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Hannah, 9, and her mother Heather Loomis back from skiing down empty Shelburne Falls streets.  Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

Shelburne Falls plays in the snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ski tracks marked the unblemished snow on unshoveled sidewalks along Main Street Tuesday morning, as residents awoke to a few inches of powdery, to-die-for snow and the governor’s orders to do no driving. Hannah Chase, 9, and her mother, Heather Loomis, skied from their home down Water Street, looping through the parking lot behind Keystone Market, down to Mechanic Street. “The snow was great,” said Loomis. “We saw kids in the green (between Main and Water streets) making snowmen and throwing snowballs. But it was like a ghost town.” “I’m kind of disappointed, honestly,” added Loomis. “I was really looking forward to … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 0

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, … 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

Solar panels eyed for Hawlemont

Monday, January 19, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If all goes as hoped, the “greening up” of Hawlemont Regional School won’t just be about its new agriculture-based curriculum, it will also be about “green” energy. According to School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, the school is … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

Letter: Where peace begins

Monday, January 19, 2015

Terrorism: a dominant theme in the news that is rousing defiant reactions of people claiming their right to freedom of speech. But with freedom comes responsibility, and a little wisdom wouldn’t go amiss. Yes, we have a right to hurl abusive language and insult our neighbor. Will it … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Chilly out and chili in

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — It was chilly and rainy enough outdoors, but 14 pots of hot meat and peppers had faces sweating in the Shelburne Falls Eagles hall Sunday evening. With the usual venue in Charlemont unavailable, the 19th … 0

Shelburne replies to gas pipeline info request

Friday, January 16, 2015

SHELBURNE — After receiving a written request for environmental information from a consultant for the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., the Planning Board voted this week to send a response saying that all the requested public data is available in the town offices or online. The letter came … 0

Mohawk Long Range study group to present plan for cost savings Wednesday

Friday, January 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — After nearly two years of study, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Long-Range Planning Committee will recommend how this district — big in size but small in enrollment — might cut its education costs at a public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Mohawk Trail … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0