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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

Back from battling western wildfires

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and 10 Department of Conservation and Recreation state firefighters from across Massachusetts to fight two fires, … 0

Canal walks continue as Discovery Center adjusts to federal cutbacks

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Great Falls Discovery Center guide Janel Nockleby dwelled on resilience in a walking tour along the Connecticut River and the Power Canal, the first of which has overcome serious pollution and the second lined with mostly deserted factories. Nockleby is a summertime employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will … 0

Same heart, new outlook: Montague native waiting on transplant credits positivity for keeping hope

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MONTAGUE — Every time the phone rings, Ryan Interlande thinks, “This could be it,” and he’s ready with a packed bag in his car. Unfortunately, the news on the other end of the phone hasn’t yet been what … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

One month until river cleanup event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Saturday, September 26th from 9 a.m. until noon, get involved in the 19th year of the Source to Sea Cleanup! Last year 116 volunteers in eastern Franklin County collected 40 cubic yards of debris in addition to … 0

New Third Street parking lot proposed for Turners Falls

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The town has proposed constructing a new, 30-space parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Canal Road as part of ongoing downtown streetscape improvements. The project, which is expected to cost $352,785, would … 0

Letter: Defining racism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What does racism mean? Racism is a belief that one race is superior to the other or the practice of treating a person or group of people differently on the basis of their race. Racial intolerance is a lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect … 0

Storm fells two oaks on homes in two-block line

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Something happened on the hill Tuesday afternoon. Randall Garland Sr. of 5 Henry Ave. tends to think it was more than a microburst, an opinion shared by neighbors after two oak trees landed on houses … 0

US Fish and Wildlife pulls Discovery Center staffing, support

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center is grappling with how to handle a potential loss of programming and support after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew its staffing from the center on short notice this … 0

Letter: Old Home Days

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We always like to thank all who participated in the 56th Montague Old Home Days. This year we extend a special thanks to all the participants in our “Car Show,” whether they were antiques, racing or unique in some way. We were also visited by the Mohawk Rambler … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0