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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 to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, for six hours. They plan to make … 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 month for $249,413 from Dena G. Willmore and Martha J. Thurber of Buckland Center Partners … 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 to follow her youthful dreams of independence as a dancer in France. Years later, she … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Shelburne selectmen to hear wireless Internet plan

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SHELBURNE — An Ashfield man with a start-up Internet business will be meeting with the Board of Selectmen next month to discuss a proposal to set up a “fixed wireless” Internet service for people living within the unserved, rural Patten Hill district of Shelburne Center. Christopher Gray, doing … 0

Minor injuries for driver in rollover on Mohawk Trail

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SHELBURNE — A driver who rolled her SUV over on the Mohawk Trail on Tuesday was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. State police responded to the crash at about 4:40 p.m., in the area of the Mohawk Shops. Trooper John Haidousis said the female driver had … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Letter: That Grand Old Party

Sunday, June 15, 2014

This is a response to Ed Fleming’s recent letter to the editor titled “Fascinating reading.” In his piece about the upcoming elections in Greenfield he states that Mark Wisnewski’s supporters and cohorts have been talking about Isaac Mass and the evils of the Republican Party (and, by assumption, … 0

Letter: Walmart questions

Sunday, June 15, 2014

In addition to getting the facts before making a decision about a big box store, as the header on Lynn Waldron’s excellent letter in the May 30 Recorder states, I suggest that proponents of Walmart let the public know of their answers to these few questions: ∎ What … 0

Mohawk Supt. ranked ‘proficient’

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Superintendent gets graded by school board BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee ranked its school superintendent as “proficient,” under a new evaluation system that included both a checklist on various superintendent skills and a comment portion on the superintendent’s performances and goals. As has been … 0

Metaphor Yarns changing course

Friday, June 13, 2014

SHELBURNE — Metaphor Yarns closes shop on Sunday , but will expand its “metaphorical shop” online, offering classes, knitting kits, knitting circles and even “pop-up” stores in Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, from time to time. Although the 623 … 0

Mohawk enrolls first Chinese student

Friday, June 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School has enrolled its first Chinese student for the coming school year. According to the meeting minutes of a School Committee session, Mohawk has its first tuition-paying Chinese student, who will be joining Mohawk as a sophomore. His name was not given, but … 0

Mohawk hires new school business administrator

Friday, June 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Kociela of Montague, currently director of Finance and Operations for Erving School Union 28, will become the Mohawk-Hawlemont regional school districts’ new school business administrator in August. His hiring was announced Wednesday at the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee. Before joining Union 28 in … 0