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Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns will see a collective assessment increase of 5.7 percent ($549,261) this year. Within that half-a-million-dollar … 0

Mohawk towns to vote on school district changes in annual meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Besides voting on the school budget and on school building repairs, annual town meeting voters will also decide on amendments to the 1995 Mohawk regional school agreement, that may give the district more flexibility to make both educational and money-saving changes. This week the full Mohawk Trail Regional School District voted to bring the following articles to member towns: ∎ A change … 0

Montague principal hurt in rollover in central Mass.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LEOMINSTER — The principal of Great Falls Middle School received minor injuries in a late-morning rollover accident on Route 2 Tuesday. Principal Donna Fitzpatrick, 55, and her husband, Jim Fitzpatrick, 68, both of Shelburne, were treated at Leominster’s … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

2 from China in Mohawk mix

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Tall and soft-spoken, 16-year-old Jeremy Wang from Beijing began his 10th-grade classes in August at the Mohawk Trail Regional School, leaving his cello behind in China, and taking up junior varsity basketball. Although mastering English is … 1

Charlemont’s past with Underground Railroad reflected in Sunday event

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Charlemont is thought to be one of the few towns in Massachusetts to have more than one Underground Railroad home within its borders, and, on Sunday , the Charlemont 250 Committee and the town Historical Commission will present a program about the town’s role in the … 1

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP … 0

Trolley Museum gets $10K to restore Freight House

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ever since the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum bought the historic Shelburne Falls Freight House in 2004, the old building has been a work-in-progress. But now, thanks to a $10,000 grant, volunteers will be able to … 0

Restaurant proposed for Salmon Falls building

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — During the summer of 2013, the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom building temporarily housed “The Flying Deer Diner” during Warner Bros.’ filming of “The Judge.” Now building owner and glass artist Josh Simpson is hoping to … 1

West County Notebook

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shelburne puts up barriers after sand pilfering discovered SHELBURNE — After seeing contractors’ bucket loaders scooping up sand intended for residents’ use, the selectmen agreed to put up concrete barriers Monday night, to prevent trucks from gaining access to the sand pile at the town Highway Garage in … 0

Tech School seeks support for capital projects

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Franklin County Technical School has never come to its 19 member towns for a capital improvement spending request since it was built in 1976, according to FCTS School Committee member Angus “Terry” Dun of Shelburne. But now, nearly 40 years later, the vocational school needs … 0

Letter: Cosby accusations

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

When I first read the concerned, protective article about our neighbor Bill Cosby regarding the recent accusations he is facing, I was appalled. We all recognize his generosity and yet, I thought, rape is a serious and violent crime regardless of other acts of kindness an individual has … 0