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All the region’s a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me to The Shea in Turners Falls, three … 0

Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is cutting its Chinese Program due to low student interest and budget pressure,” said School Superintendent … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Heath to explore school changes, including closure, separation from Mohawk

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BUCKLAND — While the Mohawk Trail Regional School District faces rising costs and declining enrollment, one of its smallest member towns is reassessing how best to educate its children and be cost-effective — even if that means taking its elementary school out of the Mohawk District. Town officials … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rowe approves all special town meeting spending requests ROWE — Special town meeting voters quickly approved all spending requests Monday night, buying firefighters 20 new pagers, a used vehicle to bring equipment to the scene of a fire or accident, and DVD training materials that will save local … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Letter: Separate facts, opinion

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The facts are these: Several town counsels reviewed the WiredWest operating agreement and, after minor amendments, deemed it sound. The people of Wired est are seasoned veterans of senior positions in management. Columbia Telecommunications Corporation (CTC), a company that specializes in these matters and which brings to the … 0

Fire equipment sought in Rowe town meeting

Friday, January 8, 2016

ROWE — New firefighter pagers, training materials, medical equipment and the purchase of a used emergency support vehicle are on Monday’s special town meeting warrant. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Rowe Elementary School. The town is asking to spend $2,409 from its “free … 0

Letter: Network plans

Friday, January 8, 2016

Chris Morris from Otis wrote that savings from a regionally operated network such as WiredWest’s proposed model will not result in substantial savings. This is what Otis has been told by MBI and Crocker; however, it’s not true. As an individual town, Otis will have to subcontract maintenance, … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Letter: Holiday made brighter

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thank you TRIAD for making the holiday sweet for shut-ins. M. ARLENE ANDOGNINI Rowe … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0