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stash - Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 10:51 P
Typical
Should be Does as first word. Big fingers small keyboard.........
 
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stash - Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 10:45 P
Typical
Goes our town EVER NOT get a project that doesn't end up costing more. How does one start a project NOT knowing about massive power lines under it? Don't they know about digsafe? Should fire whoever did this. What a waste of MY tax money.
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 7:38 P
1676
mikeybsr, I agree with much of what you say. Certainly that history should never be forgotten -- even if it's history that we might wish had never happened. Whatever our wishes, it _did_ happen, and that should be acknowledged. Don't get me started on the Turners Falls Indians. Whatever the merits of the underlying issue (I leaned towards the "change" side, but with reservations because I knew how disruptive it would be; changes like that are sometimes better done gradually), the way it played out in the press and public meetings and the school system and social meetings was horrible. I think that any good that might have come from making the change was cancelled out by all the bad feelings generated by the process. But, as I said, don't get me started.

That said, I kinda like the Thunder logo -- looks very menacing, in a good way. And speaking of Christopher Columbus, I've been reading about the Vikings, who came to Canada (and maybe further south) hundreds of years earlier. We didn't learn about them growing up in Connecticut. . . .
 
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mikeybsr - Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 12:03 P
1676
Very interesting Mike N! The history seems a little complicated. Sometimes I wonder "why"! Growing up I went to school at TFHS. Home of the Turners Falls Indians! Being alumni from TFHS we always, or at least I though Turners Falls Indians was honoring what happened at the falls within the town many years ago! Times have changed. I get that!
Many years ago I had traveled Navajo Nation through the southwest! Very depressing! My point though is history "good" or "bad" is and should never be forgotten.
The Racism Card" seems to be played too much and the media polarizes this by brainwashing people daily!
Back to Turners Falls. Keep in mind the high school, Turners Falls Indians! Takes pride within the town and is FAR from being racist!
Thanks to Christopher Columbus for naming American Natives indigenous people. I guess he set sail to the West Indies, thought he was there. Maybe met some people who were unable to speak the language he new and came up with the name "indian"!
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 8:03 P
1676
"William Turner . . . did what he was instructed to do!"

For another view, see
https://www.google.c...TTZPrBBl_OgDJRXBv4gU

"Captain William Turner, commander of the Hadley garrison, decided to take action despite the instructions from his superiors."

This is a complicated history (as many are), and I daresay most of us (myself included) are only familiar with a small part of it. Maybe best to resolve to learn more before forming firm opinions. . . .
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 7:53 P
1676
"the Deerfield massacre didn't matter"

Bit of an oversimplification there, Stash. You might want to talk with our Millers Falls neighbor David Brule to get a fuller understanding of what happened. . ..
 
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stash - Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 7:39 P
1676
I guess the Deerfield massacre didn't matter cause the white folk didn't win. Kind a like current times.
 
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mikeybsr - Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 8:13 P
1676
Yes folks 1676! 324 years ago! A man by the name of William Turner was sprung out of jail to carry out a mission assigned to him to carry out a mission for immunity! He was jailed in the eastern part of the state for his religious beliefs! (Didnt know that was something to be locked up for).
Here we are many years later offended by a town named after a man who did what he was instructed to do! Yes! During the King Phillip conflict Native Americans were fighting for their land and their beliefs! It's unfortunate but people, people in general were slaughtered both the colonists and Native Americans. Supporting a name change because of history which happened over 300 years ago is foolish!
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 1:09 P
Great
Yes, very impressive. Now let's hope that he's able to put in the time that will be necessary . . . .
 
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stash - Mon, Jun 22, 2020, 11:56 P
Great
Mike kept his seat. One heck of a write in. Congrats.............. Stash
 
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Rob - Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 11:28 A
Police Budget
But even though companies are paying the town for a generic police officer the town still has to budget to pay the police officer. Income and spending are different line items and have to be noted even if it evens out.
 
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Rob - Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 11:26 A
Police Budget
I also thought it was a state law that companies had to hire police and not use civilians for traffic control
 
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newbie - Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 11:13 A
Police Budget
I believe the police on job sites are paid by the company, not the town. Should not be an impact on the budget. Ed
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 5:59 P
Police Budget
I hope this is the start of a longer conversation about the role of the police, both here in Montague and around the state and the country.
 
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Rob - Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 5:20 P
Police Budget
today's town meeting voted not to increase the police budget from last year. The police chief had requested an increase in spending but the town meeting members wanted to send a message about all the police reports around the country and I guess some reporting about disparities in arrests in Montague. At the meeting I did ask the chief why he wanted an increase and his response was "contractual obligations which included raises". I expect the chief will come back at the next special town meeting with more concrete information to present to the town meeting when he asks for more money. Somebody mentioned that police shouldn't be wasting their training directing traffic but I thought it was a state law in Mass that construction areas had to use police officers?
 
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MikeL - Fri, Jul 19, 2019, 2:30 P
Oh, The Irony...
Send Melania Back!!!
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, May 23, 2019, 8:11 P
Info
No results yet on town web site. Just a guess, but they may be waiting until they know the winners in all the races. There were more open seats than candidates for a number of town meeting races, and it can sometimes take a while to go through the write-ins to figure out who won. (If anyone -- one year in Precinct 2 there was a tie, and the precinct town meeting members had to meet at town hall for a special election to choose between the candidates.)
 
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newbie - Tue, May 21, 2019, 10:05 A
Info
Any results on your election ? Didn't notice any info in the Greenfield Paper. Thanks . ED
 
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MikeNaughton - Sun, May 19, 2019, 9:28 P
Tree Warden Contest Monday Election
Hi everyone,

Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen anything about the contest for tree warden in Monday's election. Does anyone know who the challenger is and why they are running? Thanks in advance. .. .
Mike Naughton
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 8:36 P
Old Dude
In general, I agree, though point #1 may need some fine-tuning: I think there are kids who get SS benefits because their parent died, for example -- they never contributed, but the parent did, so maybe some kind of allowance needs to be made.

As for #2, I'm in complete agreement. People who talk about SS having a problem don't mention this, so people should keep bringing it up.

I would add a third: if there realy IS a problem, remove the cap on SS and Medicare wthholdings. Right now, they start with the first $1 you make (I was having to deduct money from $10 checks to Millers Falls firefighters back in the 1990s, if you can believe that), but they stop at around $128,000. If you make more than that, they don't take another penny for either SS or Medicare. Why not? I'm not asking the rich to pay more (that's another discussion), but is there a problem with their paying the same as poor people (and not less)?
 
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newbie - Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 5:44 P
Old Dude
Was yapping with the Old Dude and he suggested a solution for the SS and Medicare shortage. If you did NOT contribute you do NOT get. Also the Feds tapped into the plan a while back. Now they are crying. PUT IT BACK. Problem solved.... Ed and Old Dude
 
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newbie - Mon, Apr 1, 2019, 6:38 P
Dems
Looks like the Dems don't want Biden. Just like poor Bernie vs. Hilareck. Big joke down here in Trump ville. ED
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 11:49 P
Election
Well, in fairness, it's not like we have a boatload of votes with which to swing things one way or another. . . .

That said, though, are you sure all the races have been called? WWLP's site shows Jo Comerford leading Chelsea Kline by a little over 1,700 votes, with 62% of precincts reporting. Kline won precinct 2 pretty handily, so maybe that will end up making a difference.

On the House side, Natalie Blais is leading Francia Wisnewski by about 1,500 votes, with 75% of precincts reporting. Again, Wisnewski beat Blais in precinct 2 -- it's a long shot, but . . . .
 
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stash - Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 11:02 P
Election
I guess not making it back to town to vote didn't make a difference. Winners are announced and I'll bet our votes aren't included.
 
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mdover - Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 9:56 A
Help Needed For Comerford Montague Tuesday
Hi Jo voters,
Jo’s campaign needs people to hold signs and hand out write-in information at several polling places in Montague, including Turners Falls, and Millers Falls. If you have an hour or two to help, please consider signing up for a shift. Filling all of these poll slots could really make this campaign successful. People can sign up directly here: www.signupgenius.com...DB03AECEEE2-montague. And please share this with friends!

Thanks
Michael
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, May 22, 2018, 9:24 A
Election
Kudos to Deb and Maddie for getting election results up so quickly. Nice job! :-)
 
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Rob - Tue, May 22, 2018, 7:03 A
Election
this morning the town has posted on their website unofficial results:

To Build a New Public Works Facility:
Yes: 688

No: 649
 
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newbie - Mon, May 21, 2018, 11:21 P
Election
Boy the old ballot boxes are niece but getting results suck. Any info yet? Ed
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, May 19, 2018, 10:26 P
Wow
Hee hee :-)
 
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stash - Sat, May 19, 2018, 9:24 A
Wow
Wonder if the new Mascot logo will be a Thunder Mug. :-) :-)
 
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stash - Wed, Mar 21, 2018, 3:03 P
Question
It was in the minutes near the end. The 2/12 ones as I stated in the first words of my post. They could have corrected it. I haven't been back to it.
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Mar 21, 2018, 2:35 P
Question
Stash, where do you see a reference to Chief Morgan?

https://www.montague...electmen_Minutes.pdf
 
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stash - Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 11:16 P
Question
I just read the 2/12 exec. session minutes. Who is Chief Morgan? Should it be Dodge? Is it a legal document with the mistake? Just wondering.. Hope the weather on the Montague site is right. Only 1-3 inches of global warming. :-0 Stash
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Mar 8, 2018, 7:50 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
The independent investigator's report was dated Dec. 15, 2017.
 
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Rob - Thu, Mar 8, 2018, 9:35 A
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
from my understanding the long drawn out process was the independent review panel
 
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Clark - Thu, Mar 8, 2018, 12:16 A
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
Rob: I am very aware of which you commented on since I served as selectman in Montague for twenty years and retired from being in a human resources environment for over 30 years and I fully realize the confidential part of the particulars BUT that all being said , the taxpayers don't APPEAR to being well served by the LONG drawn out process , say nothing about the morale with in the department. Situations like this are always painful BUT the PEOPLE of Montague don't deserve this !
 
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Rob - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 9:28 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
contracts the town makes with positions like police chief can be involved. It is not employment at will like most people. The cost of firing him might have ended up costing more than the severance pay if he contested the firing. The newer thinking is that drug addiction is more of a disease that needs to be treated instead of punished. We elected our select board to represent us and to make hopefully the best informed decisions for us. I hope the board takes the time to explain why they made the decision they did.
 
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jmr - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 6:11 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...

 
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Clark - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 5:52 P
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
Very disappointing --- why not termination much sooner ?
 
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jmr - Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 1:09 A
Our Police Chief Got Caught Stealing Opiates...
as punishment they're letting him resign and giving him an extra year's salary. makes sense to me!

http://www.masslive....chief_charles_1.html
http://www.recorder....-violations-16026998
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 8:51 P
Holiday
Hey, ED, I answered your question about the trash schedule. Sorry you got all huffy this time around when I suggested you could find out the answer yourself. Hope you and the old dude survived the storm okay.
 
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newbie - Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 11:38 A
Holiday
Asking a question sure as heck isn't sticking your hand in my wallet. I suppose it is a case of WHO asks a question. ED
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 6:00 P
Holiday
Gee, sorry newbie -- I thought that _was_ helpful. I had you pegged as a "people should do for themselves and not always be expecting a handout from somebody else" type guy, so I figured you might appreciate knowing that there's a much easier way to get an answer to your question than posting on this corkboard. My apologies if I figured wrong. I have no idea whether town hall is open today.
 
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newbie - Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 5:16 P
Holiday
Nobody likes a smarta$$. Far from cute. Most folks on here are helpful, what happened to you?????????????????
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 1:10 P
Holiday
If only they had a telephone or something, so you could call them and find out . . . . :-)
 
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newbie - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 10:37 P
Holiday
Was the Montague Town shut down again today? My old Dude called me to have me run him over to pay his tax bill. I said we would wait til Wed. because they probably have another 2 day work week. Must be nice. Never knew that Christmas was a 2 day holiday. Oh well. ED
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 8:18 P
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
Thanks, Michael!
 
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elffle - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 9:14 A
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
High St and Crocker Ave still have garbage out as well.
 
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MichaelNelson - Mon, Jan 1, 2018, 9:01 P
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
Republic has given the town a less than satisfactory explanation for the lack of pickup last week on several streets. We have been told that they will do pickup for all the homes they missed tomorrow (tuesday 1/2) - although most people probably won't know this. The Selectboard is discussing this underperformace with Republic (I believe next monday).
Roads we know they missed and are supposedly doing tomorrow are:
Stevens St.
Charon St
Davis St.
Dunton St.
Bulkey St
Willmark
Linda Ln
George St
Keith St
Maple St
Grove St
Hillside Ave
Wrightson Ave
Madison Ave.
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Jan 1, 2018, 9:57 A
Holiday Garbage Pick-up
I think calling Republic Services is your best bet . . . .
 
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