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7 families displaced on Thanksgiving; No one hurt in Montague pre-dawn kitchen fire

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — A house fire struck before dawn Thursday on Dry Hill Road in Montague, displacing seven families before their Thanksgiving holiday could begin. The apartment house at 9 Dry Hill Road was badly damaged by 4:20. Route 63 at Dry Hill was closed while about 70 firefighters from 17 departments battled the blaze. As of 11:45 the scene … 0

County shares bounty: Thanksgiving more than just a meal

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE — As many businesses and organizations shut down for the day, the Montague Elks Lodge and the Greenfield People’s Pint opened their doors and offered residents a Thanksgiving meal. From noon to 2 p.m. the Elks Lodge served a free community meal to anybody who needed it, no matter their wealth or … 0

Central Street fire caused by smoking

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Investigators have a cause in the late October fire that displaced eight residents of a Central Street apartment building. Jim DeSimone of the Department of Fire Services said the case has been closed and investigators have determined the Oct. 29 fire at 45 Central St. was cased by improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire closed the street as multiple … 0

Charter NEX Films cuts 16 jobs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A Montague plastics maker, Charter NEX Films, has cut 16 jobs at its Turners Falls plant to adjust after the factory took four manufacturing lines out of commission, according to Chief Operating Officer David Timm. The plant, located in the Turners Falls industrial park, produces … 0

Greenfield, Montague to hold Veterans Day ceremony today

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Greenfield and Montague are holding Veterans Day events today. In Greenfield, a parade will step off from the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street at 10 a.m. and run to the Veterans Memorial Mall off Main Street, where there will be music, speeches and wreath-laying. In Turners Falls, … 0

Despite US Fish and Wildlife pulling staffing, Great Falls Discovery Center announces expanded winter hours

Sunday, November 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center announced this week it will expand its winter hours after the Department of Conservation and Recreation hired two full-time, seasonal staff members. The state stepped up to fill a vacancy … 0

Montague Center water OK to drink; boil order lifted

Sunday, November 8, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Residents can stop boiling their tap water before drinking or cooking with it — unless they simply need it boiling-hot. The town lifted a boil water order Saturday morning, according to Montague Police. The order had been issued after tests turned up E. coli bacteria … 0

Sun tries to torch porch

Sunday, November 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls firefighters responded to something out of the ordinary Sunday afternoon. Firefighter Michael Currie said a small porch fire on I Street started around 3 p.m. when sun beams concentrated by a clear glass jug full of water hit a dry mop head, catching … 0

Battlefield project moves forward, researchers shift focus to getting permission to study land

Friday, November 6, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With much of the work complete in the first phase of a study of the Battle of Great Falls — a decisive fight of King Philip’s War that took place on the banks of the … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Lake Pleasant gets $5K for bell tower repairs

Thursday, November 5, 2015

LAKE PLEASANT — The Montague Board of Selectmen awarded $5,000 to the Lake Pleasant Village Association for an ongoing project to restore a memorial bell tower that houses one of the village’s last remaining artifacts from its spiritualist … 0

Letter: Use the formal name

Thursday, November 5, 2015

KUDOS to Greenfield resident, Ed Gregory, for setting the record straight in his letter to the editor (Oct. 22), regarding the correct name of the bridge spanning the Connecticut River between Turners Falls and Gill. It would behoove “The powers that be” as well as anyone; i.e. news … 0

Former supt. Hollins back in Greenfield schools management

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Former Superintendent Susan Hollins won Tuesday night’s write-in race for a seat on the Greenfield School Committee, with 65 percent of the votes cast for the vacant two-year seat. As such, she will be a member … 0