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

Letter: Stacking the deck

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dec. 10th, the boards of the Mass Broadband Institute (MBI) and the Mass Technology Collaborative (MTC) met in Boston. Eric Nakajima, executive director of MBI, presented his own version of things by way of two people he had engaged to review WiredWest’s (WW) business plan. One was a … 0

Mohawk district facing $600K budget gap

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — To close a $600,000 gap between the budget the Mohawk Trail Regional School District needs and its commitment not to increase town assessments by more than 2.5 percent, the School Committee gave its member town officials … 0

New Rowe transfer station hours

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ROWE — The Rowe Refuse Gardens, which is the town’s transfer station, is changing its hours starting Saturday, Jan. 2. New hours will be Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. to noon. Wednesday hours will remain the same, 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to … 0

Planning for natural disaster help under way

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ROWE — The town is currently developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, in partnership with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Planning Department, with funding from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Once the plan is approved by FEMA and adopted by the town, … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield Cop Cards return after 15 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. Greenfield Police Department has announced the long-awaited return of Cop Cards. It’s been 15 years since the last baseball-card-style set came out, and there have been a lot of changes since then. I bet there may … 0

State releases school scores trapped in time

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Wednesday released accountability data for schools and districts. Partly thanks to an alternative standardized test muddying the waters, no area districts advanced or fell. DESE rates schools on a 1-4 … 0

Neighbors: Practice passionate and respectful discourse

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. This is probably a good time of year to remind everyone to please be kind to each other and practice civil discourse, even when you don’t see eye-to-eye on certain issues. We all share this county, this country and this planet, and being kind to each … 0

Neighbors: Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale this weekend

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Each year Girl Scout Troop 40566 holds a Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale, and this year is no different. There will be a great selection of affordable items, including Alpine skis and boots from entry level … 0

WiredWest delegates vent anger at MBI

Sunday, December 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Members of a cooperative trying to bring broadband Internet service to rural area towns are angered and confused by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s recent decision to withhold state money needed to fund the project. The state agency told towns this week not to sign WiredWest’s proposed … 0

CPR for all: Girl Scout organizes schoolwide training at Mohawk

Friday, December 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School students were all taking a little time away from their classroom studies on Thursday and Friday to learn how to save lives. This week, almost 300 Mohawk students and staff learned the … 0