Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Neal, whose district includes the western half of Franklin County, not only hopes that … 2

Montague nomination papers available for annual election

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MONTAGUE — Nomination papers for the annual town election May 18 are available in the town clerk’s office until March 26. Papers must be returned no later than 5 p.m. March 30. To be placed on the ballot, candidates for town-wide office need to obtain 30 signatures from … 0

Montague Notebook

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Montague census forms in the mail MONTAGUE — The annual town census/street list forms were mailed Jan. 30. The Board of Registrars is required by state statute to verify and update the name, address, age and occupation of all residents. Town Clerk Debra Bourbeau wrote census responses are … 0

Letter: Treated poorly

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CORRECTION: The following letter to the editor incorrectly said Lustig was fired and his length of employment is also wrong. He was store manager for five years. It is troubling to learn that Dwight Gaddis, former general manager of the Franklin Community Co-op, which owns and operates the … 0

Letter: Graffiti

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I was shocked to see a town building laden with graffiti and I want to thank all of town officials for their support in getting the graffiti off the building in a timely manner. I also want to remind you there is a pending warrant article coming up … 0

Montague special town meeting set for Feb. 18

Monday, February 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — The town is looking for approval to spend close to $88,000 on a union contract, police and legal budgets, and for authority to accept the senior center land and building on Fifth Street. The requests are on the agenda for a special town meeting scheduled for … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

Letter: Too narrow a view

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Please, stop with the cartoons about Fox News. Sure Fox only gives people half the story, but the only problem is it’s not the half they want to hear. They do the same thing as MSNBC, NBC News, and CNN, but from the conservative side. It is said … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

Patriots win had them on the edge of their seats

Sunday, February 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “We got it, we got it,” Mark Lamore of Turners Falls shouted at the top of his voice, already standing but now standing in a crowd that was collectively on its feet. “Rookie in the … 0

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 … 1