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Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Some say Shea Theater needs new blood

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Two weeks ago the Shea Theater board of directors drew a crowd of supporters, but this week drew an opposite and nearly equal reaction, with the institution painted as insular and out of touch. On the agenda for the Montague selectmen’s meeting was an update on the legal process required to maintain the Shea Board as tenant … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” Sherry, who grew up in Florence and lived in Greenfield … 0

Montague’s town emergency alert system modernized

Thursday, July 31, 2014

MONTAGUE — The town expects to be able to alert residents sooner in the event of disasters and dangerous emergencies, with a Code Red emergency notification system now online. Free to residents, the service allows town and emergency agencies to send mass text or voice phone messages. Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III announced the system earlier bought into by the town … 0

Turners Falls High School looks into European vacation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School teachers are exploring the possibility of a European April vacation for interested students next year, or the year after. Special education teacher and ninth-grade team leader Nancy Weld brought the idea to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday. “I think … 0

Turners Falls man charged with beating 61-year-old man over $20 heroin debt

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man wound up on the wrong side of the law twice in one day: first for drug possession, then for beating an older man with a golf club to collect a drug debt, according to police. In Greenfield District Court on Tuesday, Oscar … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Letter: Shopping options

Monday, June 23, 2014

To Mr. Bos: Here’s a suggestion. If we ever do get a Walmart, or whatever evil big box store comes here, sometime, here’s an idea for you: Don’t shop there. Vote with your wallet, stand up and show them you can’t be persuaded! Drive wherever you like to … 0

Family fun with jousting

Sunday, June 22, 2014

MONTAGUE — Robert Earhart of Pennsylvania breaks a lance on the shield of New Salem resident Cristian Lett, who rolls off his horse, to the sound of cheers from a crowd of 500 or more spectators gathered around … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

ASHFIELD — A “community rights” resolution regarding large-scale electricity-generating wind turbines and high-pressure natural gas pipelines is on Monday’s special town meeting agenda, along with a ban specifically aimed at the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline that is to go through Ashfield, among other Franklin … 2

Task force makes dual drug busts in Turners Falls building

Friday, June 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Two Montague women were arrested and a small child taken into state custody in a Thursday night drug raid. Jessica Lawor, 41, of apartment 9, 15 Fifth St., was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine, possession … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mutton and Mead seeks volunteers for cleanup MONTAGUE — Nothing recalls medieval times like refuse, but organizers would rather spare the environment by recycling and are seeking volunteers to help. The Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is this weekend, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain … 0

Mutton and Mead on weekend menu

Thursday, June 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — Armored knights on horseback. You just don’t see that often. Jousting returns to the woods of Montague this weekend, along with food, drink, dance and music. The whole thing takes place in a clearing on the … 0