Montague

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

Local restaurant, supermarket receive liquor license warnings

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Two local businesses have been issued one-day liquor license suspensions to be continued for the next 12 months by the Board of Selectmen for selling alcohol to underage customers during a compliance check. The suspensions will only take effect if the businesses violate the law again. On June 17, the Montague Police Department conducted alcohol compliance checks using underage adults … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the … 0

Gill Elementary School principal resigns

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GILL — Principal Kathleen Bailer has resigned from her position at the Gill Elementary School to accept a job as a principal in West Springfield, according to Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. “Kathleen has served the Gill school and community with distinction for four years and … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0

Leukemia puts 4-year-old, family on roller coaster

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Quiet, well-behaved Indira Wiles looks and acts like a normal 4-year-old on a good day, but if her fever hits 100.4 or more, her parents are rushing her to the hospital. “She was admitted to … 0

‘Rides for Health’ seeks volunteer drivers

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Home Care Corporation seeks volunteers for Rides for Health, a relatively new program that addresses an unmet need for elders in our community: transportation to and from medical and health care-related venues, such as an appointment with a specialist at Baystate Medical Center … 0

Letter: Priorities

Friday, July 3, 2015

This will be short and sweet: The last couple of days, I have been reading how there is an interest in creating a cultural district in Greenfield. I can see how this would be very beneficial to the town. We all need culture. However, I was wondering if … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, … 0

Outdoor music at Hubie’s Tavern draws crowds, complaints

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Hubie’s Tavern and Restaurant came under fire at a Board of Selectmen meeting this week after residents voiced complaints that music from the venue’s outdoor patio is excessive and disruptive, but some have expressed concern … 1

Australis Aquaculture swimming in business

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Cawing seagulls circle over a sea-sprayed wooden dock while bearded men wearing skullcaps and tall rubber wading boots use long nets to unload the day’s catch. A thick rope holds their small boat in place … 0

Montague trash pickup unaffected by Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague town trash and recycle pick-up will not change due to the July 4th holiday this week. The holiday is observed on Saturday. However, the town’s Recycle/Transfer Station will be closed Saturday in observance of the holiday. … 0

Nothing found after bridge, river search

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MONTAGUE CITY — Reports of a man on the railing of the General Pierce Bridge prompted a search of the swollen Connecticut River after dark Tuesday, but police believe the man walked away. Turners Fall firefighter Trisha Dana said the Turners and Greenfield fire rescue boats searched the … 0