Montague Notebook: Aug. 12, 2022

  • The Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 8/11/2022 3:45:15 PM
Modified: 8/11/2022 3:42:00 PM

Great Falls
Discovery Center bringing in Latin jazz

TURNERS FALLS — Latin jazz group Trio Mambo will perform on Friday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Great Falls Discovery Center, located at 2 Avenue A. Sliding scale suggested donations will support educational programming at the center. Refreshments will be available.

Ja’Duke presenting ‘Margaret and the Giant’ musical

TURNERS FALLS — “Margaret and the Giant,” the third musical in the “Fairy House” chronicles, will be performed at the Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m.

The show runs for 70 minutes, includes an intermission and is geared toward children of all ages. General admission tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at

‘Gotta Go! Gotta Go!’ StoryWalk comes to Discovery Center

TURNERS FALLS — Sam Swope’s children’s book, “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!,” is available for children to enjoy via a StoryWalk at the Great Falls Discovery Center, located at 2 Avenue A, through Aug. 30.

Erving opts into shared legal services for FERC relicensing

ERVING — With the Selectboard’s recent approval, the town has joined Montague, Gill and Northfield in contributing up to $2,500 toward shared legal services for the next phase of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing.

According to a previous email that Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Planning and Development Director Peggy Sloan sent to each involved town’s administrator, FRCOG already engaged in “preliminary discussions” with Attorney Ronald Shems from law firm Tarrant, Gillies & Shems for an assignment that would have the firm “review and provide written comments on FirstLight’s proposed settlement agreement.” The firm’s scope of work would also include recommendations for changes to counterproposals prepared by FRCOG or the towns, one or two joint meetings, and other input.

The three FirstLight facilities up for relicensing through FERC — a hydro-pump facility at Northfield Mountain and two hydroelectric dams in Turners Falls — have been criticized for their impact on the Connecticut River and surrounding environment.


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