Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Neal, whose district includes the western half of Franklin County, not only hopes that … 2

Montague Dems caucus in May, nominations due in March

Friday, February 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague Democrats will hold their caucus to select candidates for town office on April 8 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the Montague Town Hall, 1 Avenue A. Successful candidates receive the party nomination to appear on the May 18 … 0

Black History Month: Music and Diversity in Turners Wednesday

Friday, February 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Wednesday, the Great Falls Harvest restaurant hosts a celebration of Black History Month with Bob McNeil, a spoken word artist from New York City, and a piano and cello duo. Accompanied by a percussionist, McNeil will share poems and songs celebrating prominent African-Americans. According to … 0

16 workers, 109 miles of snow removal

Friday, February 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Seeking money to equip a new truck as a plow and sander, Montague Highway Superintendent Thomas Bergeron faced praise and criticism over the town’s winter roads. Bergeron said the town is big and his department is … 0

Roof partially collapses on 2nd Street in Turners Falls

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Heavy, built-up snow caused the roof of the former 2nd Street Baking Co. to partially collapse Thursday afternoon, prompting firefighters to tape off the front of the building and nearby sidewalk. Around 11:30 a.m., the … 0

16.7 acres eyed for clearing for power lines

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New cross-country power line towers would mean the clearing of 16.7 acres along the Canalside Rail Trail bicycle path and the power canal in Turners Falls, and work in an area of potential Native American archeological significance in … 0

Letter: Column hits mark

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tim Blagg’s column, “Snipers now the target” was right on. Chris Kyle was a true American hero! He no doubt saved many American lives by his actions. It was very unfortunate he was killed by the veteran he was trying to help. The non-veteran critics should join the … 1

Montague enacts parking ban

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Town of Montague has declared a state of emergency in order to address snowbanks hemming in traffic. Montague Chief of Police Charles “Chip” Dodge III issued a statement via the town’s Code Red emergency alert system at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday announcing a parking ban was … 0

Montague OKs money for police overtime, truck, legal fees

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Police Department has money for dwindling overtime and car maintenance budgets, the Highway Department has money to equip a dump truck with a plow and sander and a nearly empty legal budget is replenished. Town Meeting members approved these and all items on the agenda … 0

Montague selectmen’s chair steps up to plate

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Uncomfortable with the precedent that waiving a Zoning Board fee for a little league team might set, the Montague Board of Selectmen tended toward denying the request, and did so after Chairman Christopher Boutwell offered to cover the cost himself. Newt Guilbault Community Baseball League … 0

Turners Falls Fire District nomination papers

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Turners Falls Fire District nomination papers TURNERS FALLS — Nomination papers for the annual Turners Falls Fire District election are now available to all district residents. Papers are in the district office at 226 Millers Falls Road until March 9. The election will be held April 28 with … 0