Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce Phillips said cuts circulated on Facebook didn’t make it into the final recommendation. Superintendent Michael Sullivan said he had earlier planned to … 1

Signs sought for historic, somewhat hidden cemetery in Montague

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MONTAGUE — Dry Hill Cemetery is out there, somewhere, although you might not know it if you saw it. Lack of public access to the cemetery has been a topic of town discussion for years, and the latest proposal is to put up signs with a state grant and make some minor repairs to a trail reaching the cemetery from Dry Hill Cross … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Turners woman aims for an accessible new year

Sunday, January 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Betty Tegel spent the year pushing for handicapped and elder access, attending meetings of various town boards and interjecting particular access issues wherever she found a chink in the conversation. So far, it has paid … 1

Meet “Artie:” Montague’s newest K-9 loves to work, train and play

Sunday, January 4, 2015

MONTAGUE — Sunday’s snow wasn’t really the playing kind, a fact Montague Police Department working dog “Artie” roundly ignored, tearing after a flying length of fire hose to catch the beloved toy in fantastic explosions of ice and … 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