Montague to negotiate with broadband company to nearly eliminate unserved homes

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTAGUE — Broadband might finally make its way to the last unserved homes in Montague. Town officials voted on Monday night to enter into contract negotiations with broadband service provider Matrix Design Group to reach almost 98.5 percent of the remaining unserved households in Montague. The town will also seek permission to proceed with negotiations from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute … 1

Montague Notebook

Monday, February 8, 2016

Montague seeks town meeting member candidates MONTAGUE — There are several seats open to become a Montague town meeting member for the May 16 annual election. Precinct 1 has three open seats, Precinct 2 has two open seats, Precinct 3 has three open seats, Precinct 4 has four open seats, Precinct 5 has two open seats, Precinct 6 has six open seats. The … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Letter: Eliminate the solar cap

Monday, January 11, 2016

Why would our legislators try to limit the growth of solar power in this state? But that is what will happen if we don’t make our voices heard. Terrible House and Senate bills, currently in conference committee, would: Severely limit the amount of solar power that utility companies … 1

Still no leads on cause of Wednesday morning Montague fire

Friday, January 8, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the early morning fire that ripped through a two-family home at 23 and 25 Third St. earlier this week. Turners Falls Fire Captain Kyle Cogswell said every … 0

Powerful draw: Local snap up tickets as Powerball jackpot soars to record $800M

Friday, January 8, 2016

Three hours into her shift at Ryan and Casey Liquors Friday evening, Marcia Cassidy estimated every other customer she’d rung up had bought a Powerball ticket. Sales have been breaking records with Saturday night’s estimated $800 million jackpot, … 1

Firefighters salvage what they can from destroyed duplex

Thursday, January 7, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — “There is so much destruction in there,” said firefighter Mike Currie, standing behind a strip of yellow police tape Thursday, on the morning after a fire tore through a two-family home at 23 and 25 … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Rollover accident results in multiple charges

Thursday, January 7, 2016

MONTAGUE — A single car rollover accident by Hillside Plastics in Turners Falls Wednesday night resulted in one arrest. At 9:23 p.m., Montague Police responded to the scene of the accident on Millers Falls Road, where police found a 2006 black Toyota Highlander resting on its roof in … 0

MLK influences pipeline opposition march

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Athol resident Hattie Nestel purposely wanted to conclude next week’s three-day march outlining the proposed path of a controversial natural gas pipeline route on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a way to celebrate his achievements and beliefs, she said this week. “His memory and influence are … 0

One tenant transported to hospital after multi-alarm fire at duplex on Third Street in Turners Falls

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — When Mike Thorn of Turners Falls took his trash out around 9 a.m. Wednesday, nothing seemed amiss in the building next door. Fifteen minutes later, it was an entirely different story — a fire had … 1

Lake Pleasant man faces charges in stabbing, robbery

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Montague man faces charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery after allegedly ambushing a friend in Colrain Dec. 18 and leaving him for dead at a Colrain beach. Greenfield and Montague police arrested Colin D. York, … 0