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Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Falls Cable seeks volunteers, more local shows

Monday, November 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After investing $60,000 in new television and broadcasting equipment, Falls Cable TV Corp. is seeking volunteers and ideas for more shows about the local community. Besides broadcasting selectmen’s meetings, this local-access cable station also airs programs that give a slice-of-life from West County. For instance, residents who grew up on … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

The doctor is in, again, in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, October 30, 2014

By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff SHELBURNE FALLS — The home-based office of Dr. Heyman Oxman, busy from the 1940s to the early 1960s, once again has a doctor in it: Stefan Topolski, MD. Trailside Health and its non-profit … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0

Smashing pumpkins for a good cause

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SHELBURNE — What do you do with your jack-o’-lanterns once Halloween is over? On Saturday, you can take them up to Hager’s Farm Stand, where they’ll go out in a blaze of glory — smashed to bits from the heights of a scissor-lift truck by local disc jockeys … 0

Kulik: Cites his veteran clout to push rural issue

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eleven-term state incumbent Rep. Stephen Kulik, who’s seeking re-election to his First Franklin District seat in the Nov. 4 election, says that even though he’s risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “small town and rural values … 0

Korpita: State government needs to be more proactive

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A newcomer to politics, Deerfield Republican Dylan Korpita is trying to unseat veteran First Franklin District legislator Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, a 35-year-old former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New … 3

Regional Notebook

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Falls business breakfast Friday SHELBURNE FALLS — The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association holds its Fall Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Friday, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. The agenda will include annual elections, outlining our goals for 2015, highlighting business accomplishments … 0

Letter: He’s a keeper

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I spent over 20 years beating my head against a wall for western Massachusetts in the Legislature. I wish I was as successful as Steve Kulik has been. Boston held out a carrot for us to regionalize our local schools. They were going to incentivize regionalization by fully … 0

Letter: Keep gas tax index

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I am voting “no” to keep gas tax index to Consumer Price Index. The Recorder’s recent argument in favor of the question, and it is their sole reason, is that it is “taxation without representation.” What? How can that be? It was a bill voted on by our … 0

Hager’s alarm repels burglars

Monday, October 27, 2014

SHELBURNE — Improved security paid off for Hager’s Farm Market late Sunday night, when alarms sent would-be burglars packing. “Two people pushed the window out and came into the store. They didn’t get anything, luckily we had prepared ourselves for that because we were broken into earlier this … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have … 0