Take a trip down Memory Lane, aka Avenue A, in our latest historical edition. In it you’ll find little bits & pieces from every town paper we could find from this week dating back to 1872, strung together like popcorn and hung up just for you!
The Montague Reporter sometimes finds itself retracing the footprints of the village’s earlier weeklies thanks to the staff of the Montague public libraries, who have carefully preserved this motherlode for generations. Pick up paper copy at your favorite newsstand, or point your browser to montague.advantage-preservation.com.
As TFHS athletes continue to shine on the field, the off-field debate regarding their mascot intensifies. Full coverage of this week’s GMRSD school committee meeting, plus letters and a guest editorial, in this week’s issue. Also: Selectboard coverage from Erving, Wendell, and Montague (whose meeting clocked in at under seven minutes!); your chance to view film footage of Montague from 1929; and brave volunteers bundle up and haul trash from the river. Wishing you were more current on science? NatureCulture has reading suggestions, plus a moon calendar, event listings, and a look at Samhain. And, our communities mourn the loss of a beloved educator, coach, and athlete.
MoRe: Lost & Found Fashion Show recap! A Turners Falls postman calls it a career after 37 years. Part III of On Melville’s Trail. A fresh coat of paint for the Montague Senior Center. Our critic breaks down the MacGyver remake. What’s that wheeking sound? Must be Pet of the Week! Plus: Weird Healing, Healthy Geezer, MCTV listings, and more.
State police seizure of Wendell residents’ medical marijuana plants raises questions of privacy, legality, and health care. Selectboard coverage from Erving, Gill, Leverett, and Montague. The latest from the Leverett school committee. The week in TFHS sports. Our annual photo of the canal drawdown. Plus, a plethora of letters — thank you, letter writers!
MoRe: A look back at the devastating effects of yellow fever. Part 2 of On Melville’s Trail. A profile of a local biographer extraordinaire. The Gardener’s Companion has the end of season blues. Our monthly Spanish language page, Aquí se habla español, is back. The Pet of the Week seeks a sweet home with you. The Healthy Geezer is hip to your woes. Plus: police logs, TV reviews, arts and events listings, and much more.
Read the latest on Montague PD’s suspension from its prescription drug drop-off program and a regional anti-crime task force. Musicians, rejoice: Replay Gear is coming to Turners! Gill’s selectboard reviews part-time employees, while Leverett discusses the effects of water turmoil in Amherst. We’ve got a preview of the TFHS fall sports season. Our editorial looks at issues of fossil fuel development and land sovereignty. Letter writers address the Gill-Montague Education Fund, provide additional details about the charter school ballot question, and promote apples for the taking.
MoRe: Oystergirl walks us through making broth. A community-minded Wendell writer “starts all things literary, and carries them out with stealth.” The Gardener’s Companion enjoys a summer’s bounty while looking ahead to the next growing season. Local designers prepare to “flaunt the glorious unnecessary” in the latest incarnation of a beloved fashion tradition, TF-style. Looking for the Children’s Page? It’s landed in Section A this week — check it out and make some corn dolls. Plus: 100 Years of the Big E, Weird Healing, Pet of the Week, Weirdnesses of the Thyroid, the latest Farmers Market interview, the Montague Police Log, and arts and events listings to fill up your weekend.
A Fourth Street fire displaces ten people and leads to one arrest; full coverage in this week’s issue. The Amherst-Pelham School District deals with “a firestorm of controversy” following a superintendent settlement. GMRSD officials describe the challenges caused by charter growth. A busy week for selectboards: crabapple controversy in Montague; Erving revisits park project; Gill scores community forest matching grant; highway truck rims jacked in Leverett; and Wendell’s flag heads to Boston — and that’s not even the half of it. As Montague’s hill trails open to the public, our editor chronicles a summer day’s adventures on the Robert Frost Trail. An ex-pat friend of the Reporter family analyzes tensions in Turkey.
MoRe: Turners Falls is just the latest stop on the fascinating life’s journey of Our Lady of Czestochowa’s new priest. A newly published family history offers a window into the history of Northfield, Gill, and Bernardston. West Along the River is in a late summer state of mind. NatureCulture, our science page, offers a review of Brethren by Nature plus some fun science projects to try at home. We’ve got photographic coverage of re-paving and ribbon cutting on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge. This week in television: a preview of upcoming MCTV attractions and a retrospective of 50 years of Star Trek. In Pet of the Week, sweet, skittish cat promises glimpse of double paws in exchange for quiet home. The Healthy Geezer offers up Heart Valve Surgery 101. And, the Montague and Gill police…just…well, you’ll have to read it for yourself. Summer’s over, and we’re back on our weekly publishing schedule. Don’t fall behind – grab a copy today!
Weekly Headlines, Newsstand Bait Edition:
In Montague, this one genius sewage hack has the state asking questions.
A local institution closes up shop, and Turners Falls may never be the same.
The Five Eyed Fox asked for a liquor license. You’ll never guess what happened 15 months later.
Fighting fear? Seeking acceptance? This local instructor could change your life.
The Best Five Town Festival You’ve Never Heard Of.
This one weird law change is making Gill’s selectboard nervous.
Erving opens four bids for park construction. What happened next is astounding.
This one broadband committee structure has everyone in Wendell talking.
This one genius philosophy could change how you garden — forever.
Our reporter decided to research Old Home Days. You won’t believe what she found out.
A local youth theater ensemble’s efforts will blow your mind.
This one softball team just did something pretty incredible.
A drone flew over Turners Falls. What it saw will amaze you.
The fate of this TV show hangs in the balance.
All sorts of good vibes at this one local festival.
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Shocking: See what this dingus did to the Community Garden.
Do you suffer from this rare medical condition? Learn more in the Healthy Geezer.
This house pet proves that the Pet of the Week isn’t just for cats and dogs.
What the Erving and Gill police dealt with this week will blow your mind.
And, in the Montague police log: When this cleaning crew looked in the dumpster, their reaction was priceless.
This one issue could change your life. Follow the bait to your local newsstand today!
Lock your windows and doors: the North American Tiddlywinks Association is coming to Montague. Exclusive coverage in this week’s issue. In other news, TFFD welcomes a new chief, while Montague looks to fill three crucial town positions. Sheffield’s summer campers enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about compost and recycling. Wendell continues to adjust to the bifurcation of the broadband committee. Recycled products purchase policies occupy both the Gill and Leverett selectboards. From Erving, we’ve got selectboard notes, police logs, and news of a groundbreaking for a new park. Plus, Gill-Montague school committee notes and a look at just how hard it can be to access state childcare assistance.
MoRe: The Pocumtuck Homelands Festival returns to Unity Park this Saturday. West Along the River takes stock of midsummer. Oystergirl shares her favorite local food producers. Greenfield Co-op hosts a conversation on race and insensitivity. Our critics review Henry James on stage at GCC and preview the Olympics in Rio. What better way to warm up for the tiddlywinks bash than with a pig roast on Deep Hole? The Pet of the Week wants to hit the catnip and kick back on your couch. The Healthy Geezer breaks the bad news that even Floridians are not immune to hypothermia. Plus: the August Poetry Page; Weird Healing; Pokemon chasers fill the Montague Police Log; our latest Farmers Market profile; and so much more. You’ve waited two weeks — grab your copy today!
Why is the last mile the hardest mile? As the effort to extend broadband across the region continues, Wendell’s decision to separate into two committees leads to a mass resignation; Montague keeps the pressure on Comcast to reach 100% of unserved homes; and Gill signs a letter to MBI in support of expanded service there. A Springfield church is raising funds after the tragic death of a local farm worker in Deerfield. Chinese middle schoolers get to know Wendell. If you’re tired of “sputtering, medieval toadies” dragging down Internet discourse in times of social upheaval (see our editorial), Greenfield is planning a monthly IRL opportunity to discuss social topics, starting with race. Plus: selectboard coverage from all five towns;,the year in TFHS sports; Nina’s cartoon explains why pedestrians might be a little pokey lately; and letter writers weigh in on YSP East, offer a poem, and express general enthusiasm for the paper. (Thanks!)
MoRe: Our correspondent heads to Pittsfield in search of Melville. In Orange, the “Keeper of the Flowers” preserves the past in petals. The Gardener’s Companion speaks plainly. MR at the Farmer’s Market talks Millers Falls and Rainbow Gatherings with a local artist. This month’s Children’s Page walks you through making kitchen spoon puppets and invites you to give it a try this Saturday at Gill’s Slate Memorial Library. Plus: theater and movie reviews; police logs from Montague and Gill; arts and entertainment listings; Healthy Geezer; Pet of the Week; and much more. Pick up our long-awaited mid-July issue today, and savor it until our next publication on August 4!
Is Hallmark quietly winding down its operations? Read about the former owner’s allegations on this week’s Page A1. A familiar face prepares for her first year as Sheffield’s principal, while her middle/high school counterpart reflects back on her first year. Projected revenues are down but local aid is up in the budget sent to the governor this week. Wendell contends with partying at Fiske Pond. A local sound healer helps bodies and minds find harmony. And, just to mix things up, we’ve put a couple of MoRe mainstays in Section A this week: don’t be alarmed when you encounter West Along the River and this month’s NatureCulture science page somewhat earlier than usual.
As always, there’s MoRe: Our reviewer finds a local author’s history of light illuminating; Part IX of Turners Falls Goes to War; and a large, colorful Weird Healing graces page B1 as its artists prepare for an opening in Easthampton this Saturday (see event shared on our FB timeline). Franklin County bikers take to the road for good causes; Two Rooms at Silverthorne Theater; and the Pet of the Week is all eyes. Nocturia got you up nights? Check out this week’s Healthy Geezer. Plus, police logs from Montague and Erving; senior center and MCTV listings; and more events and announcements. This issue marks the start of our summer schedule, so savor this issue until our next one hits newsstands in two weeks!