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

Letter: Free speech

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I think freedom of speech is a precious thing. Always there, whether in a democracy or a dictatorship, available to each of us, immutable. In the former, protected by right as law, in the latter subject to censure, torture or death. In a democracy the weak can speak … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Neighbors: Learn about how state government works

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Have you always wanted to learn more about our state government and how it works? State Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be holding the 74th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on April 28 (my birthday) and April 29 from … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

No injuries in early morning blaze

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WENDELL — Flames claimed a home on Davis Turn Road in the frigid early hours of Wednesday morning, but fire officials say no one was home to be hurt in the blaze. State Fire Marshal’s spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Fire destroys Wendell home, resident spared

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WENDELL — Fire destroyed a home on Davis Turn Road in the frigid early hours of Wednesday morning but no one was hurt according to investigators. Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the state’s fire marshal, said a resident of 24 Davis Turn Road was away at the time of … 0

Haggerty picked for Union 28 superintendent

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ERVING — If she takes the job, Jennifer Haggerty of Fitchburg will soon begin work as superintendent of the Erving, Leverett, Shutesbury, New Salem and Wendell elementary schools. The Union 28 Joint Supervisory Committee voted 9-4 to offer the job to Haggerty after four hours of interviews and … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0