Native American history walk set for May 2 in Turners Falls

Friday, April 24, 2015

You can join the Nolumbeka Project and Connecticut River Watershed Council on May 2 to learn about 10,000 years of Native American presence near the Great Falls. Learn from and speak to experts in the Native American history of this area, culminating in the Turners Falls massacre during King Phillips War in 1676. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Unity Park/bike path gravel parking area on 1st St. in Turners … 0

Embezzling case against Greenfield woman dismissed

Friday, April 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Embezzling charges have been dropped against a Greenfield woman accused of stealing more than $21,000 from her boss, because of his inability to testify. Rebecca Phillips, 45, of Wisdom Way, was charged with a single count of larceny over $250 for allegedly stealing thousands from her boss over six months in 2013. Her case was scheduled to go to trial … 0

Shea proposal: A “yes, and ... attitude”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The lone proposal for taking over operation of the town’s Shea Theater envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton but lives in Montague, has pulled together the current … 0

FCHCC receives funds to support walkathon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS —Franklin County Home Care Corp. has received a $500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to help underwrite this year’s Meals on Wheels Walkathon. The area aging agency received the funds as a result of its participation in Subaru of America’s seventh annual “Share the Love” … 0

Montague arson accomplice pleads guilty

Friday, April 17, 2015

MONTAGUE — A Greenfield man who helped burn down his friends’ parents’ barns has been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty Friday. Matthew Tetreault, 19, of 114 Maple St., pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of arson of a dwelling, burning the contents of a … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Montague makes planter committee

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — After an hour’s discussion of proposed guidelines for the management of the downtown planters, the Board of Selectmen voted by a majority to create a planter committee and task it with making its own guidelines, still … 0

Temporary appointment brings McIntosh back to Montague assessors office

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Retired assessing technician Douglas McIntosh is returning to the Montague assessors’ office to fill the gap while the town finds a new director of assessing. The Board of Selectmen last week rejected the Board of Assessors’ pick for the director’s position, and this week unanimously … 0

Montague selectmen appoint Lynch to Cable Advisory Committee

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Kathleen Lynch will serve on the Montague Cable Advisory Committee for an initial appointment ending in June, over the objection of Selectman Mark Fairbrother. Lynch is station manager for Easthampton cable access station Easthampton Media and married to Dean Garvin, station manager for Montague Community … 0

Franklin County Home Care Corp. counsels seniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Last December, Dorothy moved to Sunderland after living in New Hampshire to be close to family and friends and settle in the country. In New Hampshire, the 83-year-old had received fuel aid by applying through … 0

Body found in Connecticut river tentatively identified, says DA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release an identity Tuesday, but described the body recovered Monday from the Connecticut River as that of a white male. District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said Tuesday the deceased has been tentatively identified, awaiting confirmation from the medical … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Beetles pose threat to the pitch pines of Montague Plains

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s a long way from the home it has known for decades, but the Southern pine beetle has made it as far north as Connecticut, leaving experts to wonder whether it will spread to pitch-pine forests like Lake … 0