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Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices under a single principal again. This and an undefined number of other cuts, most in the high school, is on the agenda at a Gill-Montague Regional School Committee meeting scheduled for today. The committee is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. in Turners Falls High … 0

New fire truck means more water faster in emergencies in Montague Center

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Where the fire department could previously carry 500 gallons of water it can now carry 1,000, and deliver that water with four more firefighters. A doubled water storage capacity and six seats to the old engine’s two were two of the selling points for the Montague Center Fire Department’s new … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 0

Montague Common Hall in need

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — When the Montague Common Hall cupola began to demonstrate an urgent need for repair, the local landmark’s owner enlisted a contractor, who quickly found the situation was much worse than it appeared. Now, the Friends … 0

Montague, Leverett: No tobacco for youth

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MONTAGUE — With hopes other towns will follow, the Board of Health has made Montague the first town in Franklin County to raise the smoking age to 21 and ban flavored tobacco. The changes take effect July 1. The board on Wednesday night approved draft regulations recently under … 0

Montague charity honors volunteer, local business owner

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Marie Putala and Bill Holbrook helped put smiles on the faces of 151 children this Christmas with the Kacy’s Kids toy drive the two began three years ago. Last week, local charity Montague Catholic Social … 0

Alleged knife-point store robber held on $10K bail

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The man charged with robbing the Main Street Cumberland Farms at knife-point early Saturday morning was held Monday in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. James R. Kelley, also known as JR, 25, of 25 4th St., Turners Falls, pleaded innocent Monday at two arraignments in Greenfield … 0

No injuries in Route 2 Gill crash

Monday, January 19, 2015

GILL — Police say no one was badly hurt in an accident at the intersection of Route 2 and Main Road in Gill Monday afternoon. Gill Police Chief David Hastings said a car taking a left hand turn from Main Road to head east on Route 2 struck … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Montague native, local DJ needs new heart

Friday, January 16, 2015

MONTAGUE — Many people know 39-year-old Ryan Interlande as the local disc jockey who for more than 20 years has brought fun and music to parties of all sizes throughout Franklin County and beyond. He’s known to exude … 0

Anti-Islamic graffiti defaces historic Turners Falls building

Friday, January 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A message of intolerance scrawled on the brick wall by the Third Street bus stop didn’t stand long before someone hid the spray painted letters as best they could with an opposite message in sidewalk … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0