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Low water warning issued Conn. River

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls Dam operator warns water levels will be low Tuesday and Thursday on the Connecticut River, from Turners Falls to Vernon, Vt. According to a release from FirstLight Hydro Generating Company Land Management Administrator Beth Bazler, the company is supporting fellow Connecticut River dam operator TransCanada Hydro Northeast in conducting one of its relicensing studies. FirstLight’s license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requires that … 0

Fly for fun and feed the hungry

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aviation has long had a place in food aid, with airplanes and helicopters dropping supplies into remote or cut-off areas following disasters and in the midst of war. Smaller aircraft — much smaller aircraft — will get in on the act next weekend as the local remote-control flying club revs up for charity … 0

Erving, Montague Notebook

Friday, July 25, 2014

No Erving Town Hall evening hours on Monday ERVING — The Town Hall will be closed on the evening of July 28. The offices will be open for business during their normal daytime hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lake Pleasant housing surveys due LAKE PLEASANT — The deadline for surveys mailed out in early July has been extended to Aug. 8. The … 0

Mohawk Ramblers ride to survive

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MONTAGUE — With the possibility of eviction from their Montague club house looming at year’s end, the Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club spent Saturday afternoon trying to raise awareness of their struggle through the method they know best: taking … 1

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

Testing the white waters of the Connecticut River

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Connecticut River dam owner FirstLight Power Resources has notified the town of Montague that the company will be testing the waters below the dam for white water use, raising the possibility of expanded recreation and tourism in the old industrial village. Town Planner Walter Ramsey … 0

Police, sheriff eye regional special response team

Monday, July 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police special response teams, known colloquially as SWAT teams, have recently been decried by the American Civil Liberties Union for overuse and “military” tactics — but local police departments have no such teams of their own. … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

Montague golf tournament to benefit veterans

Thursday, July 3, 2014

MONTAGUE — Three local men on the Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club board have organized a tournament for July 19 that will help provide flags for the graves of every veteran buried in the town’s 14 cemeteries. Chester Czernich, James Koldis and Burt White said the proceeds … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Buckland woman arrested on heroin, child endangerment charges

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A woman was arrested after allegedly using heroin at a local park with two children in her car. Candace Caswell, 34, of 15 School St., Buckland, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of heroin and reckless endangerment of children. She was found when police … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0