Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 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 are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 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 Olympics. Neal, whose district includes the western half of Franklin County, not only hopes that … 2

Police call Tasers useful deterrent

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MONTAGUE — If you’re a fan of cop shows or crime movies, you may think Tasers are standard-issue for police across the country. While the electronic weapons have gained in popularity in recent years, there are still a … 0

Turners bar, Millers Falls brewery eye expanded drink offerings

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Two local alcohol purveyors would like to expand their offerings, with Third Street cafe and beer and wine bar Five Eyed Fox looking to add liquor to the shelves and Millers Falls beer maker Element … 0

“Battle of the Badges” blood drive

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Police and firefighters want your blood. Nothing weird though. The Turners Falls Fire Department and Montague Police Department have partnered to host a Red Cross blood drive March 2 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Montague Public Safety Complex, 180 Turnpike Road. To drum … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gill-Montague Regional School Committee openings TURNERS FALLS — Three Gill-Montague Regional School Committee seats are up for election this spring, with nomination papers now available from the superintendent’s office at 35 Crocker Ave. Completed nomination papers are due in the superintendent’s office no later than 4 p.m. March … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

Montague Notebook

Monday, February 16, 2015

Shovel or pay MONTAGUE — Beyond swears and grumbling from passing pedestrians, an un-shoveled sidewalk can bring a fine. “Because of the amount of snow that we have this year we’re going to have to be strict with this,” said Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III. Dodge … 0

Montague town meeting set for Wednesday

Monday, February 16, 2015

MONTAGUE — Plow and sander equipment, union raises and middle of the budget year corrections to the police and legal budgets lead the agenda for Wednesday’s special town meeting. Barring interference from the weather — some forecasters call for snow — the meeting is to be held at … 0

Letter: Building move, access

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concerning the recent article in The Recorder (Jan. 28) on Davis Street School Administration offices and Special Ed office (second floor). I applaud the mayor’s initiative to relocate the school administration offices. But I have concerns about moving to the Main Street TD Bank building. Specifically, I have … 0

Still towing the ski line

Sunday, February 15, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — While this winter’s snow has given many cause to grumble, the Waidlichs have a backyard ski lift. Not a ski lift exactly, but its precursor, a rope tow. Essentially a giant clothesline powered by an … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0