Montague Notebook: Jan. 19, 2022

  • The Brick House Community Resource Center on Third Street in Turners Falls will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, Jan. 20. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

  • Parents and students line up at the “Vax Bus” behind Federal Street School in Greenfield. The Vax Bus will be at Turners Falls High School on Monday, Jan. 24. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 1/18/2022 3:18:59 PM

The Brick House holding vaccine clinic Jan. 20

TURNERS FALLS — The Brick House Community Resource Center on Third Street will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The clinic is open to all eligible ages and will have Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available. Registration is not required, but is recommended.

Those interested can register at Call 413-244-3254 (English) or 413-409-2004 (Spanish) with questions.

Association makes changes to burning permit process

Erving Fire Chief Philip Wonkka, who also serves as president of the Franklin County Fire Chiefs Association, announced altered regulations for issuing burning permits, with burning season beginning Saturday.

Open air burning permits may be obtained through the online application process at or by contacting your local fire department directly. The dispatch center will no longer issue permits for local departments.

More information — including legal burning material, minimum burning distance from structures and other regulations — may be found at

Gill receives $2,487 through Quintus Allen Trust Fund

GILL — The town’s annual Quintus Allen Trust Fund interest amounted to $2,487, bringing the town’s account total to $12,321.

The money can be put toward projects at Gill Elementary School as proposed by the principal and approved by the Selectboard. No proposal has been made this year.

Quintus Allen was an original trustee of Greenfield Savings Bank who established a trust fund to be used for education-related expenses in Colrain, Gill, Leyden and Shelburne upon his death in 1884. The trust fund’s interest is distributed to these four towns each year.

ARPA funding includes $75K for improvements to Gill Elementary

GILL — The town has received an additional $75,000 allocation to put toward infrastructure projects at Gill Elementary School. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding adds to existing federal funds.

Town Administrator Ray Purington advised at last week’s Selectboard meeting that the money could go toward outstanding projects like the school’s security doors, flooring and air conditioning.

Vax Bus coming to Turners Falls High School

TURNERS FALLS — The state’s COVID-19 “Vax Bus” will distribute Pfizer vaccinations at Turners Falls High School on Monday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m.


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