Montague Notebook: Oct. 20, 2021

  • Vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Baystate Health Mobile Vaccine Team will hold a free pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Franklin County Technical School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 10/19/2021 4:26:05 PM
Gill preps to add administrative clerk

GILL — The town is looking to hire an administrative clerk to assist with zoning and Planning Board matters.

Town Administrator Ray Purington said the town approved the position a “couple years” ago, but just posted the “Help Wanted” ad in August. Purington hopes to conduct interviews “starting in the next couple weeks” before he selects a finalist and recommends someone to the Selectboard for appointment.

The clerk would work 15 hours per week and be paid $18.41 per hour.

At an Oct. 12 Selectboard meeting, the board requested $2,100.28 be put toward used wall panels from BBE Office Interiors to create office space for a new clerk. This would include both delivery and setup.

To view the full job description and list of responsibilities, visit

Several roads to be paved Thursday

GILL — Paving and related road work will take place on Main Road (the section immediately north of the F.M. Kuzmeskus bus company), Mountain Road (north end), and Hoe Shop Road (southern end) on Thursday. Motorists should expect delays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and may want to take alternate routes. Hoe Shop Road will be closed to through traffic.

Baystate Health holding COVID-19 vaccine clinic

TURNERS FALLS — The Baystate Health Mobile Vaccine Team will hold a free pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Franklin County Technical School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will all be available.

According to a press release from Maura Tobias, public affairs and community relations specialist with Baystate Health, attendees are encouraged to bring identification and their insurance card, but they are not needed for vaccination. Children ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

RiverCulture newsletter keeps locals in the loop

MONTAGUE — RiverCulture’s weekly newsletter, which is released every Thursday morning, is an effort by the arts and business programming organization to keep locals up-to-date on Montague’s happenings.

“Signing up for the weekly RiverCulture newsletter is the easiest way to learn about the wonderful exhibitions, performances, talks and outdoor events happening in town,” Director Suzanne LoManto wrote in a press release.

Those interested in receiving the newsletter can sign up at

Franklin Tech collective bargaining rep. selected

MONTAGUE — Bernardston resident Brian Keir has been selected as the collective bargaining representative for Franklin County Technical School, as announced by Montague Town Administrator Steve Ellis at the town’s Monday Selectboard meeting.

Hydrant flushing delayed one week

ERVING — The Water Department will be flushing hydrants starting Monday, Oct. 25, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will continue until complete. The flushing was initially scheduled to start on Oct. 19 and was delayed by Water Superintendent Peter Sanders.


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