Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Website Content Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Master Steering Planning Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

Montague Police continue campaign to keep discarded hypodermic needles in their place

Friday, September 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A hypodermic needle disposal box in the police station joins several that the Montague Police Department has sent out around Turners Falls this spring, to high-traffic local businesses and the village park. Now, a syringe disposal box hangs on the wall inside the station near the big green collection box for unwanted medications. Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III said … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when she died in May of last year, succumbing to the terrible disease that no one … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

Big Brothers Big Sisters open house tonight at Hubie’s

Monday, August 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Don’t know what to do on a Tuesday night? How about signing on to help children reach their full potential? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County will host an informational event tonight at Hubie’s Tavern and Restaurant, 66 Avenue A, the former Jake’s Tavern … 0

Dog shelter to hold 2nd annual Festival of the Dogs fundraiser

Monday, August 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter is planning a day of tail-wagging fun for its second annual Festival of the Dogs fundraiser Sept. 12. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to … 0

Turners Falls to hold 4th Street block party this Saturday

Monday, August 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls will not go without its annual summer block party this year after a new resident stepped up to plan the event. Jocelyn Silverlight, who moved to town at the beginning of June, said … 0

Letter: Build the pipeline

Monday, August 17, 2015

As a resident of Franklin County, I want to add my voice of support for the proposed natural gas pipeline. I was happy to see a couple of articles both talking common-sense reality. One article focused on the ISO and managing our electrical grid. The bottom line is … 5

Montague Old Home Days celebrates 56th year

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Montague — Various dance troupes took over North Street showcasing their skills for the guests of this year’s 56th annual Montague Old Home Days. Out of the 10-hour event, starting with a road race and ending with a … 0

Millers Falls Road stabilization work expected not to impact traffic

Friday, August 14, 2015

MONTAGUE — A project to stabilize soil and manage stormwater along a section of Millers Falls Road will begin next week to prevent washouts in an area that’s been a problem for decades, according to Town Planner Walter … 0

‘Let’s not be colorblind’: Turners Falls residents demand town racism awareness training

Friday, August 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Education, open dialogue and a willingness to listen — that’s what several Turners Falls residents say are the first steps toward addressing the issues of race and racism in the community — even if it … 2

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Montague concerned about pipeline impact

Thursday, August 13, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen sent letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Energy Facilities Siting Board this week outlining the town’s concerns about the potential impacts of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, which would pass through 4.7 miles of town. In … 0