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Franklin County Technical School Superintendent Richard Martin. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class in the programming and Web design vocational shop. Superintendent Richard “Rick” Martin said the absence has been felt in the past. “A lot of our students over the years have inquired, and their parents have inquired, why don’t we have advanced placement courses, and we needed to build a foundation and to … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as he’d hoped — or did it? He’s Wildcat O’Halloran, the charming, boisterous, contemporary blues singer-songwriter … 0

Letter: Enjoying ‘Faith Matters’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have enjoyed the series, “Faith Matters.” What a better way for our local clergy to express their views than our local newspaper. In my own situation, Faith Matters was real when our minister, Julie, guided us through a very difficult time with love, kindness and faith. We, in Northfield, are fortunate to have a minister leading our congregation where faith does matter. … 0

Multicolored map leads NES students to learning

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Elementary School has new artwork on its playground — a hand-painted map of the United States. “We are always looking for interesting things to do on our playground,” Parent Teacher Organization co-chairwoman Lara Dubin said. … 0

Letter: He can do more

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I read with interest the article “State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls on Berkshire Gas to lift moratorium.” While I am pleased that the senator has called for lifting the moratorium and for Berkshire Gas to examine alternatives if Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline does not … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, … 0

‘Mainly Marathons’ hit Northfield running

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Marathoner Laura Lockett, 58, of Atlanta was born in Massachusetts while her parents were driving through and was whisked away and never returned — until she finished a marathon at Northfield Mountain Thursday. Lockett had dreamed … 0

Letter: Protect our land, rights

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rep. Garrett Bradley, D-Hingham, has filed House Bill 3690 to take and destroy conservation and recreation land in Sandisfield on behalf of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan. His legislation seeks an easement over protected conservation land to facilitate construction of the Connecticut Expansion … 2

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Letter: Need versus want

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In its evaluation of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, FERC should be considering NEED not WANT. Of course the industries constructing infrastructure and supplying the gas want to sell more. That’s their job. Of course businesses using readily available gas to keep their prices low want more gas … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

For Northfield’s Nick Fleck, poetry is all about emotion

Sunday, August 23, 2015

NORTHFIELD — With over 50 years of poetry studies under his belt, Northfield resident Nick Fleck never thought his writing — stemming from a lifelong passion — would land in the hands of a publisher. Within the 90-page … 0