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Meredith Savage gets a hug from her sister, Deborah Savage, on Friday as they both salvage belongings from the apartment fire at 9 Dry Hill Road in Montague early Thanksgiving morning. Meredith lost virtually everything from her second-floor apartment where her sister's downstairs apartment suffered extensive water and smoke damage. 
Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

‘This is what I’ve salvaged of my life’: Residents pick up the pieces after Montague Center apartment fire

Friday, November 27, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Meredith Savage spent the day after Thanksgiving sorting through two black trash bags and a couple of filing cabinet drawers containing what was left of her charred belongings after a fire ripped through her apartment building early Thursday morning. She was able to recover her passport, Social Security card, a couple of photo albums and a piece … 0

7 families displaced on Thanksgiving; No one hurt in Montague pre-dawn kitchen fire

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — A house fire struck before dawn Thursday on Dry Hill Road in Montague, displacing seven families before their Thanksgiving holiday could begin. The apartment house at 9 Dry Hill Road was badly damaged by 4:20. Route 63 at Dry Hill was closed while about 70 firefighters from 17 departments battled … 0

County shares bounty: Thanksgiving more than just a meal

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE — As many businesses and organizations shut down for the day, the Montague Elks Lodge and the Greenfield People’s Pint opened their doors and offered residents a Thanksgiving meal. From noon to 2 p.m. the Elks Lodge served a free community meal to anybody who needed it, no matter their wealth or … 0

Central Street fire caused by smoking

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Investigators have a cause in the late October fire that displaced eight residents of a Central Street apartment building. Jim DeSimone of the Department of Fire Services said the case has been closed and investigators have determined the Oct. 29 fire at 45 Central St. … 0

Pitbull deemed ‘dangerous’ by Montague officials

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A pitbull that allegedly attacked and injured two dogs and their owners last month has been classified by the town as a “dangerous” dog, and its owner has been ordered to follow a number of conditions to keep the dog. The Montague Board of Selectmen … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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