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Safety boaters at the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon cheer for a participant as he makes his way down the Deerfield River. Some local outdoor enthusiasts and officials are hoping a Boston Olympics with "regional equity" could potentially feature Franklin County locations, such as the Deerfield River for whitewater events.

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Neal, whose district includes the western half of Franklin County, not only hopes that a Boston Olympics might extend to sites in western Massachusetts but might serve as an impetus to build east-west railway passenger transportation between Pittsfield, Springfield and Boston. Bruce Lessels, of Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont, and Ted Fay, a sports management professor at the State University of New York, invited representatives from the … 2

Montague Dems caucus in May, nominations due in March

Friday, February 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague Democrats will hold their caucus to select candidates for town office on April 8 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the Montague Town Hall, 1 Avenue A. Successful candidates receive the party nomination to appear on the May 18 town election ballot. Only registered Democrats may run in this caucus. Democrats who wish to … 0

Black History Month: Music and Diversity in Turners Wednesday

Friday, February 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Wednesday, the Great Falls Harvest restaurant hosts a celebration of Black History Month with Bob McNeil, a spoken word artist from New York City, and a piano and cello duo. Accompanied by a percussionist, McNeil will share poems and songs celebrating prominent African-Americans. According to organizers, McNeil is the poetry editor for BLACFAX and the author of two books, “Secular … 0

Letter: Treated poorly

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CORRECTION: The following letter to the editor incorrectly said Lustig was fired and his length of employment is also wrong. He was store manager for five years. It is troubling to learn that Dwight Gaddis, former general manager of the Franklin Community Co-op, which owns and operates the … 0

Letter: Graffiti

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I was shocked to see a town building laden with graffiti and I want to thank all of town officials for their support in getting the graffiti off the building in a timely manner. I also want to remind you there is a pending warrant article coming up … 0

Montague special town meeting set for Feb. 18

Monday, February 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — The town is looking for approval to spend close to $88,000 on a union contract, police and legal budgets, and for authority to accept the senior center land and building on Fifth Street. The requests are on the agenda for a special town meeting scheduled for … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

Letter: Too narrow a view

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Please, stop with the cartoons about Fox News. Sure Fox only gives people half the story, but the only problem is it’s not the half they want to hear. They do the same thing as MSNBC, NBC News, and CNN, but from the conservative side. It is said … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

Patriots win had them on the edge of their seats

Sunday, February 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “We got it, we got it,” Mark Lamore of Turners Falls shouted at the top of his voice, already standing but now standing in a crowd that was collectively on its feet. “Rookie in the … 0

Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce … 1

Signs sought for historic, somewhat hidden cemetery in Montague

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MONTAGUE — Dry Hill Cemetery is out there, somewhere, although you might not know it if you saw it. Lack of public access to the cemetery has been a topic of town discussion for years, and the latest proposal is to put up signs with a state grant … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP … 0