Montague Notebook: Oct. 9, 2021

  • Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Raptor Rehabilitation Facility. RiverCulture

Published: 10/8/2021 4:07:31 PM
Gill local arts council seeks grant applications, input

GILL — The Gill Cultural Council is accepting Arts and Culture grant applications from Gill and adjoining communities. The organization has $5,000 to “support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Gill and surrounding communities” in 2022, according to the town website. They would also like to hear from Gill residents about their priorities for arts and culture projects. Links for the application and survey forms can be found at Email for further information.

Montague Capital Improvements Committee OKs sewer camera purchase

MONTAGUE — The Capital Improvements Committee approved a motion at its Sept. 29 meeting to purchase new sewer camera equipment for $114,382. The camera would have a 19-inch screen and 1,000-foot range.

“I’m here in support because I think it’s important that we have preventative maintenance in our collection facilities,” Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Chelsea Little said at the meeting.

Re-dedicated Spinner Park hosting birds of prey show

TURNERS FALLS — Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Raptor Rehabilitation Facility will be hosting his “Birds of Prey” program exhibition at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Spinner Park.

RiverCulture wrote in a press release that Ricardi has been “delighting folks of all ages” and had “successfully rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of birds back to nature” for years. Saturday’s event is free to the public. The show will feature up-close presentations of live eagles, hawks, owls and buzzards.

Selectboard executes $20,000 grant for Peskeompskut Audio Tour

TURNERS FALLS — The Selectboard has executed a $20,000 MassHumanities “Expand Massachusetts Stories” Grant for RiverCulture to develop the Peskeompskut Audio Tour. RiverCulture summarized in a letter to Executive Assistant Wendy Bogusz that the tour “connects the listener to personal and historic narratives by Indigenous partners by way of cell phone technology.” Funding will support the writing and recording of the narratives, costs associated with the associated app, and advertising.

Volksmarch organizations holding 5k and 10k walks through Turners Falls on Saturday

TURNERS FALLS — Walk’n Mass Volksport Club and the American Volksmarch Association are hosting 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer walks along the Canalside Rail Trail and through Turners Falls on Saturday. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. to noon outside the Great Falls Discovery Center (or in the Great Hall if it’s raining). Participants are expected to finish their walks by 3 p.m. A fee of $2 to $3 is required to support the nonprofit walking club.


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