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Soup and games for former grange

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — This month’s Free Soup and Game Night at the Hope and Olive restaurant will benefit the Montague Common Hall. The hall by the village square in Montague Center was until recent years the Montague Grange, and continues to host events and house historical documents. The Greenfield restaurant at the corner of Hope and Olive streets holds a monthly fundraiser with free soup and bread and donations sought for … 0

Fundraising campaign set up for Thanksgiving fire victim

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for Meredith Savage, who lost nearly everything she owned in an early-morning fire that destroyed her Montague Center apartment building on Thanksgiving. The campaign, set up by Savage’s friend, Darcy Hogan, has raised $6,610 of its $10,000 goal in three … 0

Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in … 0

Heroic actions: Turners Falls, Greenfield firefighters to be honored at “Firefighter of the Year” ceremony

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Members of the Turners Falls and Greenfield fire departments will be honored at the 26th annual “Firefighter of the Year” Award Ceremony in Cambridge this month for their “outstanding acts of heroism” during two rescue … 0

G-M schools move toward negotiations

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously approved the appointment of committee members to two subcommittees for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district employees — a point of contention that sparked heated debate during past meetings. Previously, School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown expressed concern over the … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

RiverCulture receives two-year grant

Sunday, November 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls RiverCulture has been funded for another two years through a $16,250 Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Arts Program grant, but received nearly $7,000 less than in years past. The organization is a partnership of … 0

Internet inches closer to final Montague homes

Friday, October 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the agency responsible for distributing state funding to help bring broadband to unserved and underserved towns, announced Thursday Comcast and New Jersey-based company Matrix Tech Solutions are both qualified candidates for extending broadband service in Montague. MBI’s announcement comes after Broadband … 0

Gen. Pierce Bridge down to one lane Thursday

Thursday, October 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The General Pierce Bridge was down to one lane until about 9 p.m. Thursday for repairs after a large hole was discovered in its deck. In a post on the department’s Facebook page, Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III strongly urged motorists to seek an … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Turners Falls porch fire displaces eight

Thursday, October 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Jailine Ramos was home from work and taking a nap in her mother’s apartment on the second floor of 45 Central St. when she heard her neighbor shouting. She grabbed her family’s pet bird, Sunny, … 0

Lens of the law: Grants afford Montague, Erving chance to buy body cameras for police

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — When police officers first began carrying Taser guns, Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III said the department saw a notable decline in the number of physical altercations between officers and individuals in the community. … 0

Promotional video for ‘Fallout 4’ video game filmed in Turners Tuesday

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A six-person crew from London-based Barcroft Media visited Turners Falls Tuesday to film a promotional video at the Strathmore Complex for the new “Fallout” video game — “Fallout 4” — set to be released next … 0