Wendell

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed first in the computer animation team category. … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western Massachusetts, hundreds of dollars in retroactive charges this winter. “I think that’s great,” said Richard … 0

Letter: Capitalism

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I would talk about capitalism, if I may. Despite its popular liberal vilification (a counter-productive argument, as I hope to prove) capitalism is, ipso facto, human nature. To utilize capital, one must first obtain it. And then, with foresight, invest it. Basic economics, right? Make no mistake, whether in Hitler’s “socialism” (hah!) or Stalin’s “communism” (hah!) or Jefferson’s “democracy” (hah?) capitalism, (an economic … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Letter: Wheels falling off

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The wheels are coming off the rickshaw and the big stories in the news are: “K-Cups are not biodegradable, therefore should be banned.” “Children should not be allowed to walk to the park unattended” and Battleship Hillary is ready for commissioning. K-Cups not biodegradable? Gad, give me a … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

The language of Ireland explored in Wendell

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WENDELL — Everyone’s happy to be Irish for a day in March, as far as wearing green and drinking beer goes, but centuries of English domination have left the language of the country and the culture on the … 0

Wendell resident celebrates 100

Sunday, March 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — Adam Drozdowski of Wendell on Sunday celebrated a century of life begun in 1915. “The first 100 was the hardest,” Drozdowski said, laughing. “From now on, it will be easy.” Drozdowski’s first 100 years included service … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Agricultural plastics recycling program up and running

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Four Franklin County transfer stations now accept agricultural plastics free, according to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. The Waste Management District implemented the program with Massachusetts Community Innovation Challenge Grant and Mass. Department of Environmental Protection grant money. Franklin County farmers may drop off plastics at … 0