Montague

Liquor licenses, eminent domain, building savings funds, zoning bylaws on Montague Special Town Meeting agenda

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — A special town meeting at the end of the month will decide whether to petition the Legislature for two additional liquor licenses for potential restaurants in Millers Falls and Montague Center. The first liquor license article would seek creation of an on-premises, all-alcohol liquor license to be attached to the Powers Block building, 26-28 East Main St. in downtown Millers Falls. Contractor Robert Obear Jr. is rehabilitating the … 0

Montague Health Department to fine overflowing dumpsters

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — Exasperated with a small number of landlords leaving business and apartment dumpsters to overflow with refuse, the town Health Department will begin charging $50 per offense. “As usual, it’s really a handful of town property owners that just let their dumpsters go wild,” Health Department Director Gina McNeely said. The bill for $50, likely with a picture of the offending dumpster, … 0

Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to an accident on the bridge over the Connecticut River at 6:40 p.m. Montague Police Staff … 0

Greenfield Cross Road reopening raises hackles

Friday, October 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen is poised to reopen an out-of-the way shortcut between Hatchery and Greenfield roads, prompting an accusation of retaliation and the threat of a lawsuit from an abutter embroiled in a dispute with the selectmen and town officials. Hatchery Road residents Lisa and … 0

Montague selectmen’s chair limits public comment

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MONTAGUE — Should residents be allowed to weigh in on the decisions of their elected officials as they are made? That was among the issues at a nearly four-hour meeting of the Board of Selectmen this week, with the small audience and a member of the board opposed … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Montague Center School sale nears

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Nearly three years after the town accepted a developer’s offer to buy the former Montague Center School for $50,000, the conversion into apartments is nearing what was presented as its last hurdle, a fire code requirement … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Letter: Pedestrians beware!

Monday, October 6, 2014

My efforts, since May 2014, continue with officials in Turners Falls to address and post pedestrian signs at crosswalks at dangerous locations such as J and Canal streets in Turners Falls, school zones and Avenue A. Facts: There are five crosswalks from the library to the paper mill … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Two in custody, two on the run after Turners gunpoint robbery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Police are looking for a Greenfield man who fled a gunpoint robbery on a moped and his unknown accomplice. Sebret “Benny” Sanchez, 21, and a man known to police only as “Hood” are wanted in connection with the Wednesday afternoon armed robbery and beating of … 0

Letter: A burning question

Thursday, October 2, 2014

So many interesting topics, but since I only get one letter to editor I decided I’d like to have one burning question answered: About the march for global warming awareness, I’d just like to know how many buses had to be hired to move the thousands of people … 1