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Ezra Ward, a Montague resident who works for the Leverett Fire Department, decided to join the Massachusetts wildfire crew after hearing a story about wildlands firefighting on NPR last summer. Photo courtesy of Ezra Ward

Back from battling western wildfires

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and 10 Department of Conservation and Recreation state firefighters from across Massachusetts to fight two fires, including the Eldorado Fire, located near Unity, … 0

Canal walks continue as Discovery Center adjusts to federal cutbacks

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Great Falls Discovery Center guide Janel Nockleby dwelled on resilience in a walking tour along the Connecticut River and the Power Canal, the first of which has overcome serious pollution and the second lined with mostly deserted factories. Nockleby is a summertime employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will now house 16 infants and toddlers year-round for 10 hours a day, rather than the … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Montague concerned about pipeline impact

Thursday, August 13, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen sent letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Energy Facilities Siting Board this week outlining the town’s concerns about the potential impacts of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, which would pass through 4.7 miles of town. In … 0

FRTA proposes new Third Street bus stop in Turners Falls

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The downtown area may get a new bus stop by year’s end, complete with a pull-out, shelter and bike rack. The stop would be located between the two entrances to the public parking lot on Third Street. Town Planner Walter Ramsey said the bus already … 0

Letter: Habitat protection

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It seems as if all Americans are concerned about the death of Cecil the Lion and the loss of other wildlife. We all wonder what can be done to end the seemingly endless destruction of all manner of wild species. We all know that reckless hunting of wild … 0

Radio personality ‘Monte’ Belmonte OK’d to take over Shea Theater

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Shea Theater may see larger traveling acts, more diverse community theater and get an environmentally friendly makeover in the coming year after the Board of Selectmen agreed to award Northampton radio personality and Turners … 0

Researchers look toward second phase of battlefield study

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Researchers are wrapping up the first phase of a project to study the Battle of Great Falls, a decisive event in King Philip’s War that took place on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and … 0

Montague Old Home Days this weekend

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MONTAGUE — The 56th annual Montague Old Home Days will bring food, music and fun to Montague Center this weekend, including a new vintage car show. The celebration kicks off Saturday morning with the 5.5-mile Mug Race beginning … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Turners Falls native’s ongoing portrait series displayed in Boston

Monday, August 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — In March 2014, a nine-alarm fire tore through a Back Bay apartment building, killing two Boston firefighters and injuring 13 others. The horrific blaze touched many lives, including Turners Falls native Derrick Zellmann, who said … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0