Montague will wait on tobacco regulations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — To allow more public comment, the Board of Health delayed a decision on raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 on Wednesday. The board decided to accept public comment until Jan. 15, and take the matter up again at its Jan. 21 meeting. The age change, as well as other proposed tobacco regulations, is aimed at keeping youth tobacco-free. “If young people have availability and access to … 0

Montague mulls tobacco purchase age shift to 21

Monday, December 15, 2014

The already tight grip on tobacco sales in Franklin County is poised to strengthen, with the health boards of two county towns considering an increase in the minimum purchase age from 18 to 21. The Montague and Leverett health boards are considering the change among new regulations, and advocates hope other towns will follow suit. New York City raised the tobacco sales age … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 0

Montague parking ban begins now

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — Wednesday’s snow triggered the town-wide overnight street parking ban five days early. Montague Police used the town’s Code Red emergency alert system to notify residents Wednesday afternoon, and urged residents to stay off the roads. Parking is not allowed from 1 to 5 a.m. on any … 0

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA … 2

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy … 0

Montague selectmen: Open Meeting Law complaint doesn’t apply

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Board of Selectmen will apply for special legislation to ratify the decisions made at an improperly posted special town meeting last month. Town meeting members overwhelmingly approved the course of action at the meeting, over the objections of Millers Falls member Jeanne Golrick, … 0

Turners Falls baby couldn’t wait

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Brett and Michelle Simon carefully planned everything about their fourth child’s birth. However, their youngest daughter had plans of her own, and they didn’t include waiting to get to the delivery room. Brooklyn Michelle Simon … 0

Art and science of generosity

Friday, November 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — For a good cause, take a chance to win three liters of very strong beer. In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Element Brewing Co. is raffling off five three-liter bottles of something it calls double … 0

Surprise! Turners firefighters help deliver baby

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Local firefighters made a special delivery Thursday afternoon. “We brought a little girl into the world today, right in the back of our ambulance,” said Capt. Kyle Cogswell. Cogswell and firefighter Michael Currie were sent … 0

Letter: To our rescue

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was a dark and anxious day at Turners Falls High School when its long-time building construction program was in a little bit of trouble. After 29 years of delivering quality custom-made storage sheds for sale to the public, the program encountered a problem with its specially made … 0

Letter: Defending Madison, art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The photo and story concerning complaints against Rodney Madison’s outdoor displays in front of his store at 104 Avenue A in Turners Falls were very biased against this artist and shopkeeper. To say that objects were “strewn” on the sidewalk — without the use of quotation marks in … 0

Madison on the Ave. legal, per majority opinion

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Madison on the Ave. owner Rodney Madison sought permits for his retail sidewalk display and a retraction of questions about his business’ legality Tuesday, and was partially successful. The Board of Selectmen approved Madison’s three applications for use of public property to advertise his business … 0