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Turners Falls earns battlefield grant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It has been 338 years and since the Great Falls on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and Montague took a place in the bloody geography of King Philip’s War, and two years since the most recent effort to study the battle began. Unsuccessful last year, the town of Montague’s application to the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program bore $60,000 this month. The $60,000 grant, … 0

Turners Falls man arrested on OUI charges, cops say he backed into cruiser

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after he backed his car into a parked cruiser, according to police. Dion W. Cadiz, 24, of 88 2nd St., was arrested Wednesday night on charges of operating under the influence of liquor, driving without a license in possession, and failure to use care in backing. Cadiz was driving … 0

Tribal twist to annual block party in Turners

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Joining the eighth annual Turners Falls Block Party this year will be a reminder of a tradition of community gatherings dating back a little further. For unknown millennia into the area’s pre-history up until a couple of centuries ago, fish returning upstream to spawn drew Native American groups to the Great Falls. The Connecticut River has been dammed, submerging the … 0

New Third Street cafe, bar planned

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A cafe/bar on Third Street may soon join an increasingly full downtown menu, with a liquor license for the establishment beginning the often lengthy approval process this week. The Montague Board of Selectmen signed off on the state liquor license application at this week’s meeting, … 0

Gas odor length of Turners’ main drag not known

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Fire departments and gas technicians searched the length of Avenue A and Montague City Road and the road’s extensions into Greenfield and Gill, but could not locate the source of a powerful gas odor. The smell of the additive used to alert human nostrils to … 0

Letter: Threat to solar

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity (aka photovoltaics/PV). The Massachusetts House bill H4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses, and community solar, endangering local jobs and limiting the potential to offset fossil fuel. As the 2012 Solarize Montague coordinator and … 0

Shea lease lapsed, selectmen OK stop-gap

Monday, July 14, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Board of Selectmen voted on Monday night to mitigate the damage of a lapse in the lease held by the volunteers who keep the only community theater in the immediate area running, extending the Shea Theater lease until Dec. 31, 2015. The motion … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 0

Mohawk Ramblers ride to survive

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MONTAGUE — With the possibility of eviction from their Montague club house looming at year’s end, the Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club spent Saturday afternoon trying to raise awareness of their struggle through the method they know best: taking … 1

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

Testing the white waters of the Connecticut River

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Connecticut River dam owner FirstLight Power Resources has notified the town of Montague that the company will be testing the waters below the dam for white water use, raising the possibility of expanded recreation and tourism in the old industrial village. Town Planner Walter Ramsey … 0

Police, sheriff eye regional special response team

Monday, July 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police special response teams, known colloquially as SWAT teams, have recently been decried by the American Civil Liberties Union for overuse and “military” tactics — but local police departments have no such teams of their own. … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0