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Matt Guertin of Greenfield rolls his kayak in the unusually high water by the ledges known as the rock dam in Turners Falls on Monday. Utility company FirstLight Power Resources scheduled releases from dams upstream to test the section of the Connecticut River bypassing the Turners Falls power canal for white water recreational use as part of its bid for a renewed license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 
Recorder Chris Curtis

Watershed moment

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River below the Turners Falls-Gill Dam was uncharacteristically high and fast this weekend, and filled with boaters. Relicensing project manager John Howard of FirstLight said the usual summertime flow over the dam into the section of the river bypassing the power canal is about 120 cubic feet per second. On Sunday afternoon, the flow measured … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

2 Turners Falls women in head-on crash

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls woman was taken to the hospital after a head-on collision on Routes 5 and 10 Thursday. Police responded to the head-on accident near Yankee Candle Co. at about 3 p.m., and found that one driver was injured and both small cars had sustained heavy damage, according to patrolman Adam Sokoloski. Susan Bartlett, 59, of Turners Falls, was taken … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Email prompts Open Meeting Law complaint for G-M school committee

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Both sides may have broken the Open Meeting Law in an out-of-committee disagreement over the handling of the summer meeting schedule. At issue is an email exchange between Gill-Montague Regional School Committee member Sandra Brown and Chairwoman Joyce Phillips. Following a committee meeting last month, … 0

New Hillcrest principal has short commute

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Hillcrest Elementary School students in the fall will meet Sarah Burstein, the new principal. Burstein leaves Sunderland Elementary School, where she has taught for three years after a year teaching in Greenfield and five in Newton, said Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. Hillcrest … 0

Gill-Montague School District weighs cop grant

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School has set aside money to hire a school resource officer, prompting discussion of doing the same in the Gill-Montague Regional School District at last month’s Montague annual town meeting, a discussion that resumed last week at the district level. Montague … 0

Mutton and Mead preview headed to downtown Turners

Friday, June 13, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Catapults have been used for all sorts of things, from slinging rocks at castle walls to slinging a dispiriting rain of severed heads and deceased livestock over castle walls. The latest use has nothing to … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Turners Falls Aviation Weekend takes off Saturday, Sunday

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Click here to see the photos in the print-edition layout This weekend offers opportunities to take to the air, physically and virtually, with free airplane rides for children and teens in Montague on Saturday and some new twists … 0

Man’s body found in Conn. River

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GILL — Firefighters pulled a dead body out of the Connecticut River shortly after noon Tuesday. The deceased’s identity has not yet been released, pending investigation by the state medical examiner, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A boater saw the body, and … 0

Advanced manufacturing program seeking third class of students

Monday, June 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Organizers of an advanced machining program designed to jump-start the area’s manufacturing industry are searching for their next group of students. The 12-week, 288-hour training program teaches unemployed and underemployed workers computer-aided manufacturing skills. This fall’s session, held in the revamped Franklin County Technical School machine … 0

Stymie identity thieves and support the Unity Skate Park

Monday, June 9, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Business Association will host a paper shredding and computer hard drive destruction day Saturday . Valley Green Shredding has donated its services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will be at the corner of Avenue A and 7th Street to destroy papers … 0