Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino holds one of the three medals he won in skiing at the Vermont winter Special Olympics. Submitted photo

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this year in Vermont’s Special Olympics and carved through the slalom gates to three gold medals at the intermediate level. Next stop nationals, his mother hopes, then the global Special Olympics in Austria in 2017. Nick Saladino and his mother Nekki were both at the Technical School Wednesday, as they are most days, … 0

Letter: Token victory

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This ain’t your father’s bud. Interesting article on medical marijuana in The Recorder. Back in the ’70s, I studied under a psychologist that helped to set the program up in Mississippi. Originally, it was instituted for studies on marijuana, including psychological effects and medical use. Indeed, the medical marijuana program has been in effect since the early ’70s, however has not been widely … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly toward the defenseless mutton. If they reach the sheepfold, the game is over; it is … 0

Expanded liquor license request moves ahead in Turners Falls

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Third Street cafe and beer and wine bar Five Eyed Fox repeated its request to add liquor to its pouring license this week. Deferred at an earlier meeting over Selectman Mark Fairbrother’s concern that the town is requesting too many liquor licenses over its quota, … 0

Montague selectmen revoke Madison sidewalk licenses

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague selectmen have revoked three licenses earlier granted to local business owner Rodney Madison for his sidewalk and planter displays in front of Madison on the Avenue on Avenue A. Selectman Mark Fairbrother said … 0

Springfield bishop visits Turners Falls as part of annual Catholic appeal

Monday, March 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Amid children and families of the Montague Catholic Social Ministries, Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski announced that the diocese is well on its way to reaching its $3 million goal for its annual Catholic Appeal. … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Assessments a mixed bag for Gill-Montague school districts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gill and Montague now have working numbers for their shares of the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget. Montague’s assessment came as a pleasant surprise; Gill’s, less so. Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the district passed on an assessment less than $1,000 over what Montague considered an affordable … 0

Montague Inn plan still on

Friday, March 6, 2015

MONTAGUE — Like Mark Twain in 1897, reports of the death of a planned Montague eatery were greatly exaggerated. Tom Walsh, an Amherst restaurateur with plans to open a family restaurant in the former Montague Inn bar building on Route 63 in Montague Center, says those plans are … 0

Gill Elementary frees up recess

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILL — Control of the playground is to loosen somewhat at Gill Elementary School. Several parents last September protested a new recess rule at the school requiring students to pick a play station and stick to it. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee discussed the policy in February and … 0

Food City sells winning $4.79M lottery ticket; third big jackpot in town since 2012

Thursday, March 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Someone who shops at Food City is a newly minted millionaire. A winning $4.79 million lottery ticket was sold by the Avenue A supermarket, although the winner hadn’t stepped forward by press time Thursday. The … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Shea lessee plans pullout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The nonprofit leasing the Shea Theater from the town does not intend to apply for a renewed lease, the president of its board of directors said Wednesday. “Not at this time. ... We hadn’t really seen the kind of commitment to the space and we … 0