Native American history walk set for May 2 in Turners Falls

Friday, April 24, 2015

You can join the Nolumbeka Project and Connecticut River Watershed Council on May 2 to learn about 10,000 years of Native American presence near the Great Falls. Learn from and speak to experts in the Native American history of this area, culminating in the Turners Falls massacre during King Phillips War in 1676. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Unity Park/bike path gravel parking area on 1st St. in Turners … 0

Embezzling case against Greenfield woman dismissed

Friday, April 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Embezzling charges have been dropped against a Greenfield woman accused of stealing more than $21,000 from her boss, because of his inability to testify. Rebecca Phillips, 45, of Wisdom Way, was charged with a single count of larceny over $250 for allegedly stealing thousands from her boss over six months in 2013. Her case was scheduled to go to trial … 0

Shea proposal: A “yes, and ... attitude”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The lone proposal for taking over operation of the town’s Shea Theater envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton but lives in Montague, has pulled together the current … 0

Principal candidates to visit in Montague

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The search for a principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School nears a conclusion, with three finalists visiting next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, Christopher Lord of North Andover and David Perrigo of … 0

Montague police seek public’s help on needle problem

Monday, April 6, 2015

MONTAGUE — Local police are called to pick up used syringes every day, and they expect calls of discarded needles to skyrocket as the melting snow continues to reveal them on the roadsides. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Parking ban over

Monday, April 6, 2015

Parking ban over MONTAGUE — Nearly all the snow is gone, and with it the annual overnight parking ban. The ban is in effect annually from Dec. 1 to April 1 between 1 and 5 a.m. on all town roads. … 0

Millers Falls seeks to detour truck traffic away from village center with signage

Sunday, April 5, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — Residents recently raised concerns with the Board of Selectmen about an intersection in the village center with a reputation for snarling traffic with trapped trucks, and the town is taking steps to warn truckers away from the sharp turn. The Montague Board of Selectmen this … 0

Ember ignites fire that destroys Montague Center home

Friday, April 3, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Linda Ackerman found her cat, left the house and called 911 when alarms began sounding early Friday, alerting her to a blaze that began outside her house at 86 Taylor Hill Road and left the … 0

Letter: Judging MCTV

Friday, April 3, 2015

On Friday, March 27, Chris Collins wrote about GCTV: “New programming is produced on almost a daily and weekly basis and there always seems to be a steady flow of community producers in there working on a wide range of shows,” and “I get no sense that same … 0

Montague selectmen approve hire of new assessor on interim basis

Thursday, April 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — Director of assessing Barbara Miller is moving on and the Board of Selectmen this week agreed to a replacement on an interim basis, taking the new hire on as a trainee for one week pending resolution of some unspecified concerns. The board had initially planned to … 0