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Turners Falls RiverCulture's "magic mailbox" in Spinner Park sits under a light layer of snow on Wednesday. The public art was installed to receive holiday wishes, Christmas lists and "notes of hope." Santa will collect the notes at 6:30 p.m. during Riverculture's "It's a Wonderful Night" event Dec. 12. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Mailbox magic on Avenue A in Turners Falls

Friday, November 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls RiverCulture hopes people will leave their dreams on Avenue A this season. A “magic mailbox” in Spinner Park is intended to invite the hopes, dreams and Christmas wish lists of young and old. The art installation is a blue mailbox crafted from three standard mailboxes by Turners Falls artist Jack Nelson and framed by an LED halo illuminating the sculpture after dark. The welded sculpture stands in the tree planter by the little park, the open corner of Avenue A and Fourth Street. Suzanne LoManto, director and sole employee of downtown booster organization RiverCulture, said the hope is that the … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping paper, boxes, tissue, packing materials and shopping bags. The Springfield Materials Recycling Facility, which accepts … 0

The power of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Thanksgiving is about food and family, even when you’re not at home. On Thursday morning, while many lucky enough to have power after Wednesday’s snowstorm cooked for family and friends, members of the Montague Elks Lodge and volunteers cooked for everyone. By noon, the 15 volunteers had already cooked and … 0

Turners Falls’ Shea Theater forum Tuesday at 7

Sunday, November 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A public meeting Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., upstairs in the Town Hall, will gather input on the future of the Shea Theater. Former Shea director Deborah J’Anthony, hired by the town as a consultant, is to facilitate this and a subsequent public session. J’Anthony … 0

Where’s money coming from? Korpita and Kulik have very different funding sources

Friday, October 31, 2014

There’s no question: Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even a largely rural legislative domain like the 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The contest between 35-year-old Republican … 0

G-M committee uncomfortable with class paintball game

Friday, October 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls High School class of 2015 senior trip is set to be a lot more than a simple day out at a park: events planned for the four-day trip include a ropes course, white water rafting, a Baltimore harbor cruise, a visit to … 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