Participants of Kacy's Kids at Jake's Tavern in Turners Falls spend some time with Santa on Sunday before bringing home their Christmas presents. About 150 tavern patrons donated gifts to 65 families in need. "Small town America turns out better than anyone to help those in need," said owner Bill Holbrook, who started the toy drive in honor of his niece Kacy, seen in the background in her senior lacrosse photo. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Jake’s Tavern patrons make wishes come true for Kacy’s Kids toy drive

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sunday morning, Santa Claus sat at the rear of Jake’s Tavern, handing out packages brought forward from a dining room packed with gifts and telling the children seated by him that everyone in Turners Falls was on the “nice list” this year. This seemed to bring some peace of mind; one young girl afterward ran to her … 0

Marie Putala named Recorder Citizen of Year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marie Putala is so self-effacing about her not-so-random acts of kindness that when she overheard friends’ efforts to nominate her to be Recorder Citizen of the Year, she immediately put the kibosh on it. “I said, ‘No way! This is not going to happen,” said the Turners Falls woman, who immediately sent an … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Montague trash holiday changes

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The town’s trash and recycling pickup schedule will change over the next two weeks because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will be no changes on Tuesday or Wednesday, but the normal Thursday pickup will be moved to Friday, and Friday pickup will … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a … 0

Montague will wait on tobacco regulations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — To allow more public comment, the Board of Health delayed a decision on raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 on Wednesday. The board decided to accept public comment until Jan. 15, and take the matter up again at its Jan. 21 meeting. The age … 0

Montague mulls tobacco purchase age shift to 21

Monday, December 15, 2014

The already tight grip on tobacco sales in Franklin County is poised to strengthen, with the health boards of two county towns considering an increase in the minimum purchase age from 18 to 21. The Montague and Leverett health boards are considering the change among new regulations, and … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it … 0

Letter: Warren’s true self

Sunday, December 14, 2014

“Warren draws praise, ire in 1st 2 years in Senate” was the headline of a story on a Monday noting Elizabeth Warren’s two-year anniversary of being elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. I think the photographer who took the photo associated with the story captured her true … 0

Letter: A community’s loss

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oh Barbara, Oh Barbara, what have you done now? Barbara Tillmanns was my friend, a dear friend. I sure hope the Greenfield community realizes what she did for her community. The one where she put out plastic Easter eggs on The Common; the one where she decorated the … 0

New owner coming for Power Town apts.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The residents of Power Town Apartments, which counts 10 buildings and 82 rent-subsidized apartments in downtown, should have a new landlord by spring. An East Coast real estate investment firm is set to purchase the … 0

Montague Senior Center offered to town

Thursday, December 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Among the properties Power Town Apartments owner HallKeen is looking to divest itself of is 62 Fifth St., the former Turners Falls Athletic Club and the current home of the Montague Senior Center. The Montague … 0

14 graduate today with computerized machining skills

Thursday, December 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — On Wednesday night, hours after classes ended, the Franklin County Technical School machine shop was busy with adult students preparing their final projects. Fourteen are set to graduate today, the third class through the Middle … 0