Turners Falls Fire Chief Robert J. Escott Jr. swears in new Deputy Fire Chief John Zellmann on Wednesday night at the fire station. Kyle Cogswell was also promoted to captain, and call firefighter Brandon Ambo was made a full-time firefighter. 
(Recorder/Micky Bedell)

Franklin County Technical Rescue Team members awarded at state “Firefighter of the Year Awards” ceremony

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last summer, on a hot, humid July day, members of the Turners Falls and Greenfield fire departments were called to the Farley Ledges in Erving to rescue a rock climber who had fallen 30 feet from a cliff and lay, injured, half a mile into a wooded area. The firefighters — members of the Franklin County Technical Rescue Team, which … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Thanksgiving holiday trash pickup

Monday, November 23, 2015

Trash will not be collected in Greenfield and Montague on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. In Greenfield, trash and recycling for Thursday and Friday will be collected on Friday. In Montague, Thursday’s pickup will take place Friday, and Friday’s refuse will be picked up Saturday. There is no change for today’s or Wednesday’s collections. In Greenfield, trash and recycling must be at … 0

Life in the 21st century through the eyes of a Native American

Sunday, November 22, 2015

MONTAGUE — Thanksgiving can be spent one of two ways. Many United States citizens will most likely spend the beginning of the November holiday with their friends and family gathered in the kitchen roasting a turkey, whipping potatoes … 0

Weekend helicopter exercises

Friday, November 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Army National Guard will conduct exercises today and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon at the Turners Falls Airport. Three helicopters will repeatedly land and take off with troops. Anyone interested in watching may come to the public area at the airport to observe … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Ready to roll: Community helps local family buy wheelchair van for son

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Three days after learning the last of the money had been raised to purchase a handicapped-accessible van for her son, Heather Norwood said she’s still speechless. On Saturday, Our Lady of the Peace Church and … 0

Team McGraw: School rallies around ailing administrator

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Middle and high school students sported white ribbons and black shirts with the words “staying strong team McGraw” printed across the chest. Some even stuffed their sleeves with “muscles” to emulate their ailing assistance principal’s … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

Man airlifted after Turners tree accident

Sunday, November 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A man trimming a tree in front of a home on Oakman Street was airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after a branch kicked back and struck him in the forehead. The Turners Falls Fire Department responded to the call at 10:10 a.m. … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Dog shelter doubles down: Expansion would provide twice the current capacity

Friday, November 13, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With plans in motion to build a new regional dog shelter next to the town’s public safety complex on Turnpike Road, the Franklin County Sheriffs Department and the Friends of the Franklin County Dog Shelter … 0