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Marie Putala, Citizen of the Year. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Marie Putala named Recorder Citizen of Year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marie Putala is so self-effacing about her not-so-random acts of kindness that when she overheard friends’ efforts to nominate her to be Recorder Citizen of the Year, she immediately put the kibosh on it. “I said, ‘No way! This is not going to happen,” said the Turners Falls woman, who immediately sent an email to the award’s coordinator at The Recorder, Kevin LaMagdelaine. But, for once, she failed. And, subsequently, won. Putala, who will be honored this morning as the 32nd Recorder Citizen of the Year at a gala Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast reception, got an earful from her daughter after telling LaMagdelaine, … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Montague trash holiday changes

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The town’s trash and recycling pickup schedule will change over the next two weeks because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will be no changes on Tuesday or Wednesday, but the normal Thursday pickup will be moved to Friday, and Friday pickup will be Saturday. Also, the Recycle Center will be closed on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, and open … 0

Mailbox magic on Avenue A in Turners Falls

Friday, November 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls RiverCulture hopes people will leave their dreams on Avenue A this season. A “magic mailbox” in Spinner Park is intended to invite the hopes, dreams and Christmas wish lists of young and old. … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0

The power of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Thanksgiving is about food and family, even when you’re not at home. On Thursday morning, while many lucky enough to have power after Wednesday’s snowstorm cooked for family and friends, members of the Montague Elks … 0

Planning for the future of living in Montague

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — As residents unearthed snow shovels and battened down the hatches for Wednesday’s snow storm, planners looked to the future of housing as those residents age and their housing needs change. An update to the town’s housing plan looks to a future in which almost a third … 0

Montague parking ban begins now

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — Wednesday’s snow triggered the town-wide overnight street parking ban five days early. Montague Police used the town’s Code Red emergency alert system to notify residents Wednesday afternoon, and urged residents to stay off the roads. Parking is not allowed from 1 to 5 a.m. on any … 0

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA … 2

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy … 0

Montague selectmen: Open Meeting Law complaint doesn’t apply

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Board of Selectmen will apply for special legislation to ratify the decisions made at an improperly posted special town meeting last month. Town meeting members overwhelmingly approved the course of action at the meeting, over the objections of Millers Falls member Jeanne Golrick, … 0

Turners Falls baby couldn’t wait

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Brett and Michelle Simon carefully planned everything about their fourth child’s birth. However, their youngest daughter had plans of her own, and they didn’t include waiting to get to the delivery room. Brooklyn Michelle Simon … 0

Art and science of generosity

Friday, November 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — For a good cause, take a chance to win three liters of very strong beer. In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Element Brewing Co. is raffling off five three-liter bottles of something it calls double … 0