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Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce Phillips said cuts circulated on Facebook didn’t make it into the final recommendation. Superintendent Michael Sullivan said he had earlier planned to … 1

Signs sought for historic, somewhat hidden cemetery in Montague

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MONTAGUE — Dry Hill Cemetery is out there, somewhere, although you might not know it if you saw it. Lack of public access to the cemetery has been a topic of town discussion for years, and the latest proposal is to put up signs with a state grant and make some minor repairs to a trail reaching the cemetery from Dry Hill Cross … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Relay for Life of Franklin County to hold kickoff

Thursday, January 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — On Saturday at 10 a.m., the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Franklin County is holding a kickoff for people interested in learning more about the annual community charity event. The meeting will be held at St. Kazimierz Hall at 197 Avenue A. There … 0

Archaeologist may study Turners Falls history

Friday, January 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Pending town approval, a Connecticut archaeological team will take up a two-year study of the bloody incident that began under present-day Barton Cove and continued into present-day Greenfield and surrounding areas during King Philip’s War. … 0

Letter: Green electricity

Friday, January 9, 2015

How Green is Green? I have been waiting for someone to pull the “I use green electricity” in the letters to editor and it came sooner than even I expected. Glad you’re helping to reduce emissions! Fact is, you’re not, really. “Green” electricity does not come from the … 0

Montague takes steps toward Millers Falls Powers Block sale

Thursday, January 8, 2015

MONTAGUE — The town and a local contractor are in the final stages of a deal to transfer a tax-taken slice of downtown Millers Falls, and elsewhere this week the town auctioned off five parcels among its patchwork … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Letter: Make ADA a priority

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My efforts, energy, education and advocacy for Americans with Disabilities is ongoing, now and in the future, for Turners Falls. “All state, county and municipal-owned and leased buildings must satisfy the requirements of equal access under Title 11. In 1992, the ADA required state and municipalities to conduct … 0

Police: Identity thief ‘knew she was going to get caught’

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local woman faces identity fraud charges after allegedly opening and using several credit cards in the name of a former friend. Karrissa Lareau, 20, is charged with identity fraud, improper use of a credit card over $250 and larceny over $250. A warrant was … 0

Letter: Adapting to change

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

On the same day, the Vermont Yankee Reactor was “unplugged,” the train through Greenfield was re-enstated. This is interesting irony. When I read of Vernon officials, nuke workers and business owners complaining about how to adapt to the anticipated loss of revenue, I object. A judicious parent will … 1

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Franklin Tech School set to get 3-D printer

Monday, January 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — By fall, students at Franklin County Technical School will be able to model real-life fit-to-scale designs with a 3-D printer in their engineering and physics classes. The technical school received a $99,557 STEM grant from the Mass. Life Sciences Foundation to upgrade school equipment and … 0