Letter: Time to move on

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It’s been over three years since the town entered into negotiations with Mark Zaccheo and his proposal to purchase the building for use as an apartment complex. Since that time, the purchase price has dropped from $50,000 to $1. Also since that time, the town (at taxpayers’ cost) has made many improvements, including new water pipes and has maintained the building. At town meeting, the town committed another $15,000 for … 0

Montague K9s get protective gear

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague police dogs Sunny and Artie have received bullet/stab-resistant vests from a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The charity hosted a motorcycle ride that raised about $15,000 for 16 Massachusetts K9s. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to … 0

Soapbox Derby needs driver

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Soapbox Derby didn’t happen last year, and it’s in danger of not happening again if the founder can’t find an organization to take over the reins of the gravity-powered race. “If nobody gets in touch with me by the end of May then (I’ll) give up and put … 0

Montague annual town meeting: graffiti, windows, broadband

Sunday, April 19, 2015

MONTAGUE — Money to extend broadband Internet access and to replace elementary school windows and a bylaw aimed at curbing graffiti figure among 30 requests to be put to town meeting members May 2. The Saturday annual town meeting is to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Turners … 0

FCHCC receives funds to support walkathon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS —Franklin County Home Care Corp. has received a $500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to help underwrite this year’s Meals on Wheels Walkathon. The area aging agency received the funds as a result of its participation in Subaru of America’s seventh annual “Share the Love” … 0

Montague arson accomplice pleads guilty

Friday, April 17, 2015

MONTAGUE — A Greenfield man who helped burn down his friends’ parents’ barns has been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty Friday. Matthew Tetreault, 19, of 114 Maple St., pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of arson of a dwelling, burning the contents of a … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Montague makes planter committee

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — After an hour’s discussion of proposed guidelines for the management of the downtown planters, the Board of Selectmen voted by a majority to create a planter committee and task it with making its own guidelines, still … 0

Temporary appointment brings McIntosh back to Montague assessors office

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Retired assessing technician Douglas McIntosh is returning to the Montague assessors’ office to fill the gap while the town finds a new director of assessing. The Board of Selectmen last week rejected the Board of Assessors’ pick for the director’s position, and this week unanimously … 0

Montague selectmen appoint Lynch to Cable Advisory Committee

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Kathleen Lynch will serve on the Montague Cable Advisory Committee for an initial appointment ending in June, over the objection of Selectman Mark Fairbrother. Lynch is station manager for Easthampton cable access station Easthampton Media and married to Dean Garvin, station manager for Montague Community … 0

Franklin County Home Care Corp. counsels seniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Last December, Dorothy moved to Sunderland after living in New Hampshire to be close to family and friends and settle in the country. In New Hampshire, the 83-year-old had received fuel aid by applying through … 0

Body found in Connecticut river tentatively identified, says DA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release an identity Tuesday, but described the body recovered Monday from the Connecticut River as that of a white male. District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said Tuesday the deceased has been tentatively identified, awaiting confirmation from the medical … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0