Letter: Clear those hydrants

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In reference to clearing snow-covered fire hydrants: Upon numerous phone conversations with local and state officials, enforcement is necessary for the safety of all us in fire emergency. Bylaws are not enforced without fines or enforcement agent. We need a designated fire delegate (12-month position) in each and every county, who will collaborate with police, state, DPW, fire departments, etc., to be sure all fire hydrants are in order and … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and Wendell can bring their pellet bags to their town transfer stations and the Greenfield Transfer … 0

Montague selectmen hear Shea board can’t pay bills after June

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MONTAGUE — The nonprofit leasing the Shea Theater building from the town says it will not be able to pay its utility bills as of July 1, six months before its lease expires. Shea Community Theater Inc. is leasing the building under a short-term agreement, after the Shea board and town allowed the … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

Turners man arrested on gun charges

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man was arrested with an unlicensed gun after a disturbance in a local housing development, according to police. Juan Rodriguez, 25, of 66 4th St., apartment 2L, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court … 0

Montague to put Strathmore Mill out for development bid again

Monday, March 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — The town will release another request for a developer to take all or a portion of the former Strathmore Paper Mill off the town’s hands, this time narrowing the focus to a single building in the complex. “Despite better judgment, I remain optimistic about the fate … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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