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Ezra Ward, a Montague resident who works for the Leverett Fire Department, decided to join the Massachusetts wildfire crew after hearing a story about wildlands firefighting on NPR last summer. Photo courtesy of Ezra Ward

Back from battling western wildfires

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and 10 Department of Conservation and Recreation state firefighters from across Massachusetts to fight two fires, including the Eldorado Fire, located near Unity, … 0

Canal walks continue as Discovery Center adjusts to federal cutbacks

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Great Falls Discovery Center guide Janel Nockleby dwelled on resilience in a walking tour along the Connecticut River and the Power Canal, the first of which has overcome serious pollution and the second lined with mostly deserted factories. Nockleby is a summertime employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will now house 16 infants and toddlers year-round for 10 hours a day, rather than the … 0

Local restaurant, supermarket receive liquor license warnings

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Two local businesses have been issued one-day liquor license suspensions to be continued for the next 12 months by the Board of Selectmen for selling alcohol to underage customers during a compliance check. The suspensions will only take effect if the businesses violate the law … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival returns

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Unity Park Waterfront will be filled with the sound of music and drumming Saturday, Aug. 1, during the second annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. The free, all-day event is a celebration of Native American music, art … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Man crashes into tree in Montague Center

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Ian R. Hyt, 32, of Montana, crashed his vehicle when traveling southbound on Route 63 on Federal Street around 10:45 p.m. At the scene, Montague Sgt. Leon Laster said the man was in and out of consciousness when he was taken to Baystate Medical Center. … 0

Hikers rescued from after getting lost at Mount Sugarloaf

Thursday, July 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police located and rescued a 42-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son who got lost during an evening hike up Mount Sugarloaf Wednesday evening. “They were out for a hike and it was late, close to sunset, and they didn’t know how to get back to the … 0

Technical School to hold barbecue fundraiser

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Chicken, music and the opportunity to catch up with friends from the Franklin County Technical School’s 39-year history will raise money for current students heading out into the world. The Franklin County Technical School Alumni Association holds its seventh annual gathering Aug. 15 at the … 0