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Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne is the new principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School in Worthington.

Shelburne educator hired as Worthington principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Worthington has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne to be principal of the R.H. Conwell elementary school. The School Committee was seeking a principal who had experience with multi-aged elementary classrooms and could easily communicate with others and be an active and effective advocate for the school. The new principal will lead the Conwell School when it reopens for the 2015-16 academic year. Morse-Dobosz, 41, has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and has taught in the Leyden and Hawlemont schools. She has been an educator for over 10 years, teaching kindergarten through sixth grade in both public and private … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library talk Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — Female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice of removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons, will be the topic of a discussion Sunday, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Arms Library. “FGM affects women all around the world, including more than 500,000 women in the United States,” says Grace Engelman of Conway. “It is a … 0

Creative economy survey planned for Shelburne Falls area

Friday, March 20, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — To start a new initiative called “Connecting Commerce & Community,” the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is asking artists, cultural groups and businesses within its 10 West County towns to take a survey that will help the business association determine what it can do … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hawley hosting rabies clinic, dog licensing HAWLEY — A Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Office, 8 Pudding Hollow Road. Rabies vaccinations are $20 each. Please bring prior vaccination history to receive a three-year vaccination. ResQ Microchipping will … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

Model alumni: Buckland man builds Arms Academy replica

Monday, March 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Arnold Purinton, Class of 1959, thought he knew the Arms Academy building inside and out — until he started to build a replica of his alma mater. “As many thousands of times as I’d seen … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Know the GMO

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market are taking steps to rein in genetically modified organisms — GMOs — in the wake of a member survey that said 92 percent of respondents either strongly support or support phasing out those products “as soon as operationally feasible,” and … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0