Planning for the future of living in Montague

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — As residents unearthed snow shovels and battened down the hatches for Wednesday’s snow storm, planners looked to the future of housing as those residents age and their housing needs change. An update to the town’s housing plan looks to a future in which almost a third of town residents are over 65, and it begins to identify areas in which affordable and accessible housing might be encouraged. The … 0

Montague parking ban begins now

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — Wednesday’s snow triggered the town-wide overnight street parking ban five days early. Montague Police used the town’s Code Red emergency alert system to notify residents Wednesday afternoon, and urged residents to stay off the roads. Parking is not allowed from 1 to 5 a.m. on any town road, subject to $20 tickets or towing. Town parking lots have posted snow removal … 0

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA Director Tina Cote. Whether you want to check out Black Friday deals at downtown shops … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0

Montague special town meeting continues over posting concern, decides raises, liquor licenses

Thursday, October 30, 2014

MONTAGUE — A raise for part-time emergency dispatchers, three liquor licenses beyond the town quota and new savings funds all got the OK from special town meeting voters Wednesday night, after some questions as to the meeting’s validity. Town meeting member Jeanne Golrick contested the town meeting’s right … 0

Letter: Fortunate to have him

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Rep. Steve Kulik on issues related to funding for our local school district. Steve has consistently been available, informed and helpful throughout this process. I don’t think that we’ve had a meeting that he or his … 0

Letter: All about the cash

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It’s unbelievable. Some think, and are trying to convince others, that Question 2 is about something besides money. They spatter on about incentivizing conservation and other such drivel in one breath and drool about how they’d love to spend all that unclaimed deposit money in the next. This … 0

Kulik: Cites his veteran clout to push rural issue

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eleven-term state incumbent Rep. Stephen Kulik, who’s seeking re-election to his First Franklin District seat in the Nov. 4 election, says that even though he’s risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “small town and rural values … 0

Korpita: State government needs to be more proactive

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A newcomer to politics, Deerfield Republican Dylan Korpita is trying to unseat veteran First Franklin District legislator Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, a 35-year-old former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New … 3

Letter: Not so scary

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I’ve got to say I haven’t had as good of a laugh as I had today in a little while. I just finished reading Mr. Carville’s letter of Oct. 22. I’m still in stitches. Imagine people thinking that communists (read socialists, etc.) are bent on undoing our way … 0

Letter: Why I back Kulik

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I will vote for Steve Kulik for state representative without any reservations. As a selectman for 14 years in Montague, I found Steve Kulik was the legislator I trusted the most to listen to our concerns, to check the facts, to support our needs, and to respond in … 0

Restorative practices program in schools focuses on community

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For decades, students who disrupted class or caused problems in the hallways of public schools would be given after-school detention or sent to the principal’s office for further discipline such as suspension. Too often, after … 0

Montague special town meeting set for today

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MONTAGUE — Town meeting members will be asked to forward three requests for liquor licenses over the town’s quota to the Legislature, establish new savings funds and pave the way for a bicycle crossing, among other business today. The special town meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in … 0