State Fire Marshal Orders Strathmore Mill Secured. A Midwinter Meal. School Budget Season Opens: Seven Jobs on Chopping Block. Hydrogeologist, Geographer to Towns: It’s time to Learn to Love the Floods. Towns Consider Cost of Hiring School Police Officer. Subscribe to the Montague Reporter! Guest Editorial: America Cannot Afford Trump’s Nuclear Arms Race. Letters to the Editors: Reactions to Last TFHS Mascot Forum. Another Letter to the Editors: Open Letter to the Gill-Montague School Committee. Local Briefs. Guest Editorial: Repealing the Affordable Care Act Puts Rural Hospitals at Risk. Recalling the Sheffield School Fire of 1986. Police Officer Job Declined; Hackers Jack School HVAC. 2017 Begins with Fire and Water – But Will We Finally Get to Dry Hill Cemetery? Park Water Tower “Sign” Needs Approval.
The Week in TFHS Sports. Concert Preview: A Rare Treat, Reissued. Book Review: Chasing our Tales: An Ancestor Speaks. Making Fun of Garbage is His Business. Pet of the Week. This Week on MCTV. The Healthy Geezer: Brain Injuries. Saturday at the Full Moon Coffeehouse: The Slik Pickers and the Green Sisters! Highlights from the Montague Police Log: Asportation; Loose Boxer; Icy Spots; Neighbors’ Pets Pester Callers, Callers’ Pets. Winter Fun, Accessible to All! Movie Review: Collateral Beauty (2016). “Stories of Green Burial” at Greenfield Library. La iglesia católica como santuario: Entrevista al padre Sean O’Mannion, de Nuestra Sra. Czestochowa. Noticias del Mundo Hispano. Arts & Entertainment. Homesteading, Inch By Inch.
A dramatic fire engulfed the remains of the Railroad Salvage building on New Year’s Eve: full coverage of the blaze and its aftermath on page A1, and a timeline of this building’s rich history on page B1 of this week’s issue. In other news: laundromat patrons weather dryer drought; Wendell considers talking stick to solve solar dispute; Erving employees earn praises and raises; Gill considers everything from body cameras to birdhouses; Leverett makes an offer to an officer and hires a Web developer to build a system for public records requests. A bright red OPEN sign draws Nina into a little neighborhood cafe in Erving. NatureCulture: The Science Page looks at approaches to greening our environment and provides an update on Standing Rock. Our editorial calls upon the state to end solitary confinement.
MoRe: the Gardener’s Companion heads to the UMass sun wheel to welcome the new year. TFHS athletes take to the courts and to the ice in another week of contests. A California organization customizes vehicles for wounded vets. The Young Shakespeare Players prepare to bring Richard II to life on stage. Plus: January library listings; Pet of the Week; This Week on MCTV; the Montague Police Log, and much more.
Learn how FERC hydro project relicensing could affect our relationship with the Connecticut River over the next 50 years. TF business owners talk about how they’re faring this holiday season. An evening course at FCTS moves workers into the Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline. In selectboard news, Erving debates increased library staffing, Montague town officials face the prospect of “another frickin’ email” account; and Wendell discusses diaper noncompliance. This month’s Poetry Page reflects on the winter holidays. And, our editorial asks: Does anyone deserve anything?
MoRe: A fond look back at the homemade rip sled and winter jackassery of yore. In West along the River, the birds help usher in winter. Our TFHS sports correspondent offers a rundown of the week’s contests. Our critic reviews Hacksaw Ridge. A “Nasty Women” art show seeks participants. Plus: highlights from the Montague Police Log; the Montague Crypojam; Pet of the Week; and check out two weeks’ worth of arts and events listings to relive the ones you attended, rue the ones you missed, and fill up your calendar with those still to come. No paper on December 29; see you in 2017!