, there is projected to be 300 fewer students enrolled in the Frontier Regional School and its four feeder schools — a finding that has spurred school leaders to take a serious look at school and municipal space needs in southern Franklin … 1

School Choice: Is it worth it for Frontier?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Since the early 1990s, Frontier Regional School and its feeder schools have allowed out-of-town students to enroll. But now, school leaders are questioning whether participating in the School Choice program is really cost effective. “We’re … 2

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0

Franklin County Tech School to host community college panel Wednesday

Monday, February 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School will host its first ever community college panel discussion Wednesday night, and the public is invited to attend. Originally developed as an informational event for the school’s upperclassmen and parents, school officials decided to expand it for the entire community, said … 0

Pot, cottage industry at issue in Conway hearing

Friday, February 21, 2014

CONWAY — Townspeople will be asked to weigh in on proposed changes to the town’s zoning bylaws involving cottage industries and medical marijuana dispensaries in town. The changes are designed to promote growth, support retail development and the renovation of large houses into apartments, town planners said. The … 0

Happy 90th birthday Irmarie Jones

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are now fewer than 30 days from the beginning of spring. Soon, the ground will begin to thaw — though it’s difficult to believe right now — and temperatures will warm as birds begin to … 0

Pioneer property plan to be presented Sunday

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — There are big plans for the Pioneer Valley Regional School property, and you can hear about them straight from the source Sunday. John Lepore, a Bernardston resident and former Pioneer science teacher, has authored an all-encompassing … 0

Broadband link to towns complete

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WESTBOROUGH — The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has announced completion of a new, 1,200-mile fiber optic Broadband “backbone” for central and western Massachusetts. What’s next for the “last mile” rural towns of Franklin County? Construction and testing of this long-awaited project, to bring high-speed Internet access to public safety … 0

Neighbors: Goodbye to someone special

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. It is a sad week for me and my family. We’ve lost someone very special. I met Gary Hawkins when I was just a child — that’s going back almost 50 years. He was my cousin … 0