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Gertrude Woodard accepts the Boston Post Cane Award Tuesday from selectman Mark Fairbrother at her home in Turners Falls. 
Recorder Chris Curtis

Boston Post cane awarded to Montague’s oldest resident: Gertrude Woodard, 95

Friday, October 24, 2014

MONTAGUE — Gertrude Woodard said she doesn’t believe she is Montague’s oldest resident, but according to resident John Reynolds’s research she is. As such, Woodard is the first recipient in some time of Montague’s Boston Post Cane Award. “I don’t believe it. Mr. Reynolds says he looked it up in the town records, and I still don’t believe it,” Woodard … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

Montague Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Domestic violence remembrance TURNERS FALLS — A remembrance ceremony is planned for Saturday morning in memory of Vivian Morrissey, Virginia Ferrer, Catherine Gochinski, Tracy Sheperd and all past and present victims of domestic violence. The four Montague women were killed by their partners in the space of a year and a half in the late 1980s, pushing domestic violence into the public eye … 0

Dance for cancer cure today at Franklin County Tech School

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School hosts a fundraising aerobic dance today. A Zumbathon will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the assembly hall of the school at 82 Industrial Boulevard. The event is being organized by Zumba instructor Pam Reipold to raise money for … 0

Third of 4 robbery suspects now in custody

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The third suspect in a savage gunpoint robbery earlier this month is now in custody, according to police. Sebret “Benny” Sanchez, 21, of Turners Falls, turned himself in at the Franklin County courthouse Wednesday, two weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police … 0

Regional Notebook

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mind the puddles ERVING — The Water Department will be flushing hydrants between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Farmers Market SNAP MONTAGUE — The Great Falls Farmers Market is now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. SNAP is the successor to food stamps. … 0

Pumpkinfest turns five Saturday

Monday, October 13, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Pumpkinfest turns five Saturday, a birthday that will be celebrated in seasonal style the length of downtown. Begun by resident and now selectman Michael Nelson as a local alternative to the Keene … 0

Suspended sentences for dogs in two separate attacks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MONTAGUE — A dog that bit a terrified passerby on the bike path and another that jumped its fence to attack a passing mail carrier have been given second and third chances, respectively. The Board of Selectmen dealt with two dog hearings at their Monday meeting, ordering the … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0

Greenfield Cross Road reopening raises hackles

Friday, October 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen is poised to reopen an out-of-the way shortcut between Hatchery and Greenfield roads, prompting an accusation of retaliation and the threat of a lawsuit from an abutter embroiled in a dispute with the selectmen and town officials. Hatchery Road residents Lisa and … 0

Montague selectmen’s chair limits public comment

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MONTAGUE — Should residents be allowed to weigh in on the decisions of their elected officials as they are made? That was among the issues at a nearly four-hour meeting of the Board of Selectmen this week, with the small audience and a member of the board opposed … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Montague Center School sale nears

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Nearly three years after the town accepted a developer’s offer to buy the former Montague Center School for $50,000, the conversion into apartments is nearing what was presented as its last hurdle, a fire code requirement … 0