Montague Notebook: June 18, 2022

  • Franklin County Technical School senior Kye Austin speaks with a recruiter from the U.S. Coast Guard at the school’s recent career and college expo. Contributed Photo/Franklin County Technical School

Published: 6/17/2022 3:15:21 PM
Modified: 6/17/2022 3:15:11 PM
Libraries holding summer kick-off festival

TURNERS FALLS — Montague Public Libraries will host a summer kick-off festival at Peskeomskut Park on Saturday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The festival will feature a dance performance by the Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts’ junior and senior dance troupes, as well as live music, free children’s books, snacks and family-friendly activities.

5K to benefit The Brick House

TURNERS FALLS — The annual 5K Fun Run and 1-mile walk to benefit The Brick House Community Resource Center will take place Saturday at 10 a.m.

The race starts and ends at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Canalside Rail Trail in Unity Park. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.

The event is free for local children ages 18 and under, $20 for those older than 18 with advance registration, and $25 for those older than 18 on the day of the race. Donations will also be accepted at the registration site. All proceeds support The Brick House Community Resource Center.

Those interested may register in advance at

Franklin Tech hosts career, college expo

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School’s recent career and college expo provided an opportunity for upperclassmen to consider their paths following graduation.

The event allowed students to network with representatives from technical trade organizations, college recruiters and more. Specific vendors included all branches of the armed services, union representatives, area colleges and state agencies.

“For a successful tech school, it’s all about giving students options and making sure they know where to go for support after graduation,” school counselor Annie McCarthy said in a Franklin Tech press release. “That is often overlooked in education, but we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to set our students up for success.”

Brick House holding program to help families struggling with sobriety

TURNERS FALLS — The Brick House Community Resource Center at 24 Third St. is offering a “Parent Recovery Café” on Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for families who are struggling with sobriety.

Attendees are invited to “hear and share ideas with other parents/guardians on ways to cope,” according to a press release from the organization. The session will include free dinner and child care. Each participating family will also receive a $20 gift card for groceries.

Those interested in attending or in need of transportation should contact Parent and Family Program Director Stacey Langknecht at or 413-800-2496 by Monday.

Local students make Dean’s List at Connecticut College

Turners Falls resident Grace Rathbun, a Class of 2022 gender and sexuality intersection studies major, and Gill resident Althea Tierney, an undeclared Class of 2025 student, were awarded Dean’s List High Honors for the spring semester at Connecticut College. Rathbun graduated with a bachelor’s degree on May 22.

Franklin Tech plans civics course after successful year of AP classes

TURNERS FALLS — Having had a successful year of Advanced Placement-level education, Franklin County Technical School plans to add an AP United States civics course next school year.

The school currently offers AP courses in English and computer science, a Franklin Tech press release states.

“Coming off of COVID, we weren’t really sure what the interest level would be in AP courses, but our numbers were very good,” Principal Brian Spadafino said in the release. “Just this year alone we have 31 juniors taking AP English courses, which is a very strong number. It’s all about giving kids as many opportunities as we can, and AP courses can open a lot of doors.”

Next year’s AP civics course will be titled “Government and Politics.”

“The course involves a lot of speaking and debate, and the coursework will be accessible to a lot of the types of learners we have at the school,” Spadafino explained in the release. “All AP instructors must also be certified with the state to teach their respective courses, so there are a lot of professional development opportunities for teachers as well. It’s a terrific sign that our school’s AP program is headed in the right direction.”

Athletic Club awards 3 student athletes $1,000 scholarships

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls Athletic Club Scholarship Committee has announced that Emily Young and Paige Sulda of Turners Falls High School, and Lauren Ross of Franklin County Technical School, have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships for their academics and contribution to their respective athletics programs. The awards are payable to the individual student for their second semester at the college of their choice.


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