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Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls carries a new friend she made this summer at a Lakota Indian reservation in South Dakota. Submitted photo.

Mohawk teenager’s summer to remember

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls how she spent her summer vacation, and she’s likely to tell you one of three things: 1) She spent two weeks rooting out invasive plant species from the shores of Peddocks Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. 2) She traveled to South Korea as a student ambassador of the United Church of Christ (UCC) summer camp, staying with Korean families. 3) She helped to build a new house and met teenagers in the extremely poor Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. Quite a summer for this Mohawk Trail Regional School senior, … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate of state regional school transportation aid. To address this, the Mohawk district may ask member … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll see you there! The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

God’s stories in a new light

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — For the past year, Mark Liebowitz, Nancy Katz and David Punches have been working to tell the Genesis/Biblical creation story within 32 panels of stained glass for a Closter, N.J., synagogue. Soon, they will begin … 0

Lamson and Goodnow Mfg. takes stock in busy week

Friday, August 29, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson and Goodnow Manufacturing facilities on Conway Street were bustling Friday morning — two weeks after filing for bankruptcy — with the outlet store filled with customers and a few salaried workers in a warehouse, … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Mohawk looks again at under-used buildings

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has asked new school Business Administrator Michael Kociela for a school building study “to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure.” This new study comes after continuing reports on declining enrollment trends and a superintendent’s report a few years ago asserting the … 0

Mohawk won’t use state bus aid to cut this year’s assessments

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Chairman Robert Aeschback says the school board can’t reduce this year’s town assessments for the Mohawk school district, just because the state provided more aid than anticipated for busing this school … 0