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Closures expected amid painting on White Bridge in Turners Falls
03-22-2024 2:22 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The White Bridge will be closed next Monday and Tuesday due to a daytime painting operation, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).The bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, MassDOT...

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Montague Selectboard talks need for school funding, infrastructure upgrades with Rep. Blais
04-05-2024 1:39 PM

By MAX BOWEN

MONTAGUE — Increased school funding, road and bridge repairs, and wastewater system upgrades were on the minds of Selectboard members as they met with Rep. Natalie Blais this week.Blais, D-Deerfield, met with the board as part of her annual tour of...


‘Hiccup’ over excavation stalls bid acceptance for Conway public safety building addition
04-04-2024 1:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — While the acceptance of any bids for the public safety building addition is temporarily delayed as the town works out some “minor hiccups,” officials are hopeful to reach a resolution before a late April deadline.The town has received several...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
03-29-2024 4:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants Thursday night collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final...


Orange Selectboard OKs borrowing up to $1.5M for Wastewater Treatment Facility repairs
03-29-2024 2:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard voted this week to approve emergency borrowing of up to $1.5 million to replace the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility’s three influent pumps after one of them failed a few weeks ago.Town Administrator Matthew Fortier...


Orange Sewer Commission OKs rental after pump fails
03-11-2024 3:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Sewer Commission held an emergency meeting Saturday to authorize the rental of a bypass system as a temporary remedy until a failed influent pump can be replaced at the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility at 295 West Main St.Wastewater...


Public comment sought for Franklin County Bike Plan update
03-05-2024 3:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is asking the public to complete an online survey with an interactive mapping component to provide information for a new Franklin County Bike Plan.By updating the bike plan for the...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...


Nash’s Mill Road in Greenfield to close through April 19 for water main installation
03-01-2024 1:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Drivers on Nash’s Mill Road can expect detours through April 19, as the city announced Friday the installation of a new 12-inch water main.Work is set to begin Monday, March 4, on the $656,920 project, which will be funded through...


Montague DPW looks to remedy stormwater infiltration to curb sewer overage fees
02-15-2024 1:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

MONTAGUE — The investigation into stormwater infiltration in the sewage pipes underneath Federal Street in Millers Falls will continue as the town tries to eliminate a key factor contributing to a $94,668 overage charge assessed by neighboring...


White Bridge closure to continue Thursday
02-14-2024 12:28 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The closure of the White Bridge that connects Greenfield and Turners Falls over the Connecticut River will continue on Thursday, Feb. 15, according to the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT).The bridge was closed Monday...


When a rural road goes bad: Leverett’s unpaved Dudleyville Road illustrates challenges facing local towns
02-07-2024 2:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Restoration of a 1.4-mile section of the mostly gravel Dudleyville Road from Moore’s Corner to the Shutesbury town line could cost at least $2 million, and possibly as much as $4 million, according to a draft evaluation recently completed...


Heavy rain in 2023 leads to extra $95K sewer bill for Montague
01-24-2024 12:02 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

MONTAGUE — The town will receive a $94,668 bill in overage charges from Erving, which processes sewage for Millers Falls, after historic rainfall in 2023 resulted in rainwater infiltrating the processing system. “It was expected, but this much over...


School Street bridge closed in Northfield
01-11-2024 11:23 AM

By MARY BYRNE

NORTHFIELD — Until bridge renovations are complete, the existing bridge on the west side of School Street, which connects two trails in the Mill Brook wetlands area, will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic. “It was going to cost us over...


Montague Selectboard talks $1.1M in projects
01-09-2024 2:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

MONTAGUE — Town officials have a slate of 11 capital and two non-capital requests to address as they plan the fiscal year 2025 budget and finish out the rest of this fiscal year.The projects, nearly all of which are included in the capital plan, would...


White Bridge in Turners Falls down to one lane for structural repairs
01-03-2024 9:58 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

TURNERS FALLS — As the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) begins work this week on structural steel and concrete repairs, the White Bridge at the base of Turners Falls Road is expected to have alternating one-way traffic through at least the...


Fair Share Amendment boosts rural road funding in Franklin County, North Quabbin
12-29-2023 1:10 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Franklin County and North Quabbin highway departments are about to get a lot more state funding, thanks to additional allocations due to what Sen. Jo Comerford dubbed the “rural factor.” The Healey-Driscoll administration intends to deliver $100...


Taking pride in preservation: Local developers honored with Greenfield Historical Commission award
12-26-2023 11:25 AM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Mark Zaccheo and Barbara Nichols, who completed several local projects together over the years, have been recognized by the Historical Commission for their work renovating local buildings while also maintaining their historic...


Tully Bridge in Orange closed amid flood threat
12-19-2023 5:29 PM

Staff Report

ORANGE — The town-owned bridge over Tully River’s west branch is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure in response to severe flood gauge readings.The bridge was closed on Monday at 2 p.m. at the request of the state Department of...


Leverett moves to discontinue Rattlesnake Gutter Road
12-10-2023 3:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Despite an appeal from the town’s fire and police chiefs to reopen a section of a long-closed gravel road, the Selectboard is moving forward with permanently discontinuing much of Rattlesnake Gutter Road as a public way.Acting on a request...


Colrain opts to keep South Green River Road open this winter, conditions permitting
12-01-2023 2:56 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — Following complaints from residents, the Selectboard has opted to keep South Green River Road open for the winter, provided it does not become dangerous. “The logical conclusion is to keep it open until it becomes a safety issue,” said board...

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