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Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Some say Shea Theater needs new blood

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Two weeks ago the Shea Theater board of directors drew a crowd of supporters, but this week drew an opposite and nearly equal reaction, with the institution painted as insular and out of touch. On the agenda for the Montague selectmen’s meeting was an update on the legal process required to maintain the Shea Board as tenant … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” Sherry, who grew up in Florence and lived in Greenfield … 0

Montague’s town emergency alert system modernized

Thursday, July 31, 2014

MONTAGUE — The town expects to be able to alert residents sooner in the event of disasters and dangerous emergencies, with a Code Red emergency notification system now online. Free to residents, the service allows town and emergency agencies to send mass text or voice phone messages. Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III announced the system earlier bought into by the town … 0

Gas odor length of Turners’ main drag not known

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Fire departments and gas technicians searched the length of Avenue A and Montague City Road and the road’s extensions into Greenfield and Gill, but could not locate the source of a powerful gas odor. The smell of the additive used to alert human nostrils to … 0

Letter: Threat to solar

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity (aka photovoltaics/PV). The Massachusetts House bill H4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses, and community solar, endangering local jobs and limiting the potential to offset fossil fuel. As the 2012 Solarize Montague coordinator and … 0

Shea lease lapsed, selectmen OK stop-gap

Monday, July 14, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Board of Selectmen voted on Monday night to mitigate the damage of a lapse in the lease held by the volunteers who keep the only community theater in the immediate area running, extending the Shea Theater lease until Dec. 31, 2015. The motion … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 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