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Meghan Persico, a firefighter for the Navy and the town of Warwick, watches as shipmates take a swim off the deck of the USS George HW Bush, the aircraft supercarrier on which she's stationed.
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Memorial Day service

Sunday, May 25, 2014

WARWICK — Firefighter Meghan Persico will spend her Memorial Day on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s no pleasure cruise. Persico, 20, is stationed aboard the USS George HW Bush, a Nimitz-class “supercarrier” aircraft carrier named for the country’s 41st president. She’s using some of the skills she learned at the Warwick Fire Department in her service to the country. Persico is … 0

It all adds up to staying involved with GCC

Sunday, May 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Peter Rosnick is retired, but you probably wouldn’t know it. The 63-year-old Conway educator still spends most of his days at Greenfield Community College, the place he’s worked for the past 26 years as a math teacher and dean. He taught developmental math classes this year as an adjunct faculty member … 0

Pizza just one ingredient for success

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Between them, Craig White and Robert Lindner had experience running a pizza shop, cooking at schools like Austine School for the deaf and Bement School, as well as organic farming and human services. After meeting at Tai Kwan Do class and doing business together — chef White buying organic vegetables from Lindner’s farm … 0

Transition back to civilian tough for this veteran

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the last in an occasional series of stories about the homecoming experiences of local war veterans. GREENFIELD — Shannon (Hosmer) Gamlin says it hasn’t been easy returning to a life she walked away from … 0

Happy to be outstanding in his fields

Sunday, March 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — In the early morning summer hours, before orthopedic doctor Jeffrey Hayer spends his days treating patients with arthritis, broken bones and muscle injuries, he drives to the 200-tree orchard he’s planted in Heath. On his 56 … 0

Happy to be in the local picture

Sunday, March 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There’s always another story for Tim Lindop to shoot for Montague Community Television, whether it’s this week’s selectmen’s meeting or last month’s finance board session. But Lindop has his own story — one that’s taken … 0

About Town: Students form Frontier's first Model UN Club

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For three days last month, a group of 12 Frontier Regional High School students worked for hours in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel trying to come up with solutions to poverty in South Africa, the … 0

Colrain Ambulance driven to serve

Sunday, March 2, 2014

COLRAIN — On March 5, 2008 — when the Colrain Volunteer Ambulance Association received its new, $172,000 four-wheel-drive ambulance — Director Gary Ponce challenged ambulance volunteers to answer at least 100 emergency calls in a row, with two … 0

Keeping sharp eye on details

Sunday, February 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Jeff Dome had barely taken two steps inside one of the rooms being constructed at the new Greenfield High School when he paused, stopping to look at a red valve set up against one of the … 0

After 57 years, firefighter set to retire

Sunday, February 2, 2014

WENDELL — Chief Everett Ricketts is reaching the end of 57 years of service on the town’s fire department. Ricketts joined the Wendell Fire Department in 1957, and became chief in 1976. Now 77, Ricketts will retire at … 0

Whately man on the run for statewide office

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WHATELY — See Edwards run. Wayland. Marlborough. West Roxbury. Acton. Run, run, run, Jonathan Edwards. Run for lieutenant governor. The four-term selectman’s first try at seeking statewide office, after working on the campaigns of Congressman John W. Olver, … 0

Cloud lifts students’ computer work

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — At Frontier Regional School, Gabe Chapley, 17, of Deerfield is creating a production about modern technology using animation software. And David Esch, 14, of Deerfield is making a game using a computer coding program. The students are part of the multimedia courses taught by instructional … 0

About Town: Wrapped up in the Bridge of Flowers

Sunday, January 12, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — About 30,000 visitors a year come to the Bridge of Flowers and most of them come with cameras. On peak summer weekends, there are times when you have to weave through throngs of people snapping photos of the bridge or close-ups of its blossoms. The … 0

Giving a notorious descendant a voice

Sunday, January 5, 2014

WENDELL — It’s been more than 40 years since Kathy-Ann Becker felt the spring thaw tingle beneath her feet during a lunch-break walk from her job in Northampton’s Forbes Library. It came with a disturbing sense that something was very wrong. “A woman stood here in great pain” … 0

Stewardship plan for Pioneer property

Sunday, December 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Former high school science teacher John Lepore spent 1,600 hours crafting a plan for the Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 90-acre property. “It wasn’t work; it was fun,” Lepore told the School Committee when he presented a summary of the plan. Lepore volunteered nearly a year’s worth … 0