Montague Notebook: Dec. 27, 2019

  • The General Pierce Bridge will be closed today from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 12/26/2019 5:24:27 PM
Trash collection delayed for holidays

MONTAGUE — Trash and recycling schedules are different this week and next week to accommodate Christmas and New Year’s.

According to a notice from the Department of Public Works, Wednesday’s pick-ups will occur on Thursday, Thursday’s will be on Friday and Friday’s will be on Saturday. The recycling center and transfer station is only open on Saturday both weeks.

Regular hours and collection times will resume the week after New Year’s.

Bridge closed Friday

MONTAGUE — The General Pierce Bridge will be closed Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Montague Police Department announced on Thursday.

Since June, traffic on the bridge has been reduced to one lane. The reduction is in preparation for a major repair of the bridge scheduled for summer 2020, according to the state Department of Transportation. A request to MassDOT on Thursday for extra information was not answered by press time.

Discovery Center continuing New Year’s Day hike

TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center is marking the start of the new year with a canalside hike on Wednesday.

The hike is about 3 miles along the canal, with Discovery Center staff to guide the walk and answer questions. The exact route will depend on snow and ice conditions, according to staff member Shawn Kennedy.

New Year’s Day hikes are held at many of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s community facilities (of which the Discovery Center is one), Kennedy said. The Discovery Center has held a New Year’s Day hike for about five years, he estimated. It typically draws at least 25 people.

To attend, meet at the Discovery Center at 1 p.m. The group will leave at 1:15. Dogs are welcome if leashed. The hike will go until about 3. Afterward, hot chocolate will be served.

Fire chief approved to stay past retirement age

GILL — Fire Chief Gene Beaubien, who turns 65 in January, has received approval from the governor to stay on the job past the normal retiring age of 65, until he is 70.

State law normally requires fire chiefs to retire at 65. In August, Special Town Meeting voters opted to request special legislation for Beaubien. The bill was finally signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Dec. 12, according to Town Administrator Ray Purington.

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