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Science teacher Samantha Lydiard, at right,  gives middle school students from China their first taste of maple syrup on their first day of summer school at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. 
(Recorder/Diane Broncaccio)

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a tour of the grounds as the students … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

Heath to discuss new safety complex Tuesday

Sunday, July 20, 2014

HEATH — The first informational meeting to discuss a proposed new Public Safety Municipal Complex proposed for the intersection of Bray and Colrain Stage roads will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Community Hall. Members of the Committee will be there as well as a representative from Reinhardt Associates to present information and answer questions. … 0

Heath OKs green burial, Mohawk budget

Sunday, May 11, 2014

HEATH — Pleased with a town spending plan that came in nearly $24,000 below this year’s town spending, with a 20-cent decrease on the town tax rate, annual town meeting voters swiftly approved all spending requests on next year’s $1.9 million fiscal budget, including the town’s FY 2015 … 0

No contests in Heath election

Friday, May 9, 2014

HEATH — Several elected officials were voted back into office in a no-contest town election Friday. Despite the lack of a contest, 59 of the town’s 499 registered voters, or 11.8 percent, cast ballots. All were elected to three-year terms unless otherwise noted. They are: Board of Assessors, … 0

‘Green burial,’ town complex, broadband on Heath town meeting

Thursday, May 8, 2014

HEATH — The right to have “green” burials in town cemeteries, and the search for a site for a town Public Safety Complex is on the warrant for Saturday’s annual town meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Heath Elementary School. For the budget year that begins … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Inn named one of “best” by Yankee Magazine

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We live in such a wonderful area, with some of the best restaurants, motels, attractions and events, and many of them have been chosen by Yankee Magazine as “best.” This year, it’s the Deerfield Inn that … 0

Annual Bike Week rolls in Saturday

Thursday, May 8, 2014

As sure as tulips and native asparagus, a true sign of spring in Franklin County is bicycling — and the annual bike week celebration, which occurs next week. Bike Week, part of a statewide bicycling celebration partnership between … 0

Summer hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The summer schedule is about to begin for the regional household hazardous waste drop-off sites around the county. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain, and Conway. Any resident in a town belonging to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District may use these locations to dispose … 0

Neighbors: This week filled with events and activities

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have so much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. WISHING WILES WE WORK Relay for Life Team will hold a spaghetti, sausage and homemade meatballs dinner on Wednesday at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St. in Greenfield … 0

10 local teachers win awards

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ten Franklin County teachers will receive Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards on Tuesday to commemorate their impact on children. The awards, given out annually since 2003, honor 140 teachers from 35 different communities for their commitment to children in their schools. Franklin and Hampshire County recipients, nominated … 0

Neighbors: Buddy Baseball celebrates 20 years

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. It was 20 years ago that our neighbor Pam Roberts, along with her son Thomas, approached the Greenfield Recreation Department with the idea of offering a baseball program to children with disabilities. Christy Moore, the town’s … 0

Neighbors: Local genealogists solve family mysteries, Thursdays at 6

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hello neighbor. I would like to apologize to you if you have been inconvenienced by my continued absence. I have been out with a back problem that is slowly getting better, but is not quite there yet. If you have something pressing that needs to be published, please … 0