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Avenue A bar Jake’s in Turners on sales block

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Jake’s is up for sale. If you haven’t been in, Jake’s Tavern is the low stone building with Christmas lights and a courtyard on Avenue A. If you have, you might have won a live lobster. The bar and restaurant holds Friday meat and lobster raffles, among its distinguishing characteristics. Owner Bill Holbrook, 56, of Greenfield said he’s decided it’s time to retire or semi-retire and spend … 0

Permanent Turners Falls skateboarding park in the works, volunteers plan temporary fun

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With a little grant luck and a lot of concrete, skateboarders could be rolling and jumping in a permanent skate park on the edge of Unity Park by next fall. In the meantime there’s not much for skaters in the county or the town, a situation some hope to change … 0

Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Drumming up a crowd: First Pocumtuck Homelands Festival new draw with Turners Falls Block Party

Sunday, August 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Pounding out a steady rhythm on the large, hide-covered drums in front of them, three men began to chant in unison, drawing out the spirit of their collective Native American heritage. A few feet away, … 0

Turners Falls says no more commerical truck traffic on First Street

Friday, August 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There should be no further rumblings of heavy truck traffic between Unity Park and the bike path. The Montague Board of Selectmen has approved the police chief’s request to ban commercial truck traffic up and down First Street, a steep downhill stretch cutting the corner … 0

More than 15 unlocked cars burglarized in Montague

Friday, August 1, 2014

MONTAGUE — Several residents woke up Friday to find their cars had been entered in the night and valuables stolen. Besides the thefts, the 15-plus victims had one thing in common: they had all left their car doors unlocked overnight. The thefts occurred between Montague Center and Turners … 0

Some say Shea Theater needs new blood

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Two weeks ago the Shea Theater board of directors drew a crowd of supporters, but this week drew an opposite and nearly equal reaction, with the institution painted as insular and out of touch. On … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

Montague’s town emergency alert system modernized

Thursday, July 31, 2014

MONTAGUE — The town expects to be able to alert residents sooner in the event of disasters and dangerous emergencies, with a Code Red emergency notification system now online. Free to residents, the service allows town and emergency agencies to send mass text or voice phone messages. Montague … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have … 0

Low water warning issued Conn. River

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls Dam operator warns water levels will be low Tuesday and Thursday on the Connecticut River, from Turners Falls to Vernon, Vt. According to a release from FirstLight Hydro Generating Company Land Management Administrator Beth Bazler, the company is supporting fellow Connecticut River … 0

Fly for fun and feed the hungry

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aviation has long had a place in food aid, with airplanes and helicopters dropping supplies into remote or cut-off areas following disasters and in the midst of war. Smaller aircraft — much smaller aircraft — will get in … 0