Montague

Montague Fire CaptainJack Schultz stands by the department's new fire truck. Recorder/Micky Bedell

New fire truck means more water faster in emergencies in Montague Center

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Where the fire department could previously carry 500 gallons of water it can now carry 1,000, and deliver that water with four more firefighters. A doubled water storage capacity and six seats to the old engine’s two were two of the selling points for the Montague Center Fire Department’s new Engine No. 1. “It’s just so much … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 0

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Montague library volunteers needed MONTAGUE — The Montague Libraries are in need of volunteers for the governing board of trustees. Two interim trustees are needed to fill in until the next town election in May. The board meets one or two evenings per month. Letters of interest should be addressed to The Montague Public Libraries, 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls MA 01376. Mutton … 0

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its … 0

Video: Montague Common Hall Contradance Fundraiser

Sunday, January 25, 2015

People of all ages enjoy a spin around the Montague Common Hall on Sunday during a contradance held by The Friends of the Common Hall. The group hoped to raise money to make a dent in the $4,100 … 0

Gill-Montague approaches preliminary budget, envisions cuts

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The early prognosis for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget calls for cuts. The district’s business director presented early numbers for the 2015-2016 school year budget at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. “The elephant in the room is that we’ve … 0

Shea open for proposals

Friday, January 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The town has opened bidding for the future of the Shea Theater, releasing a bid document calling for a future very similar to the present in broad strokes. The request for proposals released Wednesday on … 0

Montague police warn of phone scam

Friday, January 23, 2015

MONTAGUE — If a Montague police detective calls to tell you it’s OK to pay $1,000 to Publisher’s Clearing House, don’t believe it. Some residents have reported receiving phone calls from the local police assuring them someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House and saying they’ve won … 0

A bridge to China

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — Documentarian Richard Widmer, lately of Beijing, has purchased the former St. John’s Church with plans to establish a cultural bridgehead to the Chinese contemporary art world. A Somerville native, Widmer said he encountered Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Montague Common Hall in need

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — When the Montague Common Hall cupola began to demonstrate an urgent need for repair, the local landmark’s owner enlisted a contractor, who quickly found the situation was much worse than it appeared. Now, the Friends … 0