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.