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Shea proposal: A “yes, and ... attitude”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The lone proposal for taking over operation of the town’s Shea Theater envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton but lives in Montague, has pulled together the current proposal to replace the nonprofit that has … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

Body found in Conn. River was man from Springfield

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GILL — Ten days later, investigators on Thursday were still trying to reach the relatives of the man whose body was pulled from the Connecticut River last week, now identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office as a 55-year-old Springfield man. Searchers who did not know for certain what they were looking for found a man’s body in the river between the Schuetzen … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Q&A forum with selectman candidates in Montague Sunday

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MONTAGUE — Selectman candidates are to answer questions in two consecutive Sunday forums at the Public Safety Complex in the community room. Resident, Zoning Board of Appeals member and regular selectmen’s meeting attendee John Reynolds organized the forums. “I’m the point person, I’m the trouble maker. I’ve been … 0

Letter: Exploring our universe

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I would like to thank Mary Link, co-creator and coordinator of the Greenfield High School Lunch Lecture Series for students. I had the opportunity to speak at one earlier last month and was totally impressed by their state-of-art lecture room, the numbers of students that showed up and … 0

Letter: Juanita Nelson

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank you Richie Davis and The Recorder for your special feature on Juanita Nelson. She will be greatly missed by the community. I had the great honor of working with her and Traprock in peace work. MURIEL “BOOTS” WALKER Montague Center … 0

Greenfield, Orange police: let us pick up dirty needles

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

While the Montague police chief has asked for the public’s help in disposing of discarded heroin needles, his counterparts in Greenfield and Orange advise people to let the professionals handle them. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge said Montague police get calls about discarded syringes on a daily basis, and … 0

Montague selectmen nix assessors’ director pick

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen on Monday refused the Board of Assessors’ pick as director of assessing over concerns with a gap in his resume. Former director of assessing Barbara Miller defended W. David Zagorski strongly after the vote, but the Board of Selectmen did not move … 0

Turners Falls planter guidelines on horizon

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen hopes next week to establish guidelines for the use of the tree planters lining Avenue A and put to rest a long-simmering dispute with a local small business owner. Montague Selectmen this week extended a 30-day deadline for Rodney Madison to … 0

Principal candidates to visit in Montague

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The search for a principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School nears a conclusion, with three finalists visiting next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, Christopher Lord of North Andover and David Perrigo of … 0

Montague police seek public’s help on needle problem

Monday, April 6, 2015

MONTAGUE — Local police are called to pick up used syringes every day, and they expect calls of discarded needles to skyrocket as the melting snow continues to reveal them on the roadsides. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is … 0