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Letter: Immigration process

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A recent letter to the editor contained the inspiring words on a plaque mounted to the Statue of Liberty. Imagine, the waves and waves of immigrants to the New World whose first glimpse of America were the skyline of New York and the Statue of Liberty, as they were disembarking at Ellis Island to have their papers processed. JOHN BABITS Turners Falls … 0

Letter: Seen clearly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I very rarely write letters to the editor, but felt compelled to do so at this time. It is with great sadness that Glen Nichols is closing his doors in Turners Falls. I went there to get my latest pair of glasses and was very happy with the service provided. Since I had a limited amount of money to spend, I asked him … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, Team Greenfield won. The winning trophy, which is engraved with the words “Team Greenfield” at … 0

Shea opens doors to controversy: open house Wednesday

Thursday, August 7, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Responding to recent controversy over their role in the community, the directors of the Shea Theater will hold an open house Wednesday in the theater lobby. The expiration of the nonprofit Shea Community Theater company’s … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

Regional Notebook

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Connecticut River low water warning issued for Tuesday MONTAGUE — Boaters may find the Connecticut River low above the Turners Falls dam on Tuesday. Tests originally scheduled for July 29 and 31 were postponed due to high water and are now scheduled for Aug. 12. FirstLight Hydro Generating … 0

Friends gather to remember Eric Zieba

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Friends of Eric Zieba gathered Wednesday night on the bank of the Connecticut River for a candlelight vigil in memory of the slain teenager. Many arriving in the bicycle path parking lot stopped to hug … 0

Letter: Thanks, Dakin

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I just want to say a big “Thank You” to the Dakin Animal Shelter in Leverett for all that they do for the many cats and dogs that are there. I was impressed with the place and I felt I had to get the word out to the … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Montague police nab suspect in car break-ins

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MONTAGUE — A suspect in a rash of burglaries from unlocked cars has confessed, according to police. The thefts were reported Thursday, when at least 18 people noticed that their cars had been entered overnight. In some cases, cash and change were taken, as well as small items … 0

Turners women’s center offers Thursday break

Monday, August 4, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — In the belief that mothers of young children might want a little time to themselves on occasion, the Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center is now offering free child care for mothers attending its Thursday morning open hours. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 1 … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Drumming up a crowd: First Pocumtuck Homelands Festival new draw with Turners Falls Block Party

Sunday, August 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Pounding out a steady rhythm on the large, hide-covered drums in front of them, three men began to chant in unison, drawing out the spirit of their collective Native American heritage. A few feet away, … 0