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Montague will wait on tobacco regulations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — To allow more public comment, the Board of Health delayed a decision on raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 on Wednesday. The board decided to accept public comment until Jan. 15, and take the matter up again at its Jan. 21 meeting. The age change, as well as other proposed tobacco regulations, is aimed at keeping youth tobacco-free. “If young people have availability and access to … 0

Montague mulls tobacco purchase age shift to 21

Monday, December 15, 2014

The already tight grip on tobacco sales in Franklin County is poised to strengthen, with the health boards of two county towns considering an increase in the minimum purchase age from 18 to 21. The Montague and Leverett health boards are considering the change among new regulations, and advocates hope other towns will follow suit. New York City raised the tobacco sales age … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 0

Dog order put down may get second chance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Montague Chief of Police is pursuing a deal with the owner of a dog previously ordered destroyed. The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday heard from Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III and agreed that he should continue the out-of-court agreement in the absence of a key … 0

Man in jail after allegedly abusing girlfriend while free in prior abuse case

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man is in jail after allegedly choking his girlfriend while free on a pretrial release arrangement related to a case in which he allegedly punched her in the face last year. Brandon M. Rawson, 24, pleaded innocent Monday in Greenfield District Court to … 0

Driver flips car

Monday, November 17, 2014

MONTAGUE CENTER — The Ford Focus fared poorly but the woman at the wheel was unhurt after the car rolled onto its roof on Turners Falls Road Monday night. “She slid on the wet road and kind of went up onto the embankment and the car kind of … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Turners man faces firearms, assault charges

Friday, November 14, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A local man faces firearms charges and a slew of others after allegedly damaging his girlfriend’s eye socket. Dion Cadiz, 24, of 88 2nd St., apartment 1, pleaded innocent Friday in Greenfield District Court to … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Letter: Not quite ready

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I hope that in one of his future columns, Chris Collins provides a fuller explanation for why he thinks that Dylan Korpita “made the case that he could play at that level” during his recent campaign. My impression, from the coverage and his campaign literature, is that Korpita … 0

Pumpkinfest faces $1.2M smoke, noise lawsuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Pumpkinfest organizer Michael Nelson is fighting a lawsuit by a former Avenue A resident seeking more than a million dollars in damages for medical bills and disability he attributes to smoke and noise from the … 3

Scrutiny on the Avenue

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Rodney Madison’s storefront sidewalk and planter displays are back before the Board of Selectmen, rekindling the old argument over the legality or desirability of the displays. New are allegations from the police chief that the … 0