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Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Website Content Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Master Steering Planning Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

Montague Police continue campaign to keep discarded hypodermic needles in their place

Friday, September 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A hypodermic needle disposal box in the police station joins several that the Montague Police Department has sent out around Turners Falls this spring, to high-traffic local businesses and the village park. Now, a syringe disposal box hangs on the wall inside the station near the big green collection box for unwanted medications. Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III said … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when she died in May of last year, succumbing to the terrible disease that no one … 0

FRTA proposes new Third Street bus stop in Turners Falls

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The downtown area may get a new bus stop by year’s end, complete with a pull-out, shelter and bike rack. The stop would be located between the two entrances to the public parking lot on Third Street. Town Planner Walter Ramsey said the bus already … 0

Letter: Habitat protection

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It seems as if all Americans are concerned about the death of Cecil the Lion and the loss of other wildlife. We all wonder what can be done to end the seemingly endless destruction of all manner of wild species. We all know that reckless hunting of wild … 0

Radio personality ‘Monte’ Belmonte OK’d to take over Shea Theater

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Shea Theater may see larger traveling acts, more diverse community theater and get an environmentally friendly makeover in the coming year after the Board of Selectmen agreed to award Northampton radio personality and Turners … 0

Researchers look toward second phase of battlefield study

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Researchers are wrapping up the first phase of a project to study the Battle of Great Falls, a decisive event in King Philip’s War that took place on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and … 0

Montague Old Home Days this weekend

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MONTAGUE — The 56th annual Montague Old Home Days will bring food, music and fun to Montague Center this weekend, including a new vintage car show. The celebration kicks off Saturday morning with the 5.5-mile Mug Race beginning … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Turners Falls native’s ongoing portrait series displayed in Boston

Monday, August 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — In March 2014, a nine-alarm fire tore through a Back Bay apartment building, killing two Boston firefighters and injuring 13 others. The horrific blaze touched many lives, including Turners Falls native Derrick Zellmann, who said … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Great Falls Middle School teacher hired as Gill Elementary principal

Friday, August 7, 2015

GILL — Great Falls Middle School teacher Conor Driscoll has been hired as the new principal of Gill Elementary School. “I’m very excited,” Driscoll said Wednesday. “The energy that the staff has and the excitement that everyone here is showing is great.” Driscoll served as a sixth-grade English … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0