Montague

River cleanup results trickle in

Monday, September 29, 2014

Angela Mrozinski of the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, which organizes the annual four-state Source to Sea Cleanup said it will be some time before numbers are tallied, but was hopeful that Saturday’s sun boosted volunteer turnout. In Greenfield, David Boles of the Deerfield River Watershed Association estimated the number of volunteers in the region of 300, with teams from schools, the Franklin and Hampshire County jails, schools, and others … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gill office closed GILL — The office of the town Collector/Treasurer will be closed this week, reopening Oct. 6. Improv coming to the Shea Friday TURNERS FALLS — There’s a new addition to the Shea Theater lineup, with a new resident improv comedy group staging its first show Friday . The Shea Comedy Players will improvise scenes based on audience suggestions, along the … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0

Cool Rides Car Show

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — In its fifth year, the Cool Rides Car Show at Franklin County Technical School will feature some surprises, including new awards for participants and more children’s activities. The event will be held on Saturday on Industrial Boulevard. The show will go on rain or shine … 0

Montague City wind turbine plan back in action

Friday, September 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Plans for an unconventional wind turbine in the village of Montague City are back, with the town Zoning Board of Appeals renewing permission first granted over 2 1/ 2 years ago. Mark Maynard of Easthampton … 0

Gill Elementary begins ‘teaching recess’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GILL — Some Gill Elementary School parents are pushing for the school to back out of children’s decisions about where to play in the playground and who to sit with at lunch. Four parents addressed the Gill-Montague School Committee Tuesday, all opposing structured recess and structured lunch practices … 1

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

SNAP benefits extend to farm shares

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MONTAGUE — For the first time, food stamp recipients will be able to purchase CSA farm shares of fresh fruits and vegetables. One local farm, Red Fire Farm, a 100-acre organic fruits and vegetable farm in Montague, is one of 10 CSA programs participating in a four-month pilot … 0

State puts weight restriction on Montague’s North Leverett Road bridge

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — The North Leverett Road Bridge over the Sawmill River isn’t the kind of bridge you notice you’re going over, but truck drivers with vehicles over 8 tons will have to pay attention now. Town Highway Department Superintendent Bergeron said the state Department of Transportation has applied … 0

Montague hires J’Anthony to oversee Shea Theater visioning process

Friday, September 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The next steps in determining who operates the Shea Theater after this year will be as has been suggested over the past weeks: the town will hire a former director of the downtown community theater … 0

Montague withdraws COG petition that would have allowed barns on Hatchery Road to be rebuilt

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — Hard-fought plans to adjust the layout of Hatchery Road to accommodate a local couple’s plans to rebuild two Civil War-era barns destroyed by arson have evaporated. The Board of Selectmen had agreed to petition the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to adjust the layout of Hatchery … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0