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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 across the state. Before the pilot, Red Fire Farm could only take SNAP benefits, as food stamps are called now, at its … 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 a weight limit to the previously unrestricted bridge over structural concerns. Bergeron said the bridge … 0

Montague hires J’Anthony to oversee Shea Theater visioning process

Friday, September 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The next steps in determining who operates the Shea Theater after this year will be as has been suggested over the past weeks: the town will hire a former director of the downtown community theater to run informal public hearings toward the development of a request for bids to run … 0

French King Bridge to get cameras

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GILL — The state Department of Transportation will begin pursuing video monitoring and possible fencing of the French King Bridge, at the behest of local officials concerned for the safety of police and firefighters called to respond to reported suicides. Spanning the Connecticut River and the border between … 0

Auditor lauds G-M business manager hire

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s auditor last month congratulated the School Committee on its choice of a new business manager, laying out a report critical of the business management of the past two years. Patrice Squillante of the accounting firm Melanson Heath presented the results … 0

Meet Sharon Moberg, new Sheffield principal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MONTAGUE — Friday was the second day of classes for Sheffield Elementary School students and Sharon Moberg’s second day in charge of a school full of children, but she begins the new job with the advantage of having … 0

Letter: Cleaning up Turners

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Volunteers for clean-up in the Village of Turners Falls. Motivation to serve will come from wanting a better environment to live in and enjoy. Service will rarely be glorious. Temptation to quit will sometimes be strong. Volunteers must be diligent with little or no visible results and possibly … 0

New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Letter: Butynski’s corn the best

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I must take Chris Collins to task on his anointment to Golonka farm stand as the best corn in the valley. Year in and out that award would go to Butynski’s farm on Colrain Road. They are one of the only farm stands, if not the only one, … 0

Ink over Avenue A

Thursday, August 28, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff TURNERS FALLS — Leah Caldieri believes tattoos can be more than skin-deep... but not in a bloody way . The idea that tattooing involved buckets of blood and dangers of infection was a … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Avenue A bar Jake’s in Turners on sales block

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Jake’s is up for sale. If you haven’t been in, Jake’s Tavern is the low stone building with Christmas lights and a courtyard on Avenue A. If you have, you might have won a live lobster. The bar and restaurant holds Friday meat and lobster … 0