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Mohawk Trail Regional School science teacher Kathleen Stier with a colleague at the AP Summer Institute in Harbin, China. 
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Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to teach Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome mat that awaited us upon our arrival,” … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

‘Historical’ tag sale planned COLRAIN — The Colrain Historical Society is asking friends and neighbors to root through attics, closets and drawers for choice items to contribute to the tag sale the society will hold at the G. William Pitt House over the Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will support the … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight week session, however many classes will be prorated until they are full. The Y has … 0

Reps. Mark, Kulik voice opposition to gas pipeline

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five more western Massachusetts legislators have come out publicly against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, along with Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, issued a joint written statement Friday declaring their opposition to … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans … 0

Sweetheart Restaurant sold, to become possible art center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The historic Sweetheart Restaurant building may soon become a multicultural performing arts and learning center for visiting American and Latin American artists, musicians, actors and writers. Maurcia Alvarez of Wayland bought the vacant building this … 0

Ashfield author reading at Boswell’s Thursday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Susan Reimer-Torn, author of “Maybe Not Such a Good Girl,” will read from her new book at Boswell’s Books on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. “Maybe Not such a Good Girl” describes the author’s leaving her Orthodox Jewish religion and family in New York … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. … 0

It’s showtime: Memorial Hall has new screen for films, opera

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The new state-of-the art movie screen was installed by volunteers this week — just in time for this weekend’s showing of the 1987 film “Moonstruck” at Pothole Pictures and for this fall’s season of the … 0

Yoga, writing workshop for those diagnosed with cancer

Monday, July 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Twenty years ago, Pam Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every week through treatment and rehabilitation, Roberts attended a writing workshop, where she found that no matter what prompt was given, she’d write about her … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

West County still ‘on hold’ for cell coverage

Friday, July 18, 2014

Among its historic artifacts, Rowe has two that may someday cause younger generations to scratch their heads in wonder: The first is a red phone booth outside Town Hall. The second is a pay phone installed on the Town Hall exterior. The picturesque phone booth is empty because … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the … 0