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A grocery store worker lines up a row of grocery carts in the snowy store parking lot on Monday  in Cranberry, Butler County, Pa. The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a potentially history-making storm that could unload a paralyzing 1 to 3 feet of snow.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough canned food to get her through. “It’s New England, we gotta expect this,” she said, as schools, government and social agencies and … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the company doesn’t expect last year’s closure of its Greenfield service center … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its target. Franklin County could see as much as 2 feet of snow when it’s over … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buckland selectmen move meeting to Wednesday BUCKLAND — Due to the anticipated snowstorm, the Board of Selectmen has canceled today’s meeting. Instead, the selectmen will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Mary Lyon gets Staples’ grant for computer upgrade SHELBURNE FALLS — The Mary … 0

Letter: Knew it was coming

Monday, January 26, 2015

RE: “Nuke job losses will hurt” (Dec. 26, 2014): Of course, but with headlines like these in the mainstream press, one of the many facts about nuclear power generation are distorted or omitted. What is the big deal? These jobs were finite at the beginning (20 years). The … 0

Ashfield man aims to buy Lamson buildings

Friday, January 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — An Ashfield resident has offered to buy most of the Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. complex for $1.3 million, pending the outcome of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing scheduled for Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Letter: Ticket to ride

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Having lived around here for over half a century, I was amazed to learn via The Recorder (Jan.13) that Greenfield is an “exquisitely disenfranchised place.” I did not know that. Praise the LORD that we have such an informative newspaper. Yes, you cannot easily buy Amtrak train tickets. … 0

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because … 0

MCAS in China?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — What does Massachusetts public education have that China doesn’t? MCAS, for one thing. But the superintendent of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is seeking special legislation that would make it possible for Chinese secondary education students to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam … 0

New open space plan lays out 7-year goals for Shelburne

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne has a commercial village center, a historic district, farmland and forests, but when residents were queried about what they want most for the town’s future, they overwhelming said they want to preserve its rural character, … 0

Mohawk Notebook

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mohawk seeks ‘level service’ budget BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District committee has been given a budget preview, calling for an $18 million spending plan, which Superintendent Michael Buoniconti says will provide “level services” for Mohawk students. The $18.1 million budget represents a 2.4 percent overall … 0

Talks planned for Mohawk-Rowe membership

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ROWE — The Rowe School Committee has voted to discuss the prospect of re-joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, as a Grade 7 through 12 member, ending a 32-year separation between the town and the high school district. The vote was two in favor, with committee member … 0