Montague

Shelter dogs have their day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs as dinner dates for a Saturday fundraiser. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter will hold its first Festival of the Dogs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Schuetzen Verein Club at 55 Barton Cove Road in Gill. Tickets are $25, and guests are asked to RSVP today so the caterers will know how many chicken dinners to cook. The dog shelter relies heavily on donations for its day-to-day operations. “We easily provide $500 in care per dog before they’re ready for adoption,” said shelter director Leslee Collucci. “That includes food, … 0

Unity Park accessible swing plan altered

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The wheelchair-accessible swing planned for Unity Park has been dropped in favor of a different design, and is back on track. The volunteer group behind the effort reached its goal of $15,000 for the project last September, with less than five months of fundraising, but the project has been on hold since. Parks and Recreation Director Jon Dobosz said organizers … 0

River cleanup results trickle in

Monday, September 29, 2014

Angela Mrozinski of the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, which organizes the annual four-state Source to Sea Cleanup said it will be some time before numbers are tallied, but was hopeful that Saturday’s sun boosted volunteer turnout. In Greenfield, David Boles of the Deerfield River Watershed Association estimated the number of volunteers in the region of 300, with teams from schools, the Franklin … 0

Montague withdraws COG petition that would have allowed barns on Hatchery Road to be rebuilt

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — Hard-fought plans to adjust the layout of Hatchery Road to accommodate a local couple’s plans to rebuild two Civil War-era barns destroyed by arson have evaporated. The Board of Selectmen had agreed to petition the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to adjust the layout of Hatchery … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Letter: Diaper decisions

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I swore I wouldn’t get on a pulpit about this issue but I believe that pressuring our local governments to support Diaper Need Awareness Week is carrying things a little too far. While I’m in agreement that diapers are a basic household necessity than cannot and should not … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Montague senior center planners hired

Sunday, September 14, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Montague has hired the firm Catlin and Petrovick Architects for the planning study to lay the grounds for a new senior center. The Montague Board of Selectmen approved Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority Community Development Director MJ Adams’s recommendation to hire the firm … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0