Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Shea open for proposals

Friday, January 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The town has opened bidding for the future of the Shea Theater, releasing a bid document calling for a future very similar to the present in broad strokes. The request for proposals released Wednesday on the town website calls for continued use of the town-owned building as a community theater, with some changes in the governance and … 0

Montague police warn of phone scam

Friday, January 23, 2015

MONTAGUE — If a Montague police detective calls to tell you it’s OK to pay $1,000 to Publisher’s Clearing House, don’t believe it. Some residents have reported receiving phone calls from the local police assuring them someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House and saying they’ve won a sweepstakes is legitimate, but Montague’s police chief is warning people not to fall for … 0

A bridge to China

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — Documentarian Richard Widmer, lately of Beijing, has purchased the former St. John’s Church with plans to establish a cultural bridgehead to the Chinese contemporary art world. A Somerville native, Widmer said he encountered Franklin County in the 1980s as a student at Northfield Mount Hermon in Northfield and Gill, where … 0

Turners man faces attempted murder charge

Friday, January 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local man has been charged with attempted murder and under a newly created law against strangulation after he allegedly beat and choked his pregnant girlfriend. Jose Sanchez, 26, of 58 Grove St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of attempted murder, … 0

Slum, blight designate opportunity for Turners Falls, Millers Falls

Friday, January 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — “Slum” or “blighted” might not be anyone’s preferred adjective for an area they live in, but the town of Montague has designated patches of the villages of Turners Falls and Millers Falls as such, with an … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

New Year’s hike draws crowd to canal

Thursday, January 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Though 4-year-old Thomas Neal insisted he didn’t like hiking as his mother, Margaret Betts, zipped up his puffy olive-green jacket inside the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Great Hall in downtown Turners Falls Thursday afternoon, it … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0

No snow? Ski areas have new options

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAWLEY — What do you do with 15.5 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails and no snow during a winter holiday week? Why not offer up those twisting, groomed trails to winter “fat biking?” That’s what Lloyd and … 0

Barn arsonist gets 4 to 7 years

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — In early spring Cody Adams, allegedly with the help of a friend, set fire to two barns belonging to his father and stepmother within yards of where they and their two children slept, the fire was close enough and hot enough across narrow Hatchery Road in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and healthy New Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are on the cusp of a new year — another chance for us to get it right. I hope you had a wonderful 2014 and that 2015 is even better, but for those of you who suffered loss or some other type of misfortune this … 0

Montague Christmas tree disposal

Monday, December 29, 2014

MONTAGUE — Christmas trees having outstayed their holiday welcome may be kicked to the curb for collection until Jan. 26. The Montague Department of Public Works will collect trees left by the curb, free of charge, no need for a trash sticker. DPW office administrator Matt Cadran said … 0