Montague Notebook: March 8, 2022

  • The Green River Ukulele Players will perform songs of peace at the Erving Public Library, pictured, on Thursday, March 10, at 1 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 3/7/2022 3:06:00 PM
Democrats to hold caucus at Millers Falls Library

MONTAGUE — The Montague Democrats will hold a hybrid caucus on Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. Participants can gather in person at the Millers Falls Library or tune in virtually.

Participants will select representatives to send to June’s Massachusetts Democratic Convention. All registered Democrats and registered unenrolled voters living in Montague are welcome.

For more information or to register for remote access, contact David Dempsey at or 413-367-2711.

Green River Ukulele Players coming to Erving Public Library

ERVING — The Green River Ukulele Players will perform songs of peace at the Erving Public Library on Thursday, March 10, at 1 p.m.

Allen Fowler paintings on display

TURNERS FALLS — A collection of Allen Fowler’s abstract expressionist paintings exploring “the relationship between the character of the organic and the relentless human desire for structure and design” is on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center, located at 2 Avenue A.

Those interested in visiting the exhibit may do so from March 4 to March 13 and from March 23 to March 30. A reception is planned for Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

‘Ready for Spring Story Investigations’ continues StoryWalk series

TURNERS FALLS — Through indoor StoryWalks, scavenger hunts and crafts at the Great Falls Discovery Center, children 3 years old and older, accompanied by an adult, can learn about the lives of wild animals as they prepare for the spring season.

Those interested in attending should meet inside the Great Falls Discovery Center’s main entrance at the welcome desk. StoryWalk interactive reading experiences include Anne Mazer’s “Salamander Room” from March 10 to March 13 and Ken Kimura’s “999 Tadpoles” from March 17 to March 27.

Water Dept. shutting off water March 21 for those with bills 90 days overdue

TURNERS FALLS — Beginning March 21, the Turners Falls Water Department will begin shutting off water to properties with bills more than 90 days overdue. The bills were mailed Nov. 1, 2021 and due within 30 days.

Payments can be made by mail, at the Water Department office at 226 Millers Falls Road between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or left in the dropbox. Clerk and Collector Suzanne Leh can be reached at 413-863-4542 with questions.

Turners Falls High School receives $40K STEM grant

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School has received a $40,000 grant from the Mass STEM Hub and the One8 Foundation “to bring the hands-on engineering curriculum from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to their school,” as announced in a press release last week.

The three-year grant will allow the school to implement three new engineering elective courses. Starting this fall, students may enroll in Project Lead The Way’s Introduction to Engineering Design course. Two more courses will be added later: Principles of Engineering and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Town planner gives update on sidewalk improvement project

MONTAGUE — Town Planner Walter Ramsey informed the Selectboard last week that the Complete Streets sidewalk installation project at Montague Street and Turnpike Road is in its final billing stages. The Department of Public Works and involved engineers are content with the work, he added.

Following Ramsey’s update, the Selectboard authorized using up to $21,587.25 from the Project Overrun account for the sidewalk installation project, per terms of the town’s contract with Baltazar Contractors.

Selectboard executes agreement for Canal District Master Plan

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard executed an agreement with MassDevelopment outlining administration of a Canal District Master Plan during a meeting last week.

“The purpose of the Master Plan Study is to survey, evaluate and recommend short-term, mid-range and long-term courses of action for the Canal District of Turners Falls,” reads the proposal for services from involved designer Dietz & Company Architects of Springfield.

Selectboard OKs application for $83.3K Battlefield Planning Grant

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard authorized the town’s application for a fiscal year 2023 Battlefield Planning Grant last week in the amount of $83,300. The grant, if awarded, would fund fieldwork and education related to the 1676 Battle of Great Falls.

Dog shelter planning rabies vaccine clinic

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter at 10 Sandy Lane will hold a rabies vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $20 per pet, cash only, according to a flyer for the clinic. Dogs must be leashed (extendable leashes are not allowed) and cats must be in carriers.

No appointment is necessary. Proof of a previous rabies vaccine will be required to obtain a three-year shot.

For more information, call 413-676-9182 or visit


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