Used with permission/Historic Railroad Scenes 2015 Calendar Franklin County
This is train No. 55 at 10:41 a.m., and the woman is signalling the engineer that she wants the train to stop. The pickup truck is probably awaiting mail, or a few late edition Boston newspapers, that would be tossed off at speed if there were no passengers to board or disembark.

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians Peter Miller and Alden Dreyer of Shelburne … 0

Montague Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Domestic violence remembrance TURNERS FALLS — A remembrance ceremony is planned for Saturday morning in memory of Vivian Morrissey, Virginia Ferrer, Catherine Gochinski, Tracy Sheperd and all past and present victims of domestic violence. The four Montague women were killed by their partners in the space of a year and a half in the late 1980s, pushing domestic violence into the public eye … 0

Turners Falls High School hangs onto Level 2 status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls High School is actually a higher-ranked, Level 2 school under the state’s accountability status despite its being ranked earlier as a Level 3 school. The changed ranking was due to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education miscalculating the school’s participation rate as being below 90 percent. Districts in which the percentage of eligible students taking … 0

Montague board orders dog put down

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen this week ordered a Coolidge Avenue dog put down over paperwork, having two weeks earlier allowed it to live after attacking a mailman. The dog, a female labrador/pit bull mix, jumped a fence this September and attacked a mail carrier on … 0

Millers Falls man faces robbery charges after friends claim he mugged them

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — A local man faces robbery charges after the midnight mugging of two acquaintances Tuesday, according to police. Brandon Kilburn, 30, of 72 South Prospect St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of unarmed robbery, intimidating a witness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the … 0

Liquor licenses, eminent domain, building savings funds, zoning bylaws on Montague Special Town Meeting agenda

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — A special town meeting at the end of the month will decide whether to petition the Legislature for two additional liquor licenses for potential restaurants in Millers Falls and Montague Center. The first liquor license article would seek creation of an on-premises, all-alcohol liquor license to … 0

Montague Health Department to fine overflowing dumpsters

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — Exasperated with a small number of landlords leaving business and apartment dumpsters to overflow with refuse, the town Health Department will begin charging $50 per offense. “As usual, it’s really a handful of town property owners that just let their dumpsters go wild,” Health Department Director … 0

Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to … 0

Montague absentee ballots available from Town Clerk

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office for the Nov. 4 state election. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov. 3 at noon. To vote absentee you must be out of town on the day of the election, have a … 0

FirstLight Power appeals Montague taxes

Friday, October 17, 2014

CORRECTION: FirstLight Power Resources has filed an appeal with the Appellate Tax Board of its prior year tax bill, not related to this year’s anticipated 3.2 percent increase. Spokesman Len Greene said it is a 55.6 percent increase from the 2013 bill that the utility has appealed. The … 0

Montague neighborhood sets broadband talk for Monday

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE CENTER — Residents working toward connecting their under-served corner of Montague to high-speed Internet is holding a meeting Monday to discuss plans and answer questions. Chestnut Hill Loop neighbors have pushed to solve their Internet access problem by linking to neighboring Leverett. Kevin Hart, a member of … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Dance for cancer cure today at Franklin County Tech School

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School hosts a fundraising aerobic dance today. A Zumbathon will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the assembly hall of the school at 82 Industrial Boulevard. The event is being organized by Zumba instructor Pam Reipold to raise money for … 0