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

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

Leverett to vote on drone limits

Monday, April 21, 2014

Town meeting in Leverett will consider a resolution calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations on foreign soil and to enact regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft in the United States. It would ask U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. James McGovern to bring forward legislation “to end the practice of … 0

Community Action offering free tax prep

Friday, January 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Anti-poverty organization Community Action will again offer free tax preparation this year for low- and moderate-income residents in Franklin and Hampshire counties. The free service, which requires an appointment, will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Feb. 4 through April 15. Community Action has … 0

Neighbors: Little too cold, but good week anyway

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. Except for the bitter cold temperatures this week — just a little too cold for my liking — it has been a pretty good one. My dad is feeling better, 2½-year-old grandson Justin is growing bigger every day and coming out with some of those great … 0

Making the call for a snow day

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Winter is definitively here and with it the morning suspense on snowy days as children wait with fingers crossed to hear they won’t have classes and parents wait to learn whether they will have to make child care arrangements or brave semi-plowed streets. Someone will … 0

Neighbors: Several recognized for work

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Lots of exciting news coming out of Turners Falls today. First, the town’s very own Sonya Lamonakis has been named one of What’s The 411 TV’s “25 Most Interesting People of 2013.” Sonya, 39, who was born on a small Greek island and adopted by Stephen … 0

Neighbors: Don’t be too quick to judge

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to be brief today because I’ve talked about this before, but something happened recently and it reminded me that we should all be reminded every so often that we are all, for the most part, doing the best we can. Some people volunteer more … 0

Tech School win prizes in SkillsUSA conference

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Fifteen Franklin County Technical School students participated in the SkillsUSA Fall State Leadership Conference this year in Marlborough and won a variety of prizes. The students competed with 579 of their peers from schools throughout Massachusetts, according to the school. Students competed in a variety … 0

Leverett eases regs for solar array

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LEVERETT — Town voters have allowed installation of a solar array on land between Leverett Elementary School and the Public Safety Complex. The required zoning changes, approved by 150 voters in a special town meeting Tuesday, were needed because the array is a 15-kilowatt, ground-mounted system and will … 0

Leverett employee sickened by CO

Friday, January 10, 2014

LEVERETT — A malfunctioning furnace in Town Hall set off alarms and filled the building with high levels of carbon monoxide early New Year’s Day, sickening one employee who was at work there and triggering a response from the town’s Fire Department. The Selectboard discussed the incident Tuesday … 0

Wendell man to lead area Masons

Thursday, January 9, 2014

WENDELL — Douglas C. Finn of Wendell has become a district deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts and will preside over five lodges in the 26th Masonic District for the year. Over 30,000 … 0

Neighbors: Ready for a warm-up?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. It has been a frigid week, but it appears we’re going to warm up for the weekend. Temperatures are supposed to rise into the 30s today and 40s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Toasty! January is the month of the Full Wolf Moon, which will appear … 0