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Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to an accident on the bridge over the Connecticut River at 6:40 p.m. Montague Police Staff Sgt. Christopher Williams said a flatbed tow … 0

Montague absentee ballots available from Town Clerk

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office for the Nov. 4 state election. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov. 3 at noon. To vote absentee you must be out of town on the day of the election, have a religious belief that prohibits you from being at the polls or have a physical disability … 0

FirstLight Power appeals Montague taxes

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — Businesses will pay a slightly lower share of the town’s taxes this year, with a slight shift from the commercial share of the tax burden back to homeowners. Meanwhile, one of the town’s larger taxpayers is appealing its bill. Assessor Barbara Miller said the average single-family homeowner can expect the tax bill to go up 3.4 percent, or about $100. Power … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gill office closed GILL — The office of the town Collector/Treasurer will be closed this week, reopening Oct. 6. Improv coming to the Shea Friday TURNERS FALLS — There’s a new addition to the Shea Theater lineup, with a new resident improv comedy group staging its first show … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Cool Rides Car Show

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — In its fifth year, the Cool Rides Car Show at Franklin County Technical School will feature some surprises, including new awards for participants and more children’s activities. The event will be held on Saturday on Industrial Boulevard. The show will go on rain or shine … 0

Montague City wind turbine plan back in action

Friday, September 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Plans for an unconventional wind turbine in the village of Montague City are back, with the town Zoning Board of Appeals renewing permission first granted over 2 1/ 2 years ago. Mark Maynard of Easthampton … 0

Gill Elementary begins ‘teaching recess’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GILL — Some Gill Elementary School parents are pushing for the school to back out of children’s decisions about where to play in the playground and who to sit with at lunch. Four parents addressed the Gill-Montague School Committee Tuesday, all opposing structured recess and structured lunch practices … 1

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0