Montague Notebook: July 11, 2022

  • Moldovan immigrants played the national anthem and rang the bell at the First Congregational Church of Gill 246 times to celebrate Independence Day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Franklin County Technical School students Aiden Bailey (on tractor) and Joe Kirley take part in the Millers River trail project. Contributed Photo

  • Franklin County Technical School students (front, from left) Ethan Poirier and Joe Kirley, and (back, from left) Alanna Winn and Reese Danek, worked on the trail project along the Millers River. Contributed Photo

  • Franklin County Technical School students worked on the trail system that runs along the Millers River. Contributed Photo

Published: 7/10/2022 10:03:12 AM
Modified: 7/10/2022 10:00:25 AM
Gill-Montague seeks new members

MONTAGUE — The Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee is looking to fill two vacancies — one for a Montague resident and one for a Gill resident — following resignations from Cassie Damkoehler of Montague and Valeria “Timmie” Smith of Gill.

Any Gill or Montague resident interested in being appointed to the School Committee should send a letter of interest to the superintendent’s office at 35 Crocker Ave., Turners Falls, by July 11. Appointments to these vacancies will be made at the July 12 School Committee meeting.

COVID-19 at-home tests available at Town Hall

GILL — Free COVID-19 at-home tests are available at Town Hall. Town Administrator Ray Purington said the town has two 90-kit boxes, with each kit containing two tests.

Compost bins available at Town Hall

GILL — Earth Machine compost bins are available at Town Hall for the discounted price of $25. Town Administrator Ray Purington said these bins usually cost $55.

Franklin Tech students revitalize Millers Falls trail

MILLERS FALLS — Under the supervision of shop instructor Kurt Richardson, Franklin County Technical School landscaping and horticulture students renovated a portion of the Millers Falls walking trail system located along the Millers River.

Last month, the students laid out the trail section, cleared underbrush and assisted in the installation of Triad soil stabilization, according to a Franklin Tech press release. The installation consisted of hauling and spreading a stone base, as well as gravel, along the trail. Funding was provided by a Community Development Block Grant.

“The Millers Falls trail project was an excellent opportunity for our students to assist in the improvement of one of the communities we serve,” Director of Career and Technical Education Matthew West said in a statement. “Offering hands-on, real-world experiences for our shop students is critical to our mission and we are very pleased with the outcome of this project. We’d like to give a special thanks to the FCTS Maintenance Department for making the project possible by assisting in equipment transportation.”

Church holding weekly concerts

MONTAGUE CENTER — The First Congregational Church of Montague is hosting concerts every Wednesday night in July. Each act performs on the church’s lawn — or inside the church, in the event of rain — at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Ken Lively will perform on July 13, Steve Ciechomski and Tom Kostek will perform on July 20, and the Farley String Band will perform on July 27.


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