The search for a murder suspect with local ties continues. An earlier-than-anticipated retirement lends urgency to questions about the future of Montague’s Water Pollution Control Facility staffing; our editorial calls for transparency in the process. A cordial Gill Town Meeting approves most articles, while a generous Montague Town Meeting dips into savings to fund initiatives and requests. Erving’s selectboard elects a chair and makes an offer. Wendell’s selectboard re-elects its chair and judges an essay contest. Turners students teach younger peers about social media. A bevy of letters and editorials endorse candidates for local office. The latest on TFHS softball. And, a look back at the famous-in-its-day Montague Rod & Reel.
MoRe: Plow Day draws a large, friendly crowd to Northfield. Last Dance Shrouds offer a simple, soft (and green) good-bye. West Along The River deems May “a pious fraud.” Energetic paintings fill the Wendell Free Library’s gallery space. Oystergirl offers up Part 2 of “The Surprising History of Menstrual Care.” In Montague Center, good music makes good neighbors. Our farmer’s market beat profiles the fashion choices of one stylish young locavore. The Healthy Geezer offers an environmental scan. Pets of the Week Daredevil and Angel Kitty seek a spot on your couch. The Gill Police Log finds bridge workers using vulgar language, while the skunk in the Montague Police Log just stares back. This month’s Children’s Page walks you through turning a newspaper into a paper bird. Plus: arts, events, the Great Falls Middle School honor roll, and a Reporter sighting in Rome.
The perennial question of Turners Falls’ planters blooms again; catch up on the latest developments. Montague’s May 7 Town Meeting agenda reflects the realities of a post-industrial rural community. Erving welcomes a new selectboard member and tackles a full town meeting agenda. In Leverett, voters hash out bylaws and budgets over donuts. The Nurturing Fathers Program supports dads who want to do better. A young TFHS baseball team plays with heart. In a guest editorial, two Turners Falls residents offer real talk about downtown’s noise problem. Plus: selectboard coverage from Erving, Gill, Leverett and Montague; the latest from the GMRSD School Committee; and lots of letters to the editor this week — thank you, readers!
MoRe: A talented cast portrays timeless issues facing young people in Arena Civic Theater’s “Spring Awakening.” Avenue A’s window gallery features a Leyden artist’s photos from Cape Cod and Cuba. A Montague nonagenarian sews to support Church World Service. The Gardener’s Companion knows when to fold ‘em. NatureCulture: The Science Page looks at women in STEM and old-growth forest conservation. Plus: in Pet of the Week, a friendly, extra-large rabbit; an extra-large Weird Healing; the Healthy Geezer on the importance of sunglasses; Mother’s Day reflections; Jukebox Memories; a busy Montague police log; and arts, entertainment, and event listings.
APRIL 28, 2016 – From sludge to compost: Montague’s Water Pollution Control Facility works its magic upon our effluent. Across town, the Selectboard addresses another human byproduct (noise). St. Kaz prepares to make some noise in support of a young community member undergoing treatment in Boston. The Montague Broadband Committee seeks to remove MBI from the funding decision. In Montague Center, a local PA recounts her Haiti mission. Part VI of our Eye on Town Finances finds us tapping into reserve funds. In Erving, we recap the selectboard meeting and preview the town meeting, while the police deal with bears, brush fires, and bulky waste. Wendell’s state rep navigates around a parked train to make a packed selectboard meeting. A guest editorial offers further thoughts on the Leverett Transfer Station, and Gill’s conservation committee offers up education and rain barrels.
MoRe: A Montague dog’s raisin binge leads to an expensive vet visit and an extensive literature search. How do you deal with ants in your house? One Northfield man tore his down and built a chateau — our correspondent has the story. Wendell prepares to host a permaculture film; our critic offers a review. West along the River takes stock of April. The Healthy Geezer evaluates the addictive potential of nicotine gum. The Pets of the Week go together. Our Spanish language page, Aquí se habla español, returns and invites reader submissions. Plus: photos from the spring parade; the week in TFHS sports; the ever-popular Montague Police Log; and event listings to keep you busy through the weekend and beyond.
The big story: Kinder Morgan suspends plans for the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline! As many in our region breathe a sigh of relief, our editorial reminds us of the interplay between energy policy and working-class economic realities. In other news: A new gun shop on Avenue A takes some by surprise. TFFD voters say yes to two more firefighters. As annual town meetings approach, GMRSD seeks budget compromise from the towns, and we take a closer look at state aid to schools. We talk with the three candidates vying for an Erving selectboard seat. TFHS welcomes 12 other schools to a regional student council meeting. Gill considers joining a fire services regionalization study, while Leverett reviews the warrant for their April 30 town meeting. Hallmark is “evaluating its program offerings.” And, our April poetry page features the work of Christopher Janke.
MoRe: Erin McKeown and a Hamilton sing-along come to the Shea this weekend. The latest installation from Jinx recalls bad boys, nickel serials, and old-school recycling. The Gardener’s Companion waxes philosophical. Montague Catholic Social Ministries hosts “A Celebration of Healing.” A rundown of the week in sports at TFHS. A look at the Make-a-Wish foundation. The Healthy Geezer walks us through types of dialysis. Plus: Pet of the Week; Modern Voids; MCTV listings; the Montague Police Log; and tons of events to add to your social calendar (including our Spring Showers fundraiser on April 30!).
Calling all Turners Falls Fire District voters: your voices are needed next Tuesday night at the district’s annual meeting! Read up on some of the big questions facing TFFD on Page 1 of this week’s issue. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute cancels an important meeting, frustrating the Montague and Hardwick broadband committees and causing confusion and delay. Changes to the state education funding formula are the focus of a conference at GCC. Selectboard notes from Erving, Leverett, Montague, and Wendell. A rundown of the week in TFHS sports. Lou’s UpCycles winds down. Letter writers issue an additional plea for attendance at next week’s TF Fire District meeting and offer a vote of confidence for Hillcrest Elementary’s work with students. And, our editorial encourages you to subscribe to our “strange little rag.”
MoRe: A reconstruction of a 1968 gyrocopter tragedy at the TF Airport that resulted in a life lost in pursuit of adventure. A look at the new risks borne by the lowly mosquito. The Indian Narratives, Part 3 offers the Narragansett perspective on the massacre at Great Falls. The Children’s Page celebrates sea creatures! The Healthy Geezer takes on another “age thing” that is hard to swallow. Plus: Weird Healing; Pet of the Week; police logs from Montague and Gill; our film critic reviews Risen (2016); and even more event announcements and listings than usual. Why not start (or renew) your subscription with this issue?
Gill’s Riverside Cemetery Association prepares to dissolve: read about their plans for “turning over the keys” after 130+ years. The Shea showcases immigrant voices this weekend. Gloria Steinem visits Gill and sets Northfield Mount Hermon abuzz. Montague’s wastewater transition plan encounters a clog, while the cable access contract finally gets the go-ahead. Our reporter visits Hillcrest Elementary’s “calm-down” room and talks with the principal and teachers following allegations of abusive isolation from two families. Flags poking through snow outline a future labyrinth in Montague Center. Wendell inches toward WiredWest withdrawal. Erving scrambles to keep a significant park grant. Part VI of Eye on Town Finances looks at the tough choices behind the FY17 budget. An Erving 4H-er brings home a blue ribbon. Letter writers continue the Leverett Transfer Station conversation, urge the state senate to remove barriers to solar, summon planter volunteers to a 4/20 meeting, and give thanks for Egg Hunt help
MoRe: Art is everywhere! Abstract expressionist paintings with eyes…folk art…knick-knacks…whatever you call them, a Turners Falls artist’s creations add colorful intrigue and ambiguity to the walls of Great Falls Harvest. Montague artists contribute rotation books, welded sculptures, and readings from their works at a book arts exhibit in Easthampton, and vintage powerhouse photos are on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Slate Roof Press poets visit Franklin County Tech. The Gardener’s Companion and TFHS athletes contend with a mercurial springtime. In Wendell, Medicine Mammals invites volunteers to help them help sick and injured wildlife. Oystergirl offers Part 1 of “The Surprising History of Menstrual Care.” NatureCulture: The Science Page highlights efforts (including beer!) to protect and raise awareness of our own endangered Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon. Plus: the return of the Leverett Police Log (as well as logs from Erving and Montague); the Healthy Geezer talks dentures; the Pet of the Week is a Jersey girl; and tons of arts and events listings.
It’s another Throwback Thursday! The special historical editions we published in January and July 2015 were among our most popular ever, so we figured we’d throw another one out there. This time, we showcase coverage from our paper (and its predecessors) of the March 31 to April 6 week, all the way from 1873 to the present.
N.B.: Mixed in with the old news is one item of our own devising to mark April Fools’ Day — or, as they called it in 1873, All Fool’s Day. Think you can spot the fake story out of all the bits and pieces we’ve assembled? Let us know which one you think it is by April 10, by sending your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our office at 177 Avenue A in Turners Falls. We’ll draw from the correct answers and the winner will receive a glass wind chime, donated by Nina’s Nook.
CONDOS ON THE CANAL? Montague hears from a developer who has big plans for Building 11. The Swift River School Committee stands with teachers and parents who oppose PARCC testing, while the Gill-Montague School Committee discusses proposed changes to the formula for state aid for schools. A Sheffield fourth grade class comes in first (out of 4200 classes!) in a national literacy software competition. A Greenfield veteran discusses the moral injuries sustained in war and poetry’s role in the healing process. Our high school all-stars take the court and do us proud. A guest editorialist calls us on our “rare, pure, utter editorial hopelessness” in last week’s piece on climate change and urges us to keep striving for sustainability. Letter writers petition on behalf of Leverett’s transfer station, express gratitude for Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno’s poetry and our coverage thereof; and inquire about police logs beyond Montague and Erving. Plus: selectboard notes from Erving, Gill, Leverett, and Montague.
MoRe: Goth carpenter tricks out local churches. Math rock, jazz, and Dada converge at the Brick House this weekend: bring earplugs and a calculator. In West Along the River, Part 2 of the Indian Narratives features the Aquinnah Wampanoag account of the massacre at Great Falls. Sirum Equipment’s annual open house brings all the tractor fans to the yard: we’ve got exclusive coverage. ¡Todos a votar! Our Spanish Language page is back. Four Winds students work at their own level; TFHS students present A Little Shop of Horrors; a feline couple seeks a home; the Healthy Geezer researches hand disorders; police logs from Erving, Gill (!), and Montague, and more arts and event listings than you ever dreamed of. On newsstands now!
As Cabot Station celebrates its centennial, we look back at 100 years of hydroelectric power along the canals of the Connecticut. Planter politics and process questions persist in Montague. Wendell and neighboring communities gather to consider new approaches to the last-mile broadband question, and the town also prepares for a significant road closure this summer. Erving’s selectboard hears requests for changes to town employee positions, including the treasurer and library assistant. GMRSD sets its final budget and looks at declining district enrollment, while Part V of Eye on Town Finances discusses school funding. 3D printers bring a new dimension to learning at Franklin Tech. Montague’s Water Pollution Control Facility brainstorms solutions after a combined sewer overflow event this winter. Local hoopsters head to the Hampshire-Franklin All-Star Game. Our editorial juxtaposes record-breaking global temperature increases with global oil overproduction. And, our letter writers offer up another take on the management of the Montague Plains, an invitation to an anti-pipeline meeting in Erving, and thanks from a local resident for her surprise 85th birthday party.
MoRe: Local poet and former Montague Reporter editor Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno’s latest volume of poems, Remission, chronicles recovery from a life-threatening illness. An exhibit in Turners Falls showcases the work of a local artist whose pieces incorporate clover, quinoa, pills, and porcupine quills, among other materials. Franklin Tech’s Fins, Feathers, and Fur Club serves up bear golumbki, country-fried moose steak, and squirrel stew at its annual Wild Harvest Dinner. A documentary film premiere and dance festival draw practitioners of mindful movement to Northampton. The Gardener’s Companion wends her way home from Florida. The Healthy Geezer muses on hydration. The Pet of the Week is a good cat with a kind soul. Plus: the Poetry Page; Weird Healing; the Montague Police Log; arts and events listings and reviews, and so much more. Muster at your favorite newsstand and secure a copy of our Evacuation Day issue today!
Edible and Tangible Bliss are coming to downtown Turners: the Creemee and a new gem/mineral store prepare to fill two empty storefronts. In selectboard news, the treasurer appointment debate heats up in Erving; Gill contributes to Montague’s anti-pipeline efforts and considers a Procrustean approach to firefighter recruitment; in Leverett, frustration with Shutesbury’s unpreparedness to vote on merging elementary schools; and Montague deems the skatepark “substantially complete.” We offer a preview of town elections across our reading area and a rundown of energy issues at the state and local levels. At Great Falls Middle School, peer mediators help students work things out. At GCC, an Israeli anthropologist advocates for a democratic, Israeli-Palestinian state. Our editorial and cartoon keep the spotlight on the dangers of unsecured industrial ruins. A guest editorial calls for municipally-owned cable. And, the ice is gone on Lake Pleasant.
MoRe: A local (human) fixture approaches 30 years at Aubuchon. Our intrepid correspondent travels to Truth or Consequences, NM and reports back from Spaceport America. Wendell reads up on Dying Wise. A Shelburne Falls-based transit group helps to Max-imize bus transport options in our region. Local HS basketball seasons come to an end. In the Healthy Geezer: varicose veins and you. In the Pet of the Week: warrior princess seeks home. We’ve got police logs, MCTV listings, and the usual assortment of outstanding arts and event listings to fill your calendar. Plus: a Children’s Page full of feathered friends. Wing your way to your favorite local retailer (or to your mailbox) and grab your copy today!