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Matt Guertin of Greenfield rolls his kayak in the unusually high water by the ledges known as the rock dam in Turners Falls on Monday. Utility company FirstLight Power Resources scheduled releases from dams upstream to test the section of the Connecticut River bypassing the Turners Falls power canal for white water recreational use as part of its bid for a renewed license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 
Recorder Chris Curtis

Watershed moment

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River below the Turners Falls-Gill Dam was uncharacteristically high and fast this weekend, and filled with boaters. Relicensing project manager John Howard of FirstLight said the usual summertime flow over the dam into the section of the river bypassing the power canal is about 120 cubic feet per second. On Sunday afternoon, the flow measured … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

2 Turners Falls women in head-on crash

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls woman was taken to the hospital after a head-on collision on Routes 5 and 10 Thursday. Police responded to the head-on accident near Yankee Candle Co. at about 3 p.m., and found that one driver was injured and both small cars had sustained heavy damage, according to patrolman Adam Sokoloski. Susan Bartlett, 59, of Turners Falls, was taken … 0

Chestnut Hill broadband effort advances

Friday, June 27, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Chestnut Hill-based effort to bring high-speed Internet access to the neighborhood advanced this week. Organizer Lisa Enzer said the Montague Board of Selectmen heard from a number of supporters and at least one detractor concerned about moving too quickly on a betterment district, and will … 0

Gill, Montague holiday trash collection schedule

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gill trash day shift GILL — Due to the Fourth of July holiday, Gill’s curbside collection of trash and recyclables is rescheduled to Saturday, July 5. Regular Friday collection will resume on July 11. As always, everything should be at the curb by 7 a.m. Montague trash day … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

60 Franklin County doctors sign on to prescriber pledge to date

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sixty Franklin County doctors, surgeons, dentists, psychiatrists and other health care providers have signed on to the Safe Prescriber Pledge to adopt practices that ensure safe prescribing practices for potentially addictive medications as the region battles opioid abuse. Another 19 physicians in the Ware region also … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Montague Center chief earns Massachusetts Fire Service Commission chief’s accreditation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MONTAGUE CENTER — Spending close to three decades behind the wheel of the Montague Center Fire Department, continuing education and certifications have earned Chief John Greene official accreditation as a fire chief. Greene has been doing the job … 0

Turners Falls High School looks into European vacation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School teachers are exploring the possibility of a European April vacation for interested students next year, or the year after. Special education teacher and ninth-grade team leader Nancy Weld brought the idea to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday. “I think … 0

Turners Falls man charged with beating 61-year-old man over $20 heroin debt

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man wound up on the wrong side of the law twice in one day: first for drug possession, then for beating an older man with a golf club to collect a drug debt, according to police. In Greenfield District Court on Tuesday, Oscar … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Letter: Shopping options

Monday, June 23, 2014

To Mr. Bos: Here’s a suggestion. If we ever do get a Walmart, or whatever evil big box store comes here, sometime, here’s an idea for you: Don’t shop there. Vote with your wallet, stand up and show them you can’t be persuaded! Drive wherever you like to … 0