Participants of Kacy's Kids at Jake's Tavern in Turners Falls spend some time with Santa on Sunday before bringing home their Christmas presents. About 150 tavern patrons donated gifts to 65 families in need. "Small town America turns out better than anyone to help those in need," said owner Bill Holbrook, who started the toy drive in honor of his niece Kacy, seen in the background in her senior lacrosse photo. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Jake’s Tavern patrons make wishes come true for Kacy’s Kids toy drive

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sunday morning, Santa Claus sat at the rear of Jake’s Tavern, handing out packages brought forward from a dining room packed with gifts and telling the children seated by him that everyone in Turners Falls was on the “nice list” this year. This seemed to bring some peace of mind; one young girl afterward ran to her … 0

Marie Putala named Recorder Citizen of Year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marie Putala is so self-effacing about her not-so-random acts of kindness that when she overheard friends’ efforts to nominate her to be Recorder Citizen of the Year, she immediately put the kibosh on it. “I said, ‘No way! This is not going to happen,” said the Turners Falls woman, who immediately sent an … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

United Arc appeals to community for $15,000 for food pantry

Sunday, December 7, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With average monthly visits tripling over the past year and food disappearing off the shelves, the United Arc is asking for the community’s help to raise $15,000 to support its food pantry. The Arc’s current available funds for the food pantry will not be adequate … 0

Letter: The Ferguson ‘show’

Friday, December 5, 2014

For at least a month now, the media has been serving supposition and conjecture to the public. NECN ran a sound bite every day for 10 days that “the decision whether or not to indict the Ferguson police office who shot could be handed down any minute now.” … 3

New statue to symbolize identity of combined Catholic parish

Thursday, December 4, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — When the congregations of St. Anne, Sacred Heart and St. Mary of the Assumption merged nine years ago Jan. 1 as our Lady of Peace, the more prized religious art of the French Canadian and … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Elders wanting services put on wait list

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Elders seeking home care services are now on a waiting list after Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed $2.3 million cuts from elder services went into effect Monday The governor’s office notified all 27 aging services agencies that certain elders must be placed on a waiting list … 0

“Wonderful Night” in Turners Falls next Friday

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Avenue A and Third Street businesses will be open late with live music, giveaways and specials Dec. 12. The annual event “It’s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls” runs 5 to 10 p.m., wrapping around the annual “Welcome Yule” musical and storytelling production at 7:30 … 0

Letter: Slipped his mind

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In response to Tim Grant’s rant about Obama and us “libs,” it never ceases to amaze me how these people forget the eight years we all suffered under George W. Bush. Getting us into two wars, tax cuts for the rich, leaving us trillions of dollars in debt. … 0

‘Readiness is all’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” — William Shakespeare, “As You Like It.” Along with an expanded vocabulary and an edge in English class, several actors in Young Shakespeare Players East … 0

Consultant makes recommendations to plan for future of Shea Theater

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The consultant hired by the Montague Board of Selectmen to direct planning for the future of the Shea Theater is recommending that the theater take on a paid manager, adhere to term limits for its … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0