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 be attached to the Powers Block building, 26-28 East Main St. in downtown Millers Falls. Contractor Robert Obear Jr. is rehabilitating the … 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 Gina McNeely said. The bill for $50, likely with a picture of the offending dumpster, … 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 an accident on the bridge over the Connecticut River at 6:40 p.m. Montague Police Staff … 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

MONTAGUE — Businesses will pay a slightly lower share of the town’s taxes this year, with a slight shift from the commercial share of the tax burden back to homeowners. Meanwhile, one of the town’s larger taxpayers is appealing its bill. Assessor Barbara Miller said the average single-family … 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

Third of 4 robbery suspects now in custody

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The third suspect in a savage gunpoint robbery earlier this month is now in custody, according to police. Sebret “Benny” Sanchez, 21, of Turners Falls, turned himself in at the Franklin County courthouse Wednesday, two weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police … 0

Regional Notebook

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mind the puddles ERVING — The Water Department will be flushing hydrants between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Farmers Market SNAP MONTAGUE — The Great Falls Farmers Market is now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. SNAP is the successor to food stamps. … 0

Pumpkinfest turns five Saturday

Monday, October 13, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Pumpkinfest turns five Saturday, a birthday that will be celebrated in seasonal style the length of downtown. Begun by resident and now selectman Michael Nelson as a local alternative to the Keene … 0

Suspended sentences for dogs in two separate attacks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MONTAGUE — A dog that bit a terrified passerby on the bike path and another that jumped its fence to attack a passing mail carrier have been given second and third chances, respectively. The Board of Selectmen dealt with two dog hearings at their Monday meeting, ordering the … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0