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Montague voters approve money for pipeline fight

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague has taken the first step to bring broadband Internet access to unserved areas of town and set aside money for lawyers in pipeline proceedings. Voters at a special town meeting on Thursday authorized the Board of Selectmen to establish and maintain a legal entity that would bring broadband to unserved parts of town. Broadband Committee Chairman Kevin Hart said the vote was the first of two … 0

Turners Falls High School sees best MCAS performance in school’s history

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan praised Turners Falls High School for its best Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System performance ever this year. Ninety-four percent of tenth-graders scored proficient or advanced in English, marking the school’s highest percentage ever and exceeding the state average by three percent. In science, 82 … 0

Montague sewer rate hike proposed

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Operators of the Montague Water Pollution Control Facility have recommended increasing sewer rates in town to ensure revenues will cover its expenses. Superintendent Robert Trombley told the Board of Selectmen at its meeting this week that the facility has been working with Connecticut-based The Water Planet Co. to identify changes that need to be made to keep operations running smoothly. … 0

Letter: Aiding the Sisters

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Being a former student of the Sisters of St. Joseph, I was so happy to read about Bishop Rosanski’s “million dollar” gift, giving to the Sister’ Retirement Fund. What a wonderful gesture! We all know by now the Mother House of Mont Marie in Holyoke was sold to … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Montague could cash in on landfill solar farm

Monday, September 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Town of Montague will likely be seeing the construction of a new solar farm on a former landfill off Sandy Lane next year that promises more than $5 million in revenue over 25 years. Watertown-based Kearsarge Energy proposes building a 6.42 megawatt facility that … 0

Letter: Pipeline reality

Monday, September 14, 2015

The pipeline opinions that dominated the local paper and are mostly anti. Before I get berated for my opinion, let me explain: The line will take up 2,700 feet of my property. I have multiple concerns that need to be dealt with the pending gas company. The line … 4

Letter: On the plus side

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Now that the left has started its “mumbles” slander against Dr. Ben Carson, I’m compelled to suggest that one of his charms is that he didn’t go to Harvard. You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can’t tell him much. BOB SPARKMAN Turners Falls … 0

Turners Falls holds second annual history month

Friday, September 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — This month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Turners Falls RiverCulture are holding a series of events aimed at inspiring interest in the area’s past and bridging the gap between newer residents and those … 0

Montague town administrator takes extended leave of absence

Friday, September 11, 2015

MONTAGUE — Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio is taking an extended leave of absence through the end of the year for health-related reasons, Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael Nelson announced at this week’s meeting. “We’re hoping to see him back around Jan. 1,” Nelson said. “In the meantime, we’re … 0

Turners Falls adopts downtown planter policies

Friday, September 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen approved a set of policies for adopting downtown planters, including the creation of a planter coordinator position, after a lengthy discussion at its meeting this week. The purpose of the program is to promote public participation in the care of the … 0

A fair understanding: mapping the Battle of Great Falls

Friday, September 11, 2015

For thousands of years predating the arrival of 17th century, colonial English settlers, a great Connecticut River waterfall splitting today’s village of Turners Falls and the town of Gill was a rich springtime fishing ground — a place … 0

With $1,000 sale, work to begin to renovate Montague Center School

Thursday, September 10, 2015

MONTAGUE — After more than three years of courtship, the town closed a $1,000 sale of the old Montague Center School Wednesday with Greenfield developer Mark Zaccheo, who said he plans to begin converting the property into an … 0