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Students would prep for Mohawk

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — To be sure future tuition-paying students from China could flourish at Mohawk Trail Regional School, Mohawk is working on a “2 plus 1” agreement with its sister schools in China. The arrangement would give prospective Chinese students two years of Mohawk’s curriculum within an English-speaking classroom in their home school, before they come to Mohawk for their senior high school year. School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti said the Chinese-based, … 0

His days all along the watchtower

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SHELBURNE — Looking out the window all day at work might result in a reprimand for most, but it’s exactly what Herman “Butch” Meattey is paid to do. Meattey keeps a watchful eye over the county from the Shelburne fire tower on Mount Massamet, about 1,695 feet above sea level. It’s one of … 0

Letter: Pipeline dangers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To landowners who might be approached for permission to let the pipeline run through their land, I say, “If you value your land and the resources it represents, you’d better say ‘NO.’” There are so many reasons to send Kinder Morgan packing I can only name a few. Remember when they said it would never happen? What about the Exxon Valdez and BP … 0

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

Letter: Historical perspective

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Underscoring Tip O’Neill’s classic observation that “all politics is local,” Chris Collins opines in his Valentine’s Day column that “Those who believe that the current Greenfield Town Council is in Albert Norman’s back pocket got a big piece of ammunition this week.” He then reports that the “sprawl-buster” … 0

Deck work

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In this feature photo, workers suspend scaffolding from the Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls on Wednesday to inspect and repair components. (Recorder/Paul Franz) … 0

May schools share space?

Monday, March 10, 2014

With dwindling enrollments, both Frontier and Mohawk Trail regional school districts are exploring possible town use of unused school space, as a way to offset operating costs. State law and education officials that govern how schools can be … 3

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

‘No idea who they’re dealing with’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — The controversy over hydrofracking of shale gas came home to western Massachusetts Wednesday night, with a meeting hosted by Climate Action Now of Western Mass. to organize against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. “These people have no idea who they’re dealing with,” said meeting organizer Susan … 1

Officials seek answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Even as environmental groups begin weighing in on plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline planned through Franklin and Berkshire counties, regional planners and state legislators are seeking answers about the process for siting a 179-mile conduit between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, just north of Lowell. Officials in nine … 0

Shelburne arsonist gets state prison

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local man was sentenced to state prison for burning down his ex-wife’s Shelburne home. Jeremiah Longe, 33, of 41 Norwood St., pleaded guilty to a single count of arson of a dwelling in Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0