Gill and Montague Notebook

Pre-K open house set for Wednesday

TURNERS FALLS — Parents are invited to meet the teachers Wednesday at the preschool newly established in the Great Falls Middle School.

Kathleen Adams, principal of Gill Elementary School and coordinator of the district’s early childhood program, said the program has been doing well in its new location and intends to extend hours into the afternoon. The preschool currently has 20 students, distributed over a schedule of two, three or five half days a week, under the care of two teachers and an aid.

The preschool was moved from Montague Elementary, which retains two preschool classrooms, to the combined middle school and high school this school year, allowing high school child development students to help in the classroom.

Classes run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., with a noon to 3 p.m. session planned for the coming year. The program is open to children aged 3 to 5 and the cost is $18 per day with a sliding scale tied to income.

The open house is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the middle school, 222 Turnpike Road.

Grant pays for power outage protection

GILL — The town’s insurer has awarded Gill a $3,100 loss-control grant for new generator switches and a portable generator and a $1,200 grant for chainsaw equipment.

The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association provides property and casualty insurance to the town.

The town has installed new generator transfer switches at Town Hall, Slate Memorial Library and Riverside Municipal Building and plans to purchase a portable generator to be shared by the three buildings. The switches and generator will help prevent damage to plumbing and heating systems during multi-day power outages.

The smaller grant will buy four new sawyer kits containing protective helmets, vests, gloves, chaps and carrying cases for the fire and highway departments.

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