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Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and instruments, saws and hand tools. Representatives from … 0

E-cycling

Monday, April 21, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In April 2015, a group of Frontier Regional High School students will stay in Ireland for nine days. But before they can do that, they each need to raise $2,800. To benefit the trip, the students are having an electronics recycling drop-off event on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school. Technology teacher Kevin Murphy is … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, … 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

Frontier requests money to repair tennis courts

Monday, March 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Before cracks split and splinter the tennis courts at Frontier Regional School and render them unsafe and unusable, the Frontier Regional School Committee is requesting $32,999 in Community Preservation Act money from its four feeder towns to repair the community recreation spot. Superintendent Martha Barrett … 0

Whately to hold hearing again on farm stands, pot

Sunday, March 2, 2014

WHATELY — Residents are asked to reconvene in March to weigh in on proposed medical marijuana siting and farm stand bylaws due to an error in advertising the public hearing. The Planning Board scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday in Town Hall, but because it did not post … 0

Whately highway employees can serve as firefighters

Friday, February 28, 2014

WHATELY — Whately Highway Department employees who are trained firefighters in other towns will now be able to help fight fires in Whately. On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen adopted a new policy that would allow highway department employees, with the approval of the highway superintendent, to leave … 0

Frontier district prepping for enrollment drop

Friday, February 28, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the next decade, there is projected to be 300 fewer students enrolled in the Frontier Regional School and its four feeder schools — a finding that has spurred school leaders to take a serious look at school and municipal space needs in southern Franklin … 1

Yankee Candle lays off employees, restructures

Friday, February 28, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — This week, Yankee Candle Co. laid off some salaried employees at its South Deerfield corporate headquarters, but the company hopes to move most of the employees into new positions as part of a restructuring. President and CEO Harlen Kent said Yankee notified employees Thursday. Kent … 0

School Choice: Is it worth it for Frontier?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Since the early 1990s, Frontier Regional School and its feeder schools have allowed out-of-town students to enroll. But now, school leaders are questioning whether participating in the School Choice program is really cost effective. “We’re … 2

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0

Franklin County Tech School to host community college panel Wednesday

Monday, February 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School will host its first ever community college panel discussion Wednesday night, and the public is invited to attend. Originally developed as an informational event for the school’s upperclassmen and parents, school officials decided to expand it for the entire community, said … 0