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3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the now-excess busing money they budgeted to pay Mohawk be eliminated in light of the “windfall” from the state, and the issue will … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” Sherry, who grew up in Florence and lived in Greenfield … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported … 0

Franklin County Technical School students ready for workforce

Friday, June 6, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School alumna Lisa Godfrey told 115 graduates Friday that learning a trade at the school will give them a leg up in their future job searches. “It may not feel like it … 0

Neighbors: Lots to do as summer rolls in

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. There’s lots going on as this first week of June comes to an end and summer rev s up. THERE WILL BE A GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE at Leverett Elementary School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please support the school and its students by … 0

Letter: Criticism off base

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

As a Hawley resident and Korean War veteran, I take strong exception to Lisa Turner’s letter (May 19) excoriating the town’s Selectboard for supposedly “snubbing” two deceased veterans by dedicating its annual report to the town’s administrator, Virginia Gabert. What a silly and ludicrous allegation. The recognition accorded … 1

Greenfield to celebrate bees

Monday, June 2, 2014

In this feature photo, Debbie Oeky, Sandra Boston and Victoria Floor touch up the crosswalk mural in Greenfield as part of the Paint the Town Green Mural Project. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

‘Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable’

Sunday, June 1, 2014

SHELBURNE — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Class of 2014 gathered Sunday under hazy blue skies in the school athletic field for a send-off from family, peers and administrators who told them to listen, think for themselves and … 1

Neighbors: Students share ideas to spruce up downtown

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Recorder received letters from a couple of our younger neighbors this week, and I’d like to share a little from each of them with you. Dylan McCullough Clemente of Greenfield, who attends Pearl Rhodes Elementary School in Leyden, wrote that he believes there should be … 0

Hawley recount upholds election of Sears as selectman

Thursday, May 29, 2014

HAWLEY — Thursday afternoon’s election recount confirmed that incumbent Selectman John Sears won his re-election by a 77 to 71 vote against challenger Hussain A. Hamdan during the May 5 annual town election. According to Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton, the recount took about 45 minutes and was very … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Elementary School second-graders helping the hungry

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Dawn Kempf of Greenfield, who teaches second grade at Deerfield Elementary School, has been working with her class and the other two second-grade classes — about 60 students — for the past three years to create jewelry, which is sold to other students, as … 0

Hawley mulls effects of SJC ruling

Friday, May 23, 2014

HAWLEY — A state Supreme Court ruling in favor of a town tax-exemption for the New England Forestry Foundation — given on grounds that its 120-acre woodland in Hawley qualifies for a “charitable” exemption because it provides clean air, water filtration and absorption of carbon emissions — has … 0

Hawley election recount Thursday

Friday, May 23, 2014

HAWLEY — A voter recount is scheduled for the recent selectman’s election on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Town Office. The May 5 annual town election results were contested by selectmen’s candidate Hussain A. Hamdan, who lost the election to incumbent Selectman John Sears by six votes. … 0