Montague Notebook: Oct. 14, 2021

  • The Turners Falls High School Class of 2020 walks into graduation. The Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee voted last month to allow the senior class to choose a unified color scheme for their graduation caps and gowns, a decision that Superintendent Brian Beck has since spoken with students about. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 10/13/2021 4:48:36 PM
Church hosting drive-thru supper

MONTAGUE CENTER — The First Congregational Church of Montague will hold a drive-thru takeout supper from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Meals include baked ham with raisin sauce, duchess potatoes, butternut squash, bread and butter, and apple crisp. The meal costs $12 and reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 413-367-2652.

Hydrant flushing starts Monday

ERVING — The Erving Water Department will be flushing hydrants starting Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cultural councils seek funding proposals for arts programming

Montague and Gill’s cultural councils are accepting funding proposals with a deadline of Oct. 15.

A press release from Montague’s RiverCulture states the grants can support “exhibitions, workshops, performances and other cultural programming in 2022.”

“These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Gill and surrounding communities,” the Gill Cultural Council posted on its website. “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the council encourages applications for both online and live events, with the understanding that up-to-date requirements for social distancing will be met. Gill seeks to bring performers, artists, historians, naturalists, speakers, musicians and workshop presenters to venues in town or nearby towns.”

Application forms and more information about the local cultural councils can be found at

Superintendent, students talk cap and gown colors

TURNERS FALLS — Following the Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee’s decision to change the cap and gown color selection process for graduation at Turners Falls High School, Superintendent Brian Beck met with the senior class to discuss the change.

This comes after the decision to have students vote on a non-binary unified color combination was made at the School Committee’s Sept. 28 meeting without consulting the student body.

Originally, Turners Falls High School cap and gown colors followed age-old tradition: girls would wear white and boys would wear blue. In recent years, the school deviated from this tradition in an effort to be more considerate of students’ gender identities, allowing each student to individually select which of the two colors they’d prefer to wear. Now, each student in the graduating class will don the same color — or combination of colors — in an effort to promote unity.

Playground renovations finished

TURNERS FALLS — Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Brian Beck announced during a School Committee meeting Tuesday that renovations of the playground at Sheffield Elementary School were finished that day.

The playground was closed at the beginning of the school year after Facilities Energy Manager Heath Cummings determined that parts of it were “unsafe” for use due to wear and age.


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