Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and Wendell can bring their pellet bags to their town transfer stations and the Greenfield Transfer Station accepts pellet bags free from any … 0

Montague selectmen hear Shea board can’t pay bills after June

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MONTAGUE — The nonprofit leasing the Shea Theater building from the town says it will not be able to pay its utility bills as of July 1, six months before its lease expires. Shea Community Theater Inc. is leasing the building under a short-term agreement, after the Shea board and town allowed the … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she … 0

Montague Notebook

Monday, February 16, 2015

Shovel or pay MONTAGUE — Beyond swears and grumbling from passing pedestrians, an un-shoveled sidewalk can bring a fine. “Because of the amount of snow that we have this year we’re going to have to be strict with this,” said Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III. Dodge … 0

Montague town meeting set for Wednesday

Monday, February 16, 2015

MONTAGUE — Plow and sander equipment, union raises and middle of the budget year corrections to the police and legal budgets lead the agenda for Wednesday’s special town meeting. Barring interference from the weather — some forecasters call for snow — the meeting is to be held at … 0

Letter: Building move, access

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concerning the recent article in The Recorder (Jan. 28) on Davis Street School Administration offices and Special Ed office (second floor). I applaud the mayor’s initiative to relocate the school administration offices. But I have concerns about moving to the Main Street TD Bank building. Specifically, I have … 0

Still towing the ski line

Sunday, February 15, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — While this winter’s snow has given many cause to grumble, the Waidlichs have a backyard ski lift. Not a ski lift exactly, but its precursor, a rope tow. Essentially a giant clothesline powered by an … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Two alcohol violations in Montague

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MONTAGUE — The annual liquor license check turned up two violations this year, one a first offense and one a second after half a decade of busy bar business. The Montague Board of Selectmen have issued written warnings to both the owners of The Rendezvous at 78 Third … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

New, but familiar

Thursday, February 12, 2015

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff TURNERS FALLS — Jake’s Tavern closed this year and Hubie’s Tavern & Restaurant has opened in its place. The old wooden bar is still there, but clad in new wood and with a … 3

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

Middle Skills money cut

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A program training adults in machining as a second career in the Franklin County Technical School’s machine shop appears to be in jeopardy. Franklin County Technical School Superintendent James Laverty told his School Committee that Gov. Charlie Baker has cut future funding for the Middle … 0