Montague to negotiate with broadband company to nearly eliminate unserved homes

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTAGUE — Broadband might finally make its way to the last unserved homes in Montague. Town officials voted on Monday night to enter into contract negotiations with broadband service provider Matrix Design Group to reach almost 98.5 percent of the remaining unserved households in Montague. The town will also seek permission to proceed with negotiations from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute … 1

Montague Notebook

Monday, February 8, 2016

Montague seeks town meeting member candidates MONTAGUE — There are several seats open to become a Montague town meeting member for the May 16 annual election. Precinct 1 has three open seats, Precinct 2 has two open seats, Precinct 3 has three open seats, Precinct 4 has four open seats, Precinct 5 has two open seats, Precinct 6 has six open seats. The … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Montague Notebook

Monday, February 1, 2016

Voter registration ends Feb. 10 MONTAGUE — Feb. 10 is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliations for the March 1 presidential primary. Registration will be held at the town clerk’s office. Office hours will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For … 0

Erving man leads police on high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls

Sunday, January 31, 2016

After a high speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid lisence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in … 0

Shea Theater plans March re-opening

Friday, January 29, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — A cultural gem in the area’s arts scene, the Shea Theater, will reopen in early March under new management with a Bollywood dance party. After closing for renovations a few months ago, the Shea Theater … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0

Turners Falls seeks art for mini-park

Friday, January 29, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Artists who want to make a permanent mark on downtown Turners Falls now have their shot. Sculptors can apply to install a piece in the mini-park on the corner of Avenue A and 3rd Street. … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Pipeline advisory committee requests consultants

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The four member towns of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee have requested that the COG hire a team of consultants to study construction impacts on roads, bridges and other public infrastructure … 0

Letter: A terrible strip

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Let me add my voice to those calling for WuMo to be replaced by something better. I am a big fan of the comics page. I read “Stone Soup” daily — it had decent drawing, and the story kept up my interest. WuMo’s drawing is terrible — every … 0

G-M School Committee openings

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Nomination papers for the annual town election to be held on May 16 for the Gill-Montague School Committee seats are available at the Superintendent’s Office, 35 Crocker Ave. Completed nomination papers are due in the Superintendent’s Office no later than 4 p.m. on March 28. … 0

Montague officials agree to sensitivity training

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MONTAGUE — Just in time for Black History Month, town officials have agreed to participate in a cultural sensitivity training workshop to address issues of race and to build bridges across demographic differences. “As we have been talking to local businesses, we have found a real openness and … 0