Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce Phillips said cuts circulated on Facebook didn’t make it into the final recommendation. Superintendent Michael Sullivan said he had earlier planned to … 1

Signs sought for historic, somewhat hidden cemetery in Montague

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MONTAGUE — Dry Hill Cemetery is out there, somewhere, although you might not know it if you saw it. Lack of public access to the cemetery has been a topic of town discussion for years, and the latest proposal is to put up signs with a state grant and make some minor repairs to a trail reaching the cemetery from Dry Hill Cross … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Montague native, local DJ needs new heart

Friday, January 16, 2015

MONTAGUE — Many people know 39-year-old Ryan Interlande as the local disc jockey who for more than 20 years has brought fun and music to parties of all sizes throughout Franklin County and beyond. He’s known to exude … 0

Anti-Islamic graffiti defaces historic Turners Falls building

Friday, January 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A message of intolerance scrawled on the brick wall by the Third Street bus stop didn’t stand long before someone hid the spray painted letters as best they could with an opposite message in sidewalk … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Sixth brewery planned for Franklin County

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — An industrial building near the edge of downtown could soon be turning out beer, adding a sixth brewery to Franklin County and a second to the town of Montague alone. Lawrence George, 38, of Florence, … 0

Regional kennel to stay in Montague

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Lost, stray and impounded dogs from around the county should continue to have a home in Montague, with an agreement for the use of town land. Opened in 2012 to give area police and animal … 0

Stuff takes up space on Avenue A

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Visitors to Avenue A will have noticed a change in the still-bright makeup of the Third Street intersection. Madison on the Avenue moved down a storefront and Stuff moved into the corner space this fall. The business is owned by Steve Vogel of Montague Center … 0

Letter: Addressing litter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I am writing this to say “thank you” to Mr. Bryce Brownstein (Jan. 3 article in The Recorder) concerning the blight, safety and health issues of litter in our towns and communities. Littering is a huge problem we all face with no easy solution to prevent it. We … 0

Montague battlefield researcher OK’d

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A Connecticut team from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center will have the lion’s share of the research into the submerged 17th-century battlefield between Gill and Turners Falls. An advisory group appointed by the … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0