Montague

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Medicine Mammals, said she is currently caring for raccoons, possums, a flying squirrel and her babies, a baby porcupine and turtles. Loril … 0

Dog rescued after fall through ice on Connecticut River

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — It was a close call for a wayward dog who wandered into the Connecticut River and fell through the ice Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the area below the Turners Falls dam at about 2:04 p.m., and found the dog about 30 feet from the shore, struggling to stay above the surface of the icy water. “Crews in ice suits … 0

Architect lays out 4 options for new Gill-Montague senior center

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The architect hired to look at locations for a possible new senior center laid out those options Tuesday evening and gave an idea of what the new center might hold, including dedicated classroom and exercise rooms and a spacious multi-purpose room. John Catlin of Catlin and Petrovick Architects laid out … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Assessments a mixed bag for Gill-Montague school districts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gill and Montague now have working numbers for their shares of the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget. Montague’s assessment came as a pleasant surprise; Gill’s, less so. Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the district passed on an assessment less than $1,000 over what Montague considered an affordable … 0

Montague Inn plan still on

Friday, March 6, 2015

MONTAGUE — Like Mark Twain in 1897, reports of the death of a planned Montague eatery were greatly exaggerated. Tom Walsh, an Amherst restaurateur with plans to open a family restaurant in the former Montague Inn bar building on Route 63 in Montague Center, says those plans are … 0

Gill Elementary frees up recess

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILL — Control of the playground is to loosen somewhat at Gill Elementary School. Several parents last September protested a new recess rule at the school requiring students to pick a play station and stick to it. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee discussed the policy in February and … 0

Food City sells winning $4.79M lottery ticket; third big jackpot in town since 2012

Thursday, March 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Someone who shops at Food City is a newly minted millionaire. A winning $4.79 million lottery ticket was sold by the Avenue A supermarket, although the winner hadn’t stepped forward by press time Thursday. The … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Shea lessee plans pullout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The nonprofit leasing the Shea Theater from the town does not intend to apply for a renewed lease, the president of its board of directors said Wednesday. “Not at this time. ... We hadn’t really seen the kind of commitment to the space and we … 0

Driver dumps burning load in Turners Falls parking lot

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — You don’t usually burn recycled cardboard. Nonetheless, a recycling truck in Turners Falls had to dump its load early Wednesday morning in a parking lot, after it caught fire. Capt. Kyle Cogswell of the Turners … 0

Letter: Clear those hydrants

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In reference to clearing snow-covered fire hydrants: Upon numerous phone conversations with local and state officials, enforcement is necessary for the safety of all us in fire emergency. Bylaws are not enforced without fines or enforcement agent. We need a designated fire delegate (12-month position) in each and … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0