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Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices under a single principal again. This and an undefined number of other cuts, most in the high school, is on the agenda at a Gill-Montague Regional School Committee meeting scheduled for today. The committee is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. in Turners Falls High … 0

New fire truck means more water faster in emergencies in Montague Center

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Where the fire department could previously carry 500 gallons of water it can now carry 1,000, and deliver that water with four more firefighters. A doubled water storage capacity and six seats to the old engine’s two were two of the selling points for the Montague Center Fire Department’s new … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 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

Neighbors: Have a happy and healthy New Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are on the cusp of a new year — another chance for us to get it right. I hope you had a wonderful 2014 and that 2015 is even better, but for those of you who suffered loss or some other type of misfortune this … 0

Montague Christmas tree disposal

Monday, December 29, 2014

MONTAGUE — Christmas trees having outstayed their holiday welcome may be kicked to the curb for collection until Jan. 26. The Montague Department of Public Works will collect trees left by the curb, free of charge, no need for a trash sticker. DPW office administrator Matt Cadran said … 0

Doctor Who?

Friday, December 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — If you’ve found yourself driving through Montague Center or visiting The Montague Bookmill at any point over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a strange blue British police box perched on the corner of Main, … 0