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Gertrude Woodard accepts the Boston Post Cane Award Tuesday from selectman Mark Fairbrother at her home in Turners Falls. 
Recorder Chris Curtis

Boston Post cane awarded to Montague’s oldest resident: Gertrude Woodard, 95

Friday, October 24, 2014

MONTAGUE — Gertrude Woodard said she doesn’t believe she is Montague’s oldest resident, but according to resident John Reynolds’s research she is. As such, Woodard is the first recipient in some time of Montague’s Boston Post Cane Award. “I don’t believe it. Mr. Reynolds says he looked it up in the town records, and I still don’t believe it,” Woodard … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

Montague Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Domestic violence remembrance TURNERS FALLS — A remembrance ceremony is planned for Saturday morning in memory of Vivian Morrissey, Virginia Ferrer, Catherine Gochinski, Tracy Sheperd and all past and present victims of domestic violence. The four Montague women were killed by their partners in the space of a year and a half in the late 1980s, pushing domestic violence into the public eye … 0

River cleanup results trickle in

Monday, September 29, 2014

Angela Mrozinski of the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, which organizes the annual four-state Source to Sea Cleanup said it will be some time before numbers are tallied, but was hopeful that Saturday’s sun boosted volunteer turnout. In Greenfield, David Boles of the Deerfield River Watershed Association estimated … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gill office closed GILL — The office of the town Collector/Treasurer will be closed this week, reopening Oct. 6. Improv coming to the Shea Friday TURNERS FALLS — There’s a new addition to the Shea Theater lineup, with a new resident improv comedy group staging its first show … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Cool Rides Car Show

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — In its fifth year, the Cool Rides Car Show at Franklin County Technical School will feature some surprises, including new awards for participants and more children’s activities. The event will be held on Saturday on Industrial Boulevard. The show will go on rain or shine … 0

Montague City wind turbine plan back in action

Friday, September 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Plans for an unconventional wind turbine in the village of Montague City are back, with the town Zoning Board of Appeals renewing permission first granted over 2 1/ 2 years ago. Mark Maynard of Easthampton … 0

Gill Elementary begins ‘teaching recess’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GILL — Some Gill Elementary School parents are pushing for the school to back out of children’s decisions about where to play in the playground and who to sit with at lunch. Four parents addressed the Gill-Montague School Committee Tuesday, all opposing structured recess and structured lunch practices … 1

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

SNAP benefits extend to farm shares

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MONTAGUE — For the first time, food stamp recipients will be able to purchase CSA farm shares of fresh fruits and vegetables. One local farm, Red Fire Farm, a 100-acre organic fruits and vegetable farm in Montague, is one of 10 CSA programs participating in a four-month pilot … 0

State puts weight restriction on Montague’s North Leverett Road bridge

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — The North Leverett Road Bridge over the Sawmill River isn’t the kind of bridge you notice you’re going over, but truck drivers with vehicles over 8 tons will have to pay attention now. Town Highway Department Superintendent Bergeron said the state Department of Transportation has applied … 0