Montague

Liquor licenses, eminent domain, building savings funds, zoning bylaws on Montague Special Town Meeting agenda

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — A special town meeting at the end of the month will decide whether to petition the Legislature for two additional liquor licenses for potential restaurants in Millers Falls and Montague Center. The first liquor license article would seek creation of an on-premises, all-alcohol liquor license to be attached to the Powers Block building, 26-28 East Main St. in downtown Millers Falls. Contractor Robert Obear Jr. is rehabilitating the … 0

Montague Health Department to fine overflowing dumpsters

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — Exasperated with a small number of landlords leaving business and apartment dumpsters to overflow with refuse, the town Health Department will begin charging $50 per offense. “As usual, it’s really a handful of town property owners that just let their dumpsters go wild,” Health Department Director Gina McNeely said. The bill for $50, likely with a picture of the offending dumpster, … 0

Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to an accident on the bridge over the Connecticut River at 6:40 p.m. Montague Police Staff … 0

Montague police: couple ambushed, robbed at gunpoint

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — One man was arrested and three suspects are at large after a gunpoint robbery in an Avenue A apartment. Two victims, a husband and wife from Warren, were taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries to their faces, heads and … 1

Montague sewer rates likely to stay level

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sewer rates won’t go up this year, a decision the Montague Board of Selectmen made largely in support of the last remaining paper mill in Montague. The Board of Selectmen, in their capacity as the town Sewer Commissioners, voted unanimously to keep the sewer rates … 0

Shelter dogs have their day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs as dinner dates for a Saturday fundraiser. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter will hold its first Festival of the Dogs from 11 a.m. to 5 … 0

Unity Park accessible swing plan altered

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The wheelchair-accessible swing planned for Unity Park has been dropped in favor of a different design, and is back on track. The volunteer group behind the effort reached its goal of $15,000 for the project last September, with less than five months of fundraising, but … 0

River cleanup results trickle in

Monday, September 29, 2014

Angela Mrozinski of the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, which organizes the annual four-state Source to Sea Cleanup said it will be some time before numbers are tallied, but was hopeful that Saturday’s sun boosted volunteer turnout. In Greenfield, David Boles of the Deerfield River Watershed Association estimated … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gill office closed GILL — The office of the town Collector/Treasurer will be closed this week, reopening Oct. 6. Improv coming to the Shea Friday TURNERS FALLS — There’s a new addition to the Shea Theater lineup, with a new resident improv comedy group staging its first show … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Cool Rides Car Show

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — In its fifth year, the Cool Rides Car Show at Franklin County Technical School will feature some surprises, including new awards for participants and more children’s activities. The event will be held on Saturday on Industrial Boulevard. The show will go on rain or shine … 0

Montague City wind turbine plan back in action

Friday, September 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Plans for an unconventional wind turbine in the village of Montague City are back, with the town Zoning Board of Appeals renewing permission first granted over 2 1/ 2 years ago. Mark Maynard of Easthampton … 0

Gill Elementary begins ‘teaching recess’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GILL — Some Gill Elementary School parents are pushing for the school to back out of children’s decisions about where to play in the playground and who to sit with at lunch. Four parents addressed the Gill-Montague School Committee Tuesday, all opposing structured recess and structured lunch practices … 1