Montague Notebook: July 31, 2021

  • Unity Skate Park in Turners Falls, pictured in 2016, will be illuminated by light towers until 10 p.m. Saturday to allow for nighttime skating. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 7/30/2021 3:33:46 PM
Selectboard grants entertainment license for Sept. 18 celebration

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard has granted the Lake Pleasant Village Association an entertainment license for Sept. 18 (with a Sept. 19 rain date) from 1 to 4 p.m. The association plans to host a family-friendly concert at Rutter’s Park to celebrate the repair of the damaged Bridge of Names.

Great Falls Market to set up tables, chairs on Avenue A

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard has granted Great Falls Market permission to set up tables and chairs outside 109 Avenue A. The business operates daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fashion show licenses OK’d by Selectboard

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard has granted Pioneer Valley Brewery extended entertainment and beer and wine licenses for a fashion show at 147 Second St. on Aug. 20, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The fashion show is being organized in partnership with Swanson’s Fabrics.

Selectboard grants breweries licenses for Barbès in the Woods festival

MONTAGUE — Pioneer Valley Brewery, Progression Brewing Co. and Building 8 Brewing have been granted one-day beer and wine licenses by the Selectboard for the Barbès in the Woods music festival on Aug. 21, from 2 to 11 p.m.

ConComm, MEDIC members resign

MONTAGUE — Conservation Commission member Deb Henson and Montague Economic Development and Industrial Corporation member Moon Morgan have submitted their resignations.

Conservation Commission welcomes new member

MONTAGUE — Tobias Carter is the newest member of the Conservation Commission. He had previously been serving as an alternate member. His term expires June 30, 2022.

Selectboard OKs contracts with FRCOG, Stantec for street improvements

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard has authorized that a Shared Streets and Spaces Grant the town received be used for procurement services of up to $1,600 from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) and for engineering services of up to $10,000 from Stantec. The project entails improvements of sidewalks, crosswalks and curb extensions at the gateway to Unity Park, Second Street and Third Street.

State approves mosquito control plan

MONTAGUE — The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has approved the town’s 2021 mosquito control plan.

The state’s letter to the Selectboard explains the plan involves “management services to be provided, implementation of source reduction methods, data collection and analysis, assessment of efficacy, and regional coordination.”

Steel shed declared surplus property

MONTAGUE — The Town Hall vehicle shed has been declared surplus property, as presented by Town Administrator Steve Ellis during Monday’s Selectboard meeting.

Unity Skate Park to be lit up for night skating tonight

TURNERS FALLS — Unity Skate Park will be illuminated by light towers until 10 p.m. Saturday to allow for nighttime skating.

School Committee hires new principal

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee announced the hiring of Christopher Barnes as the new Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School principal during its Tuesday meeting.

Barnes has most recently served as assistant principal at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt. His other previous positions include principal of Arlington Memorial High School in Arlington, Vt., and Towson High School in Maryland.

The superintendent’s report presented during the School Committee meeting states that Barnes “has extensive experience with multi-tiered systems of support for students and also has extensive budget development and management experience.”

He will join the district’s administrative team on Aug. 2.

New director of teaching and learning introduced

MONTAGUE — The Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee announced the hiring of Jeanne Powers as the district’s new director of teaching and learning during its Tuesday meeting.

Powers has served as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as assistant superintendent and high school principal, in North Brookfield.

The superintendent’s report presented during the School Committee meeting states that Powers “has extensive experience in designing and implementing professional development, responding to instructional data, and has written and managed the state and federal entitlement and allocation grants.”

She will join the district’s administrative team on Aug. 3.

MEDIC appoints new chair, vice chair

MONTAGUE — The Montague Economic Development and Industrial Corporation has approved Richard Ruth as chair and James Mussoni as vice chair. The appointments follow the resignation of member Moon Morgan.

Library trustees conducting interviews to fill library director vacancy

MONTAGUE — The trustees of Montague Public Libraries will hold interviews on Aug. 2, 3 and 5 for candidates applying for the library director’s position.

All meetings will start at 5:30 p.m., and will include executive sessions. Monday’s meeting will be held on Zoom, while the other two will be held at the Gill-Montague Senior Center at 62 Fifth St., according to the respective meeting agendas.

Current Library Director Linda Hickman said there are “around five” candidates currently under consideration, with applications still being accepted. The search for a new director began after Hickman announced her plans to retire in September.

“Light, Breath, Form” exhibit coming to discovery center

TURNERS FALLS — Sculptures by Bill Copeland and paintings by Christine Copeland will be on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center from Aug. 6 to Sept. 1.

According to a press release from Christine Copeland, there will be an opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Music by the Blue Moon Jazz Trio, along with refreshments, will be available to enjoy in the museum courtyard.




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