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Patrick Pezzati of Montague shows a place behind a building in Turners Falls that he might find used syringes. Recorder/Paul Franz

Montague sees sharp drop in discarded needles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Earlier this month, Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge asked for the community’s help dealing with discarded needles. He got it, from private citizens, local businesses, other town departments and the Franklin County Solid Waste District. On April 6, Dodge bemoaned the littered syringes on Facebook, and asked the public to help pick them up if they were able … 0

Bearings hold up Gill-Montague Bridge project

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Meant to conclude a year ago, reconstruction of the Gill-Montague Bridge may finally be finished this season. The Department of Transportation still needs to replace bearings under the bridge this construction season, a spokesman said this week in response to questions about the status of the bridge project, which some … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed to attend ScoliSMART Scoliosis Boot Camp in Pennsylvania for two weeks beginning June 15 to … 0

Montague Dems to hold State Convention Delegate Caucus May 20

Sunday, April 26, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Registered Democrats in Montague will hold a caucus at the second-floor meeting room of Montague Town Hall, 1 Avenue A, at 7 p.m. on May 20 to elect five delegates and four alternates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention. That statewide gathering will be Sept. 19 … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been … 0

Body found in Conn. River was man from Springfield

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GILL — Ten days later, investigators on Thursday were still trying to reach the relatives of the man whose body was pulled from the Connecticut River last week, now identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office as a 55-year-old Springfield man. Searchers who did not know for certain … 1

Radio personality ‘Monte’ Belmonte proposes to lead Shea Theater

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, a Northampton radio personality and Turners Falls resident, put in the sole proposal to take over operation of the Shea Theater — in cooperation with a Northampton nonprofit. The town of Montague … 0

Turners Falls schools get new principal

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will have the helm of the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced … 0

Concert Saturday to benefit orphans of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Across an ocean but with friends and contacts in one of the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, Marina Goldman feels in a position to bear witness. “It’s incredibly frustrating to read what’s … 0

Montague woman needs a new heart

Monday, April 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Carrie Cromack said she thought she had pneumonia, and the doctors she consulted thought she was stressed and needed to rest. That was the month before she went into heart failure. Cromack survived because she walked … 1