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Ralph C. Mahar and Orange schools

Class officers of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School's Class of 2014 gesture to their diplomas during graduation ceremonies on Friday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

Mahar grads exhorted to ‘lead by example’

Friday, June 6, 2014

ORANGE — The graduating class, wearing blue and red, at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School took their seats outdoors under clear skies, after a ceremonious entrance. Friends, family, faculty and graduates were welcomed by the school’s Principal Ishmael Tabales before rising as the Star Spangled Banner played, beginning the night’s commencement exercises. First to address the crowd was Superintendent of … 0

10 local teachers win awards

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ten Franklin County teachers will receive Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards on Tuesday to commemorate their impact on children. The awards, given out annually since 2003, honor 140 teachers from 35 different communities for their commitment to children in their schools. Franklin and Hampshire County recipients, nominated and selected by their own school districts, will receive their honors during an evening ceremony … 0

Roundtable discussion next step for dam at Mahar

Friday, May 2, 2014

ORANGE — A meeting of local engineers along with the consulting engineers seems to be the next step in determining the fate of the Mahar Regional School dam. Several engineering experts brought to the project voluntarily by concerned citizen Carl Sauter weighed in at the Finance and Facilities meeting this week at Mahar. Sauter, a field service engineer at Rodney Hunt Co., who … 0

Garlic and Arts Festival awards $10,000 in grants

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has given out about $10,000 in grants to support local food and arts projects in 2013 and 2014. Part of the festival’s mission is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of the region. Through its grants, the festival’s … 0

Mahar wants 2.7% hike to budget

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School member towns will be asked at annual town meetings this spring to pay $12,055,791 for next academic year. That’s a 2.7 percent budget increase. Teachers’ salaries and a new transportation contract take up a large portion of the increase, with smaller items … 0

Plans to vote on Mahar Dam postponed

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — The dam at Mahar Regional School has been the subject of debate since a 2009 inspection gave it a poor report card. The state Office of Dam Safety told the school district that the dam needed to be repaired, breached or removed. The school district has … 0

Mahar sees 2.7% budget hike request

Friday, March 28, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School’s new superintendent would like a 2.7 percent budget increase for next school year. A public hearing on the budget request will be held on Tuesday in the school’s Library-Media Center at 7 p.m. The spending plan, presented by new Superintendent Tari N. … 0

Mahar’s 8th cancer walk planned for Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

ORANGE — The eighth annual Mahar Cancer Walk will take place on Oct. 19. The charity raises money for gasoline cards for cancer patients who must travel out of town for therapy. The walk will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Mahar Regional School track … 0

Union 28 supt. tapped for new job in eastern Mass.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

ERVING — Joan Wickman, the seven-year superintendent of Union 28 schools, is in contract negotiations to take a new job as superintendent-principal of a public PreK-grade 8 school in Carlisle. The Carlisle School Committee voted unanimously late last week to appoint Wickman to the post, according to a … 0

Lawyers working on agreement for Mahar teacher

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ORANGE — Lawyers for the Mahar Regional School Committee and suspended teacher Michael Magee were negotiating a resolution to the controversial disciplinary case Tuesday following a highly charged hearing Monday night. School Committee Chairwoman Cara Deane said Tuesday that nothing has been decided yet and that lawyers for … 0

Teacher alleges unfair treatment by Mahar supt.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ORANGE — A Mahar Regional High School social studies teacher says he was suspended without cause and without pay for 21 days. Now Michael Magee is speaking out against the unfair treatment he said he received from outgoing Superintendent Michael Baldassarre, and plans to take his appeal to … 0