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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

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, … 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 … 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 … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buckland selectmen move meeting to Wednesday BUCKLAND — Due to the anticipated snowstorm, the Board of Selectmen has canceled today’s meeting. Instead, the selectmen will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Mary Lyon gets Staples’ grant for computer upgrade SHELBURNE FALLS — The Mary … 0

Letter: Knew it was coming

Monday, January 26, 2015

RE: “Nuke job losses will hurt” (Dec. 26, 2014): Of course, but with headlines like these in the mainstream press, one of the many facts about nuclear power generation are distorted or omitted. What is the big deal? These jobs were finite at the beginning (20 years). The … 0

Ashfield man aims to buy Lamson buildings

Friday, January 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — An Ashfield resident has offered to buy most of the Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. complex for $1.3 million, pending the outcome of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing scheduled for Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Letter: Ticket to ride

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Having lived around here for over half a century, I was amazed to learn via The Recorder (Jan.13) that Greenfield is an “exquisitely disenfranchised place.” I did not know that. Praise the LORD that we have such an informative newspaper. Yes, you cannot easily buy Amtrak train tickets. … 0