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Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported this information to the Massachusetts State Police, … 0

Low water warning issued Conn. River

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls Dam operator warns water levels will be low Tuesday and Thursday on the Connecticut River, from Turners Falls to Vernon, Vt. According to a release from FirstLight Hydro Generating Company Land Management Administrator Beth Bazler, the company is supporting fellow Connecticut River dam operator TransCanada Hydro Northeast in conducting one of its relicensing studies. FirstLight’s license from … 0

Fly for fun and feed the hungry

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aviation has long had a place in food aid, with airplanes and helicopters dropping supplies into remote or cut-off areas following disasters and in the midst of war. Smaller aircraft — much smaller aircraft — will get in on the act next weekend as the local remote-control flying club revs up for charity … 0

2 Turners Falls women in head-on crash

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls woman was taken to the hospital after a head-on collision on Routes 5 and 10 Thursday. Police responded to the head-on accident near Yankee Candle Co. at about 3 p.m., and found that one driver was injured and both small cars had sustained … 0

Montague barn rebuilding becoming contentious

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — History, the planned vs. actual layout of a less than half-mile road and the future of a broader state-funded road and bridge repair are all at issue as a local couple look to rebuild two Hatchery … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the … 0

Gill-Montague Senior Center gets money to study sites for new home

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Senior Center took another step this week toward a rebirth, with the award of a $60,000 contract for a preliminary study of three possible rebuild or renovation options. Catlin + Petrovick Architects of New Hampshire will undertake the investigation, funded by a state … 0

Letter: Clever sticker

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For those of you that have taken an issue with the stickers on the front page of The Recorder — I think they are a creatively clever way to advertise. They add a unique touch to the front page. You do know they peel off! ROBBIN TERAULT Montague … 0

Montague selectmen agree to anti-pipeline resolution

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MONTAGUE — It didn’t take much discussion for the Montague Board of Selectmen to agree to sign an anti-pipeline resolution proffered by residents with essentially no conversation Monday night. Resident Roy Rosenblatt offered a summary of local objections to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed natural gas pipeline. “No … 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