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Patrick Pezzati of Montague shows a place behind a building in Turners Falls that he might find used syringes. Recorder/Paul Franz

Montague sees sharp drop in discarded needles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Earlier this month, Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge asked for the community’s help dealing with discarded needles. He got it, from private citizens, local businesses, other town departments and the Franklin County Solid Waste District. On April 6, Dodge bemoaned the littered syringes on Facebook, and asked the public to help pick them up if they were able … 0

Bearings hold up Gill-Montague Bridge project

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Meant to conclude a year ago, reconstruction of the Gill-Montague Bridge may finally be finished this season. The Department of Transportation still needs to replace bearings under the bridge this construction season, a spokesman said this week in response to questions about the status of the bridge project, which some … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed to attend ScoliSMART Scoliosis Boot Camp in Pennsylvania for two weeks beginning June 15 to … 0

Letter: Juanita Nelson

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank you Richie Davis and The Recorder for your special feature on Juanita Nelson. She will be greatly missed by the community. I had the great honor of working with her and Traprock in peace work. MURIEL “BOOTS” WALKER Montague Center … 0

Greenfield, Orange police: let us pick up dirty needles

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

While the Montague police chief has asked for the public’s help in disposing of discarded heroin needles, his counterparts in Greenfield and Orange advise people to let the professionals handle them. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge said Montague police get calls about discarded syringes on a daily basis, and … 0

Montague selectmen nix assessors’ director pick

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The Board of Selectmen on Monday refused the Board of Assessors’ pick as director of assessing over concerns with a gap in his resume. Former director of assessing Barbara Miller defended W. David Zagorski strongly after the vote, but the Board of Selectmen did not move … 0

Turners Falls planter guidelines on horizon

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen hopes next week to establish guidelines for the use of the tree planters lining Avenue A and put to rest a long-simmering dispute with a local small business owner. Montague Selectmen this week extended a 30-day deadline for Rodney Madison to … 0

Principal candidates to visit in Montague

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The search for a principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School nears a conclusion, with three finalists visiting next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, Christopher Lord of North Andover and David Perrigo of … 0

Montague police seek public’s help on needle problem

Monday, April 6, 2015

MONTAGUE — Local police are called to pick up used syringes every day, and they expect calls of discarded needles to skyrocket as the melting snow continues to reveal them on the roadsides. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Parking ban over

Monday, April 6, 2015

Parking ban over MONTAGUE — Nearly all the snow is gone, and with it the annual overnight parking ban. The ban is in effect annually from Dec. 1 to April 1 between 1 and 5 a.m. on all town roads. … 0