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

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

SNAP benefits extend to farm shares

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MONTAGUE — For the first time, food stamp recipients will be able to purchase CSA farm shares of fresh fruits and vegetables. One local farm, Red Fire Farm, a 100-acre organic fruits and vegetable farm in Montague, is one of 10 CSA programs participating in a four-month pilot … 0

State puts weight restriction on Montague’s North Leverett Road bridge

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — The North Leverett Road Bridge over the Sawmill River isn’t the kind of bridge you notice you’re going over, but truck drivers with vehicles over 8 tons will have to pay attention now. Town Highway Department Superintendent Bergeron said the state Department of Transportation has applied … 0

Montague hires J’Anthony to oversee Shea Theater visioning process

Friday, September 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The next steps in determining who operates the Shea Theater after this year will be as has been suggested over the past weeks: the town will hire a former director of the downtown community theater … 0

Montague withdraws COG petition that would have allowed barns on Hatchery Road to be rebuilt

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — Hard-fought plans to adjust the layout of Hatchery Road to accommodate a local couple’s plans to rebuild two Civil War-era barns destroyed by arson have evaporated. The Board of Selectmen had agreed to petition the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to adjust the layout of Hatchery … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Letter: Diaper decisions

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I swore I wouldn’t get on a pulpit about this issue but I believe that pressuring our local governments to support Diaper Need Awareness Week is carrying things a little too far. While I’m in agreement that diapers are a basic household necessity than cannot and should not … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0