Montague

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 Boston Globe. On Page D6 you’ll find a story about the 88-year-old, who was recently found partying in the Gillette Stadium parking … 0

Montague special town meeting continues over posting concern, decides raises, liquor licenses

Thursday, October 30, 2014

MONTAGUE — A raise for part-time emergency dispatchers, three liquor licenses beyond the town quota and new savings funds all got the OK from special town meeting voters Wednesday night, after some questions as to the meeting’s validity. Town meeting member Jeanne Golrick contested the town meeting’s right to convene, saying notice was not posted 14 days in advance or in the proper … 0

Letter: Fortunate to have him

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Rep. Steve Kulik on issues related to funding for our local school district. Steve has consistently been available, informed and helpful throughout this process. I don’t think that we’ve had a meeting that he or his aide did not attend (usually both). He has shown a deep understanding of the problems … 0

Pumpkinfest turns five Saturday

Monday, October 13, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Pumpkinfest turns five Saturday, a birthday that will be celebrated in seasonal style the length of downtown. Begun by resident and now selectman Michael Nelson as a local alternative to the Keene … 0

Suspended sentences for dogs in two separate attacks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MONTAGUE — A dog that bit a terrified passerby on the bike path and another that jumped its fence to attack a passing mail carrier have been given second and third chances, respectively. The Board of Selectmen dealt with two dog hearings at their Monday meeting, ordering the … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0

Greenfield Cross Road reopening raises hackles

Friday, October 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen is poised to reopen an out-of-the way shortcut between Hatchery and Greenfield roads, prompting an accusation of retaliation and the threat of a lawsuit from an abutter embroiled in a dispute with the selectmen and town officials. Hatchery Road residents Lisa and … 0

Montague selectmen’s chair limits public comment

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MONTAGUE — Should residents be allowed to weigh in on the decisions of their elected officials as they are made? That was among the issues at a nearly four-hour meeting of the Board of Selectmen this week, with the small audience and a member of the board opposed … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Montague Center School sale nears

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Nearly three years after the town accepted a developer’s offer to buy the former Montague Center School for $50,000, the conversion into apartments is nearing what was presented as its last hurdle, a fire code requirement … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Letter: Pedestrians beware!

Monday, October 6, 2014

My efforts, since May 2014, continue with officials in Turners Falls to address and post pedestrian signs at crosswalks at dangerous locations such as J and Canal streets in Turners Falls, school zones and Avenue A. Facts: There are five crosswalks from the library to the paper mill … 0