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Central Street fire caused by smoking

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Investigators have a cause in the late October fire that displaced eight residents of a Central Street apartment building. Jim DeSimone of the Department of Fire Services said the case has been closed and investigators have determined the Oct. 29 fire at 45 Central St. was cased by improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire closed the street as multiple fire departments fought a blaze centered on … 0

Pitbull deemed ‘dangerous’ by Montague officials

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A pitbull that allegedly attacked and injured two dogs and their owners last month has been classified by the town as a “dangerous” dog, and its owner has been ordered to follow a number of conditions to keep the dog. The Montague Board of Selectmen held a dangerous dog hearing Monday night after receiving a written complaint about the grey … 0

Franklin County Technical Rescue Team members awarded at state “Firefighter of the Year Awards” ceremony

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last summer, on a hot, humid July day, members of the Turners Falls and Greenfield fire departments were called to the Farley Ledges in Erving to rescue a rock climber who had fallen 30 feet from a cliff and lay, injured, half a mile into a wooded area. The firefighters — members of … 0

Montague gets $352K grant for Third Street parking lot

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Town of Montague has been awarded a $352,785 MassWorks grant to build a 30-space public parking lot on the corner of Third and Canal streets in downtown Turners Falls. According to Town Planner Walter … 0

Montague K9 officer, Artie locate missing man in Greenfield

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Montague K9 Officer Jim Ruddock and his dog Artie successfully located a man Monday night who left Baystate Franklin Medical Center while under psychological evaluation. Ruddock said Greenfield police had been searching for the person since … 0

Recipe for healthier eating choices: Chefs in Schools Program redesigning menu for Turners students

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Groups of hungry students crowded around a table in the Great Falls Middle School/Turners Falls High School cafeteria last week, some excited, some skeptical, waiting for their turn to grab a free black bean burrito … 0

Heroic actions: Turners Falls, Greenfield firefighters to be honored at “Firefighter of the Year” ceremony

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Members of the Turners Falls and Greenfield fire departments will be honored at the 26th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Award Ceremony in Cambridge this month for their “outstanding acts of heroism” during two rescue … 0

G-M schools move toward negotiations

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously approved the appointment of committee members to two subcommittees for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district employees — a point of contention that sparked heated debate during past meetings. Previously, School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown expressed concern over the … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

RiverCulture receives two-year grant

Sunday, November 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls RiverCulture has been funded for another two years through a $16,250 Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Arts Program grant, but received nearly $7,000 less than in years past. The organization is a partnership of … 0

Internet inches closer to final Montague homes

Friday, October 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the agency responsible for distributing state funding to help bring broadband to unserved and underserved towns, announced Thursday Comcast and New Jersey-based company Matrix Tech Solutions are both qualified candidates for extending broadband service in Montague. MBI’s announcement comes after Broadband … 0

Gen. Pierce Bridge down to one lane Thursday

Thursday, October 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The General Pierce Bridge was down to one lane until about 9 p.m. Thursday for repairs after a large hole was discovered in its deck. In a post on the department’s Facebook page, Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III strongly urged motorists to seek an … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0