Gill-Montague-Erving Notebook

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Plant closing discussed

Members of Montague Town Government expressed dismay in the closing of the Turners Falls Paper Company. Town administrator Steve Ellis encouraged those out of work from the plant closure to contact the Franklin-Hampshire Career Center. He said that if the career center does decide to hold a job fair, they have offered town hall as a possible location.

At Monday night’s meeting, he also wanted to clear up concerns about town ownership of the building. He said it is privately owned, and likely would belong to creditors of the company, if not the company. He said the town’s tax collector is working to deal with any financial issues between the town and the company. He said the town’s foremost interest is having the building return to private commercial use, and that as of right now, it could be used as a paper mill again.

Hearing scheduled for Millers Falls project

MONTAGUE — Powers Block Properties, LLC, owned by local developer Robert Obear, has requested a hearing with the Montague Zoning Board of Appeals for a special permit to build a mixed use building in downtown Millers Falls.

At Monday night’s Selectboard meeting, Obear, speaking about a nearby project, said the building would include a commercial space on the first floor and residential apartments upstairs, like several other of his properties in the area. It would include six commercial spaces and three two-bedroom residential apartments. The building would be on addresses 35 to 39 Bridge St. in Millers Falls.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:15 p.m. in Montague Town Hall.

Volunteers sought for Open Space and Recreation update

GILL — The Town of Gill and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments is updating the Gill Open Space and Recreation Plan and is asking for volunteers who are interested in the project. The town is holding the first work session on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

According to the town, the plan is a comprehensive inventory of the town’s natural, agricultural, and recreational resources and a plan for their stewardship and protection. It would also include information about what the town’s needs are and a seven-year action plan about conservation and use of town resources.

The town does an Open Space and Recreation Plan because if a municipality has one that is approved by the state, they are eligible for state grant funding. The current plan for the town was approved in 2011 and runs through 2018.

Montague Special Town Meeting set for Oct. 5

MONTAGUE — Montague will hold a special town meeting on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Turners Falls High School. Town meeting members will be voting on 15 articles, including authorizing $24,000 for a new flail mower, one that handles tougher and larger areas, and $20,000 to fund Riverculture.

The town will also vote to rescind several previous articles and replace with new funding amounts that are either higher or lower than the previous articles.

Library offers ‘Mindful Eating’ course

ERVING — This Saturday, the Erving library will be holding five lessons on Mindful Eating, on Saturdays in September and October. Sept. 17 is the first session and will run from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library. Participants need a smartphone or internet-connected device and need to sign up at the library ahead of time.

The course will cover how people form habits, how to handle cravings, dealing with stress versus hunger and other topics. The course will be taught by Michelle Miller, a mindfulness instructor. Classes run through Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 15, 22, and 29. Check the Erving Library’s Facebook page for more information.

What’s buzzing at bank event in Turners

TURNERS FALLS — On Friday, Sept. 15, Greenfield Savings Bank in Turners Falls will be hosting several “Buzz”-themed events.

From 12 to 2 p.m. officers from the Deerfield and Montague Police departments will offer drunk driving simulations with the Deerfield Police’s Impaired Driving Simulation vehicles.

Local barbers will be doing free haircuts from 3 to 5 p.m. Tim Dowd of Tim’s Barber Shop will be in the bank’s Community Room from 3 to 4 p.m., then Denise Edwards from Ed’s Barber Shop will be there between 4 and 5 p.m

From 5 to 6 p.m. staff from the bank will be scooping free ice cream to customers.