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Rapid progress is being made on building the Rowe Elementary School, which is expected to open in August. Submitted photo.

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 and destroyed by fire in August 2012, but the fundraiser is for items not covered by the town’s insurance payments, said Susan Samoriski, executive director of the Mary Lyon Foundation, which raises money for education for nine West County towns. “This is on the heels of six other highly successful capital campaigns … 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

Selectman’s race set for Hawley May 5 ballot

Friday, April 11, 2014

HAWLEY — Two familiar names will be on the May 5 annual town election ballot, each vying for a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent John F. Sears, who was elected last February to finish the term of the late Selectman Richard Desmarais, is running for his first three-year term on the board. Also running is Hussain A. Hamdan, a former … 0

Tech budget up 5.4%, cuts art program

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee Wednesday night approved a preliminary budget up $518,917, with an uncharacteristic 5.4 percent increase to the sum requested from member towns, and went on to cut the art program to make room for two new classrooms. Business Manager Russ … 0

Storm cancels meetings

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rowe School meetings rescheduled due to storm ROWE — Tonight’s Rowe school budget hearing and School Committee meeting have been canceled in anticipation of the snowstorm and will be held instead next Thursday. The public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal will be held at 5:30 … 0

Neighbors: Lots leading up to Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have to say that I was happy to see the snow fall this week. Franklin County looks so fresh and clean and children of all ages are having so much fun. My daughter and son-in-law couldn’t wait to get on their snowmobiles Thursday night — … 0

Snowmobilers, skiers rejoice

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

While many people lamented the wet, heavy snowstorm on Wednesday with shovels and salt in their hands, snowmobilers across Franklin County rejoiced, hoping to rev their engines across hundreds of miles of white-blanketed trails this weekend. With only … 0

Feeding young minds

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Shaggy” was born Jan. 24, in the barn of Erwin Reynolds Sr. — on a night so cold that its mother abandoned both her newborn lambs. When Reynolds found Shaggy and his sister the next morning, … 0

Task force calls for wide distribution of Narcan

Friday, January 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — When police arrive at the scene of a heroin or prescription pill overdose they have one option: try to keep the patient breathing until the EMTs or paramedics arrive. Soon, Athol police hope to have a more proactive option in the form of a small syringe … 0

Mohawk budget up 2 percent

Friday, January 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has had its first presentation of a $17.7 million budget request but teachers, school parents and students are already questioning staffing changes that have come up in recent budget discussions. The budget proposal represents a 2 percent increase, but … 0

Mohawk evacuated for electrical fire

Friday, January 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — School ended at 9:15 a.m. Friday for Mohawk Trail Regional School students and teachers, as Buckland Fire Department firefighters and school electricians looked for the source of an acrid electrical burning odor that grew stronger throughout the morning. Superintendent Michael Buoniconti said the building was evacuated … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club of Greenfield needs help

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you remember when Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden was filled with Girl Scouts attending summer camp — you may have been one of them. Sadly, the stone building has fallen into disrepair over the years, but the Girls Club … 1

Gas co. proposes new pipeline through Franklin County

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A natural gas pipeline is being proposed to run through several Franklin County towns. Residents in Shelburne and Montague have been contacted by representatives from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. with plans for a proposed 250-mile project in Massachusetts. While there is no application with detailed maps that … 0