MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

Local family receives anonymous $10,000 check for wheelchair van

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local family that’s been fundraising for months to buy a wheelchair accessible van for its 11-year-old son has received an anonymous $10,000 check, bringing them three-quarters of the way to their final goal. The Norwoods of Turners Falls have been working with a nonprofit called HelpHopeLive to raise the … 0

Drug take-back set for Saturday at several county locations

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Drug take-back day is here again, a day to sort the medicine cabinet wheat from the chaff and dispose of what isn’t needed before it falls into the wrong hands. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day takes place … 0

Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0

Montague to take over Shea Theater utility accounts

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Town of Montague will take over all Shea Theater utility accounts until the end of the year due to the current board’s inability to pay the heating, water and electric bills. Shea Community Theater … 0

Montague Notebook

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

RiverCulture event canceled TURNERS FALLS — “Latino Migrants and Agriculture,” a talk scheduled for Thursday at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, has been canceled. RiverCulture will try to reschedule the program and apologizes for the inconvenience. Gill-Montague bridge closure TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Bridge … 0

Montague denies pipeline survey request

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen has voted to deny Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. the right to survey a parcel of town-owned land near Millers Falls. Town Planner Walter Ramsey said the company did not specify which area in particular it wanted to survey, but said he … 0

‘The Pope and the Planet’ talk set for Thursday in Turners

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — In honor of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, Our Lady of Peace Church will host a presentation and discussion of Pope Francis’ teaching document, “Laudato Si ... On Care for Our Common Home,” Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at 90 Seventh St. The presenters … 0

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

Creating a corridor of conservation

Friday, September 18, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Athol-based Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and roughly eight local landowners are exploring a grant opportunity to permanently protect a corridor of land between Montague and Wendell that would link existing trail systems and preserve the natural landscape. The group plans to apply for a … 0

Lake Pleasant Village Association, Bridge of Names celebrate 40 years

Friday, September 18, 2015

LAKE PLEASANT — Today marks the celebration of twin 40th anniversaries at the Independent Order of Scalpers grounds on Lake Pleasant Road, one of the incorporation of the Lake Pleasant Village Association, the other of the construction of … 0

Three men charged after car stolen and set ablaze in Montague Plains

Friday, September 18, 2015

MONTAGUE — Three Turners Falls men face charges after police say they stole a vehicle, drove it to the Montague Plains and set it on fire. Bryan LaBelle, 19, Ryan Jasper Trudeau, 18, and Matthew Fowler, 21, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of stealing … 0