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New principal of the Hillcrest Elementary School in Montague Sarah Burstein in her office.  Recorder/Paul Franz

New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and the effort was afoot to memorize the name of each student. The eight-year Gill resident left an educational arc toward law and … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed … 0

Letter: Butynski’s corn the best

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I must take Chris Collins to task on his anointment to Golonka farm stand as the best corn in the valley. Year in and out that award would go to Butynski’s farm on Colrain Road. They are one of the only farm stands, if not the only one, to offer multiple varieties of sweet corn. Silver Queen, Kandy Corn and several variations of … 0

Injured motorcyclist in Montague accident taken to Springfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MONTAGUE — A motorcyclist from South Deerfield was seriously injured Saturday afternoon after crashing at the intersection of Lake Pleasant Road and Route 63. According to Sgt. Christopher Bonnett of the Montague Police Department, the accident occurred around 4:20 p.m. while the cyclist was traveling in a pack … 0

Trash day, papers to printers

Friday, August 22, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Recycle your e-waste at one end of the avenue, shred confidential information at the other. Two charity drives Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at opposite ends of town request your difficult-to-dispose-of waste, and donations. The Montague Business Association hosts a paper shredding, … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

Shakespeare’s for the young again in Turners

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The people behind the latest theatrical endeavor at the Shea Theater believe it is better for the mind to be dipped in Shakespeare early and often. “The point is to show young people that classical texts — Shakespeare, in particular — are not above them, … 0

Letter: Today’s Republicans

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Abe Lincoln must be turning over in his grave after watching how the Republican Party is today. He would probably switch to the Democratic Party. The GOP (party of no) doesn’t want immigration reform, minimum wage reform, Wall Street reform and the list goes on and on. All … 0

Letter: Immigration process

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A recent letter to the editor contained the inspiring words on a plaque mounted to the Statue of Liberty. Imagine, the waves and waves of immigrants to the New World whose first glimpse of America were the skyline of New York and the Statue of Liberty, as they … 1

Letter: Seen clearly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I very rarely write letters to the editor, but felt compelled to do so at this time. It is with great sadness that Glen Nichols is closing his doors in Turners Falls. I went there to get my latest pair of glasses and was very happy with the … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 0

Low bid brings controversial contractor back to Montague

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MONTAGUE — As the town looks to recoup losses from what it considers a botched sewer repair project, the state has hired the same contractor to return for a multimillion-dollar road project. The Montague Board of Selectmen on Monday took its lawyer’s advice and delayed two payments totaling … 0