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 … 0

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

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

One-car accident in Turners sends driver to hospital

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A driver smashed his truck into a tree while maneuvering around a sharp bend in the road near the Turners Falls Municipal Airport on Sunday night. Firefighters pried the driver out of the vehicle, still conscious, but with … 0

Franklin County Home Care Corp. to change name

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MONTAGUE — The Franklin County Home Care Corp. plans to change its name to LifePath Inc. in March, according to Executive Director Roseann Martoccia, who announced the news at Friday’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast. As an Area Agency on Aging in the state as well as an Aging … 0

Keeping bears safe — and out of your yard

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MONTAGUE — It’s a common misconception that you’ll only encounter a black bear in the forest. Black bears are also commonly seen in residential areas, sifting through trash barrels and bird feeders looking for food, according to MassWildlife … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0

Relay for Life kickoff Saturday

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — To celebrate and honor the lives of cancer survivors and their caregivers, the American Cancer Society is hosting a Relay For Life kickoff event on Saturday as a prelude for the annual relay, scheduled for June. The event, which is free and open to anyone … 0

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0