Meredith Savage gets a hug from her sister, Deborah Savage, on Friday as they both salvage belongings from the apartment fire at 9 Dry Hill Road in Montague early Thanksgiving morning. Meredith lost virtually everything from her second-floor apartment where her sister's downstairs apartment suffered extensive water and smoke damage. 
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‘This is what I’ve salvaged of my life’: Residents pick up the pieces after Montague Center apartment fire

Friday, November 27, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Meredith Savage spent the day after Thanksgiving sorting through two black trash bags and a couple of filing cabinet drawers containing what was left of her charred belongings after a fire ripped through her apartment building early Thursday morning. She was able to recover her passport, Social Security card, a couple of photo albums and a piece … 0

7 families displaced on Thanksgiving; No one hurt in Montague pre-dawn kitchen fire

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — A house fire struck before dawn Thursday on Dry Hill Road in Montague, displacing seven families before their Thanksgiving holiday could begin. The apartment house at 9 Dry Hill Road was badly damaged by 4:20. Route 63 at Dry Hill was closed while about 70 firefighters from 17 departments battled … 0

County shares bounty: Thanksgiving more than just a meal

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE — As many businesses and organizations shut down for the day, the Montague Elks Lodge and the Greenfield People’s Pint opened their doors and offered residents a Thanksgiving meal. From noon to 2 p.m. the Elks Lodge served a free community meal to anybody who needed it, no matter their wealth or … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

Man airlifted after Turners tree accident

Sunday, November 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A man trimming a tree in front of a home on Oakman Street was airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after a branch kicked back and struck him in the forehead. The Turners Falls Fire Department responded to the call at 10:10 a.m. … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Dog shelter doubles down: Expansion would provide twice the current capacity

Friday, November 13, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With plans in motion to build a new regional dog shelter next to the town’s public safety complex on Turnpike Road, the Franklin County Sheriffs Department and the Friends of the Franklin County Dog Shelter … 0

NMH Upward Bound seeks applicants

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ninth-graders from Greenfield and Turners Falls High Schools are being invited to apply to the Northfield Mount Hermon School Upward Bound Program, a free, federally funded, year-round college-preparation program for students who meet income eligibility requirements or whose parents do not have a bachelor’s degree. From ninth grade … 0

Police: Keene man attacks bar staff, exposes himself

Friday, November 13, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A Keene, N.H. man was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Friday on charges of open and gross lewdness, assault and battery and disorderly conduct after he allegedly assaulted an employee at the Rendezvous bar and exposed himself. Justin M. McKelvey, 26, was summoned to court … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Average single family homeowner in Montague should expect to pay $115 more in property taxes

Thursday, November 12, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The average single-family homeowner in Montague should expect to pay about $115 more in property taxes this year if an increase in the town’s tax rate is approved by the state Department of Revenue. During its meeting this week, the Montague Board of Selectmen approved … 0

‘Fresh, funky style’

Thursday, November 12, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — There’s a new florist in downtown Turners Falls who’s bringing a “fresh, funky style” to the business. Melissa Pippin, owner of LaBella Florist, opened up shop on Second Street last week in the space formerly … 0