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stash - Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 11:15 P
Polling Place Precinct
One stupid move. Imagine when there are classes. No $$ saved on staff. Hard enough as it was for the handicapped. So glad we did mail in. Looks like our only choice in the future. Maybe go 100% mail in? IMHO , Stash
 
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Rob - Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 8:51 P
Polling Place Precinct
Haven't seen any message from this site in a while. Going through the recycling bin tonight before taking to the curb and found out the polling place for precinct 2 moved. That would have been a major pain to find out in the morning
 
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angela - Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 2:26 P
Montague Public Libraries Closed Labor Day Weekend
The libraries will be closed on Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.
 
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angela - Tue, Aug 25, 2020, 11:43 A
Mindful Movement With Ms. Sue Video
Enjoy the last video of the summer in the Mindful Movement with Ms. Sue series!

Here's the link: https://youtu.be/C0r-M2Q8yLY

"Let's talk about all the different kinds of weather, along with the seasons!
We start today's themed class with the Rainbow breath...a cool wooden rainbow and mini-sayings that connect with each color about how we feel & who we are. Next we do some yoga poses that describe all the different types of weather we can experience. And todays story is about Being Present and how does the feel & look like? As, always we finish with a heart shape rock in What are you Grateful for today? Maybe today the weather conditions were your favorite and in your favorite season :) "
 
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stash - Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 7:17 P
Typical
Here we go again . 81 grand down the toilet. But this time it is OUR folks that dropped the ball. Pretty damn sickening. Seems every project goes down the same dirt road. Looks like it ain't over yet. Is the fat lady ever going to sing?? Again NO DAMN records. Think I'll say I have no record of my tax bill. Sorry you'll just have to eat it.
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 3:50 P
Typical
Stash, you may be right, but people screwing up years ago sounds as plausible as people screwing up today (meaning they both sound plausible). And if you check a map, but the map doesn't show stuff that it should be showing, how are you to know?
 
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stash - Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 10:17 A
Typical
All kidding aside, Do you really think they would admit they screwed up? They were supposed to redo the road by Deb B's place. TWO years ago. Still waiting for the new town barn OOOOOPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSS. Stay well.
 
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MikeNaughton - Sun, Aug 23, 2020, 8:42 P
Typical
Stash - did you see the 8/17 selectboard meeting? There was an explanation of how the Spinner Park situation came to be. From what they said, the town and the engineers did what they were supposed to do -- at least this time around. Can't speak for maps that don't show what they're supposed to show. . . .
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 3:56 P
Looking For Local Tool Sharpener
Thanks, Stash! They will follow up.
 
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stash - Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 11:16 P
Looking For Local Tool Sharpener
Have them call Hassey Savage in TF. Sirums may know as well. Orange saw may as well,Clark in Athol,There is a shop by Cumbies in Orange. Good luck and stay well.
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 8:03 P
Looking For Local Tool Sharpener
Posting for a friend who has been having trouble getting access to this site. They're looking for a local person who sharpens tools. You can reply to this site, or email me and I will pass it on. Thanks in advance!
 
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angela - Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 10:11 A
Puppet Show
No Strings Marionettes will offer a fairy tale - Handsome & Gretel! A video will be posted on this date, here and on the Summer Reading page of the website for the Montague Public Libraries: montaguepubliclibraries.org Here is the link and the password:

https://us02web.zoom...1S8WBGqsvZLlc-TfOR4N Password: UV^Q3&A+


A full show will be offered in the Fall or Winter!
 
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angela - Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 1:47 P
Mindful Movement With Ms. Sue Video
https://youtu.be/pJESjCt8LmU

"Today's theme is about our home, The Earth!! The story is about the Earth and how it is a part of all of us! We need to take care of her, treat her well and make sure we protect the place we all call home! We have fun with many yoga poses through out the story! Our Mini-Thoughts are about the clouds and the trees. I have a brand new heart shape rock big one & small one! What are you grateful for today? And as a special treat Tyson the rescue pup makes a bit of appearance in the beginning :) Enjoy and have a beautiful day!"
 
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angela - Mon, Aug 17, 2020, 11:23 A
Choose Your Own Adventure Take-and-make Craft Bags
While supplies last, come by the Carnegie Library, in Turners, today and Tuesday (August 17th and 18th) to pick up a children's craft bag! Thank you for taking ONE bag per child and for trying not to touch the other bags - have fun crafting!
 
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newbie - Sun, Aug 16, 2020, 11:43 A
Gotr Love
Yup, our congress is SO concerned about us they took thier vacations. Time to give them all a permanent vacation. Ed
 
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stash - Fri, Aug 14, 2020, 5:28 P
Bus $$$
I hope our school comm. saved the money they are not spending this year on not needing the buses . I think we should get a rebate on taxes as well . But like the rest of this town I'm sure it will be BLOWN , just to blow it. Pretty damn sad. I'm sure there is more saved with no sport buses needed as well. Time to cap the well...........
 
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stash - Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 11:34 P
Hat
Nope. Just like a good chuckle. :-)
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 8:14 P
Hat
Ho ho. So, you're a monarchist, Stash?
 
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stash - Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 5:31 P
Hat
Saw a cool hat over at the hospital, DON JR 2024..Gotta get one.
 
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newbie - Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 10:32 A
The Bomb
I hope that Pearl Harbor Day coverage is as great. Ed
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 2:26 P
Power Out Millers
Ours came back at 4 am, too. :-)
 
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stash - Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 1:23 P
Power Out Millers
Pole down by Highland Cem. so I was told by eversource at midnight. We got it back a bit after 4 this am. God bless our generator. :-).
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 8:39 P
Power Out Millers
8:10 pm
 
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Blessings - Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 1:21 P
Seek Borrow Blood-glucose Monitor
I wish to borrow or rent a blood-glucose monitor for 48 hours. Preferably the type that does not need a finger prick.

I realize the external-sensor types are less accurate. That is fine with me, though, because all I need to do is figure out whether certain foods are pushing my blood sugar lower or higher.

I will be happy to pay up to $10 to rent one of these! AND I will fully wipe down your equipment with 90% rubbing alcohol before I return it.

THANK YOU!
 
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stash - Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 12:32 P
Typical
Yup. Just like the repaving of the road by yhe Highland Cemetery. Was supposed to be done last year by one our fabulous contractors. Has there EVER been a job done right in this town??????????? Town exempt from DIG Safe????????? I bet there is a MAJOR screw up with the new town barn. Million under so lets spend it. |We bailed out the sewer dept. and they got the money owed by the mill. Where is MY money back?? Nope extra bucks BLOW IT.
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 8:35 P
Typical
Stash - I watched the meeting, and I see what you mean. I haven't followed the details of that project -- do you know who did the design work? Seems like that would have been an important element to include in the bid specs. . . .
 
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rileighc - Sun, Aug 2, 2020, 9:36 A
Experienced Gardener Here For The Summer
Hi, sorry I just saw your response. My name is Rileigh and I am also in Turners. I just graduated nursing school and looking for side jobs while I apply to hospitals. I would be willing to do watering for $16/hr. If that interests you, you can call me. 413-824-8203
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 8:20 P
Typical
Thanks, Stash - I will check it out.
 
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stash - Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 5:14 P
Typical
The spinner park debacle. Monday nite selectboard mtng.
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 11:48 P
Typical
Stash, sorry to sound ignorant, but what are you talking about?
 
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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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Stargazer - Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 7:49 P
Experienced Gardener Here For The Summer
Hi. Are you still looking for work? What town are you in? What are your rates for watering? I'm in Turners. What's your name? :)
 
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Stargazer - Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 7:47 P
Adult Size Swimming Noodle
Seeking adults sized swimming noodle. Stores no longer sell them. Anybody?
 
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stash - Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 5:16 P
Wow
Sure as he## hasn't gotten any better. When I do answer I use Millers Police, what is the nature of your emergency. Stopped about a third of the crap calls. I usually just hit block on my phone . Found out our lovely gov't does sell the do not call list. Nice of them.
 
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mik - Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 3:19 P
Wow
Found this article from a couple years back...

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Yes, It's Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD, MAY 6, 2018

It's not just you.

Those pesky robocalls — at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams — are getting worse.

In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children.

Though automated calls have long plagued consumers, the volume has skyrocketed in recent years, reaching an estimated 3.4 billion in April, according to YouMail, which collects and analyzes calls through its robocall blocking service. That's an increase of almost 900 million a month compared with a year ago.

Federal lawmakers have noticed the surge. Both the House and Senate held hearings on the issue within the last two weeks, and each chamber has either passed or introduced legislation aimed at curbing abuses. Federal regulators have also noticed, issuing new rules in November that give phone companies the authority to block certain robocalls.

Law enforcement authorities have noticed, too. Just the other week, the New York State attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, warned consumers about a scheme targeting people with Chinese last names, in which the caller purports to be from the Chinese Consulate and demands money. Since December, the New York Police Department said, 21 Chinese immigrants had lost a total of $2.5 million.

Despite these efforts, robocalls are a thorny problem to solve. Calls can travel through various carriers and a maze of networks, making it hard to pinpoint their origins, enabling the callers to evade rules. Regulators are working with the telecommunications industry to find ways to authenticate calls, which would help unmask the callers.

In the meantime, the deceptive measures have become more sophisticated. In one tactic, known as "neighborhood spoofing," robocallers use local numbers in the hope that recipients will be more likely to pick up.

It's a trick that Dr. Gary Pess, a hand surgeon in Eatontown, N.J., knows all too well. He receives so many calls that mimic his area code and the first three digits of his phone number that he no longer answers them. But having to sort robocalls from emergency calls has cost him precious minutes.

Dr. Pess recounted an incident in which he didn't recognize a number and figured it was a robocall. He later learned it was an emergency room doctor calling about a person who had severed a thumb that he wanted Dr. Pess to reattach. "It delayed the treatment of a patient," he said.

Consumer advocates say they worry the flood of calls could get even worse. A federal court ruling recently struck down a Barack Obama-era definition of an auto-dialer, leaving it to the Federal Communications Commission to come up with new guidance. Advocates fear that it will open up the field to even more robocallers, leaving consumers with little recourse.

Business groups, including the Consumer Bankers Association, counter that defining auto-dialers too broadly would hurt legitimate businesses trying to reach their customers.

Robocallers see the current F.C.C. leadership "as friendly to industry," said Margot Saunders, senior counsel at the National Consumer Law Center, "and they are anticipating F.C.C. rulings that will enable more calling and forgive past mistakes — or violations of the current law."

A spokesman for the F.C.C. said the commission would seek public comment on how auto-dialers should be defined, and then "take action based on the record it compiles."

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Rising Complaints

Complaints about telemarketers and scammers have steadily increased in recent years, with robocalls identified in the majority of cases.

Robocaller Live caller
2013 2.2m 1.5
2014 1.7 1.4
2015 2.1 1.4
2016 3.4 1.9
2017 4.5 2.6
By The New York Times | Source: Federal Trade Commission
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Automated calls are increasing because they are cheap and easy to make. Robocallers can easily dial millions of consumers daily, experts say, at little cost.

That's essentially what one accused robocaller recently told legislators at a Senate hearing: Adrian Abramovich, a Miami man who regulators say made nearly 100 million "spoofed" robocalls, was peddling vacation packages that were advertised as coming from well-known companies like Marriott. But when consumers pressed to hear more, they were transferred to foreign call centers often trying to sell time shares, according to the F.C.C., which is seeking a $120 million fine. Mr. Abramovich has denied the charges and asked the regulator to reduce the penalty.

The calls are increasing despite stepped-up enforcement and other efforts to stamp them out, which some have likened to a game of Whac-a-Mole; robocallers find new phone numbers to hide behind once their numbers are ignored or blocked.

The federal Do Not Call List, which is supposed to help consumers avoid robocalls, instead resembles a tennis net trying to stop a flood. The list may prevent some (but not all) legitimate companies from calling people on the list, but it does little to deter fraudsters and marketers, some of them overseas, who are willing to take their chances and flout the law.

Complaints to federal regulators are also increasing sharply. The Federal Trade Commission, which oversees the Do Not Call Registry, said there were 4.5 million complaints about robocalls in 2017, more than double the 2.18 million complaints logged in 2013.

"Everywhere I go, it is what people talk about," said Denise Grimsley, a Republican member of the Florida Senate, who said a woman named Elizabeth leaves her prerecorded messages several times daily selling a vacation package.

"But it's not just annoying," she added. "They are coming after your personal information."

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How Robocallers Try to Defraud You
Estimated volumes of top phone scams in March 2018.

Category Type Volume
Interest rates "0% interest rates" 122.9m
Credit cards "Problem with your credit card" 82.5m
Student loans "Forgive/lower student debt" 71.0m
Business loans "Preapproved for business loan" 53.4m
I.R.S. "Owe money to the I.R.S." 43.4m
Search listings "Listing has a problem" 31.0m
Travel "Free/discount trip" 27.0m
Preapproved loans "Ready to wire – just need info" 26.2m
Home security "Free service/installation" 26.1m
Utilities "Save money – need your info" 19.2m
Source: YouMail
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Florida passed a bill in March giving phone companies the authority to block certain robocalls.

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00962

Other efforts are underway. The Federal Trade Commission has held contests to encourage app developers to create innovative ways to block calls. And some phone companies offer blocking services, though "many people don't have access to free, effective robo-blocking tools," said Maureen Mahoney, a policy analyst at Consumers Union.

With some exceptions — like calls from schools on snow days — auto-dialed calls to mobile phones are typically illegal, unless a person has given prior consent. Advocates say courts have generally interpreted the law to say that when a consumer revokes that consent, the calls must stop — though they often don't.

The same rules apply to creditors seeking to collect debts, which lawyers and advocates say can be some of the most ruthless dialers.

There are fewer restrictions on landlines, unless you're on the Do Not Call list, but prerecorded telemarketing calls are always illegal without written consent, advocates say, and debt collectors must stop calling after consumers send a written request.

James Hunter, a Florida resident who is paralyzed below the waist and can no longer work, had his federal student loans forgiven. But Navient, the giant company that services and collects student debt, made more than 2,500 automated calls to him about his private loans over a period of about two years, sometimes calling nine times a day, according to Mr. Hunter's lawyer, who filed a suit on his behalf claiming Navient acted illegally.

Navient did not immediately comment.

For now, consumers must do their best to find ways to control the wave of calls. Brett Hein, a sports editor at a newspaper in Ogden, Utah, said that for him it was a losing battle. His mobile phone has been inundated with calls in recent weeks, rousting him from bed and twice interrupting him while he was volunteering in his son's kindergarten class.

"It's disconcerting to have your phone go off all the time," Mr. Hein said from a landline in his office, when his mobile phone began to ring.

It was another robocall. The fifth one that day.

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A version of this article appears in print on May 6, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Yes, Those Calls You're Ignoring Are Increasing.

ALSO READ: "Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here's How to Stop Them" https://www.nytimes..../stop-robocalls.html
 
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fronckus - Sun, Jul 19, 2020, 9:01 A
Singer Sewing Machine
Early 1900s with case table top asking $350 please call after 5pm 4133257541.
 
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stash - Thu, Jul 16, 2020, 8:51 A
Cell
Senior moment, AGAIN. Price is just a thank you. :-) Stay well
 
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stash - Wed, Jul 15, 2020, 9:48 P
Cell
I got upgraded by Tracfone to a new phone. My Motorola e5 is avail. It is locked to Tracfone ( Verizon network ). PM only
 
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EmilyM - Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 3:59 P
Free 2-drawer Metal Filing Cabinet Great Shape!
Take it away. I know we don't keep many papers anymore but surely someone must need to store some items away?
 
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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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requin - Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 8:04 P
Gutter Cleaner Needed
Montague, 1-3 high 2-story bldgs. Gutters on front and back. Insured and not too expensive would be great. Can anyone recommend anyone?? thanks
 
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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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JTHK - Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 6:38 P
Wild Berries?
Definitely a good point. That said, perhaps some private message can happen with a few locals. :)
 
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Blessings - Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 6:18 P
Wild Berries?
Ed, that is a good point. I don't think of montaguema.net as "the internet" anymore. Most traffic has moved to Facebook, networks like NextDoor and montague-mutual-aid; etc. Usually I post in "Buy Sell & Jobs" or "Real Estate", and have the sense few others see (or read) the posts. When I wrote this one, I was envisioning those "Reply" emails coming straight back to me via email. I wasn't even remembering that responses would show up on this page!

Thanks.
 
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newbie - Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 10:28 A
Wild Berries?
Not being a smart butt,But who in thier right mind would post the location of berry spots on the internet? How many berries would be left? Most are found in the woods.. :-) Ed
 
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Blessings - Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 8:21 P
Wild Berries?
WHERE TO PICK WILD BERRIES?
Seeking help to find places where one person can considerately pick some raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and/or wild grapes -- when each of these appears this summer (& fall?). Either publicly accessible trails, etc., or if you have more on your own land than you need, I will be grateful!

I definitely want to do NO harm to land or vegetation anywhere.

I feel that berry craving, and the nutritional need for them. But it's not good for the budget to buy organic berries at current prices. And I'm trying hard to reduce my consumption of plastic packaging, which is sometimes part of the picture!

Thank you so much for any leads or invites!

I hope everyone is feeling safe and well. <3
 
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Blessings - Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 8:17 P
Need Reliable Carpenter
Hi, Everyone~
I hope you each are well, and feeling well, too.

I am seeking recommendations and contact info for anyone you would trust to do good carpentry -- a small job repairing or replacing a couple of porch stairs in Greenfield, which needs to be done ASAP; and after that, several small and larger jobs in Greenfield and in the Montague Center area that could happen anytime this summer or fall.

Need someone reliable! Affordability will help too, but I will be grateful to speak with anyone that someone on this list recommends.

Thanks so much for any leads!
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 9:09 P
Changes
A quick check of Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia...Falls,_Massachusetts) suggests that there is no obvious problem with Millers Falls. They agree that the original name was Grout's Corner, but somehow to me that seems like something you do when you make over a bathroom. . . . :-)
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 8:28 P
Changes
Yeah -- I wonder: where did Rodney's Corner come from? I never heard that one before.
 
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stash - Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 7:32 P
Changes
Not on my end , BUT Rodney's Corner as suggested. I just stated the true name. Even Rand McNaly agrees.
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 9:19 P
Changes
Is there a problem with still calling here Millers Falls?
 
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stash - Thu, Jun 25, 2020, 8:57 P
Changes
I see in the Reporter that folks want to change the town name. The Falls works for me. Grouts Corner for Millers Falls ( the real name by the way ) the rest shouldn't put any panties in a knot.
 
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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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angela - Mon, Jun 22, 2020, 1:09 P
Summer Reading Kick-off Event Registration Open Fantastic Frogs
Zoom into the world of Fascinating Frogs - Get your questions ready and join Rainforest Reptile Shows for a virtual educational presentation about frogs from around the world.

Registration opens today! Please call 413-863-3214 or email arovatti-leonard@cwmars.org to register. The link and a password will be emailed to you. So whether you call or email, we will need your email address. We have room for 99 participants.
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 3:20 P
Reporter
I did get mine today.
 
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stash - Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 10:51 A
Reporter
Any one else NOT get the paper?????
 
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newbie - Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 11:59 A
Wow
Hi. Not my Dad, an old friend. He also has nomorobo on his phone. That is also a joke. His home phone announces the caller so that helps. His cell is only on when they are out and about. Only gets them on that once or twice a month. Ed
 
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mik - Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 3:40 P
Wow
Newbie, I agree with you on the spam calls. I still can't believe the carriers allow the calls through, since (a) it takes up their valuable resources, and (b) we don't want the calls!

The federal Do Not Call is a voluntary list, and some spammers actually grab the list and use it to make calls! So, it's not a resource anyone really uses anymore. It was built for legit businesses to purge their own call lists.

I have Verizon for my cell phone (not sure if your dad is on a cell or not), and they've introduced a new system where you get the name of the people calling, if they're legit or the number is real and actually registered with them, and "POTENTIAL SPAM" if not.

There are also apps you can install, like Mr. Number and RoboKiller, which I use. When a call comes in from a known spammer number, it blocks the call and you never hear it ring.

They'll get it right one of these days... either the carriers (Verizon, AT&T, etc), or the phone makers / software vendors.
 
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newbie - Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 12:18 P
Wow
I was at my old Dudes this morning and he got 5 crap calls. The new law on crap calls is the biggest joke since Trump. How can you report a number that doesn't excist (sp)? Wonder how many political hacks got jobs on do not call. ED
 
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taradigio - Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 12:05 P
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 9:05 A
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Most full-time town employees are represented by unions (and most of the rest have contracts that mirror union agreements), and those contracts provide for annual raises. Those raises do account for most of the police budget increase. You can see all the details here: https://montague-ma....Y21_Budget_File.xlsx (look for the "211 Police" tab. You can also find the details on all the other budgets, along with a lot of other information (this is the main file used by the finance committee in its budget deliberations). This file is found on the town's web site here: https://montague-ma.gov/p/374/, along with a bunch of other useful files.

IMHO, simple budget reductions (or increases) are a heavy-handed way of changing how departments operate. Ideally, they would come at the end of a process, not the beginning. In this case, I think it's clear that a lot of town meeting members would like to see changes in how policing is done in Montague; however, it was a close vote, so it wasn't an overwhelming mandate for change.

Instead, I see it as a mandate (opportunity) for town leaders and community members to begin substantive conversations about policing in Montague could or should be different. The success (or not) of that effort will depend (as so many efforts do) on who is willing to step up and be part of that process.
 
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Rob - Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 10:10 P
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I had hoped when I asked the police chief for the reason for the request for increased funding that he would have given a more robust answer. Saying "contractual obligations" must not have been compelling for most 38-35. I expect the chief to be back at next special town meeting asking for his more money for his budget but with more detail. But I guess the town of Montague sent a "message" with the budget amendment but I don't know to whom they were addressing it to.
 
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Blessings - Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 8:44 P
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Mike Naughton, I think your overall question to our police dept. about how they view, and intend to respond, to the questions and proposed changes being raised nationally, is important to ask -- although I hold that the "answers" are not known yet, and will come from public forums as well as smaller conversations among community members and police.

The way you pose the question is respectful. I wish I had realized any of this was being discussed on montaguema.net, prior to Town Meeting. A clear presentation of the components of P.D. budget was not requested as part of the discussion, and I wish it had been. I see no evidence that we have any "extra" or "fat" in our budget. Montague could hardly be more different from L.A. or Minneapolis, in terms of these issues. I do think public conversations need to be deep and honest regarding problems that do exist, or any incidents that have occurred, that are sub-par and need improvement.

Restructuring the responsibilities of public-safety officers, AS WELL AS teachers and school staff, so that social services resources can handle counseling, conflict resolution, domestic abuse, and addiction interventions -- taking the lion's share of this work off the backs of police and schools -- would be a dream come true for so many of us!

The money to provide these alternatives, at a robust enough level, is not something we can raise from taxes locally. I believe we need a Federal government that taxes income at the rates of the Eisenhower years, and returns the lion's share to communities for infrastructure and human needs. A graduated income tax at the state level would help, as well.

You were missed at Town Meeting, Mike, and I hope you and your family are all safe and well.
~Ariel
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 4:44 P
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Also Toshiba DVD Video Player SD-K730. Works well with the TV.

I live in Millers Falls -- if you want one or both of these, contact me to arrange contactless pickup. TV is a little heavy, so you might want to bring a friend.
 
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Rob - Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 11:28 A
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 6:19 P
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Two comments, now that I've used it a little:

* the "Message" box for creating new posts is very small -- 3 5/8" wide by 3/4" high on my monitor. Makes it impossible to see a post that's more than a few words, which makes proof-reading and editing cumbersome. Can it be made bigger?

* The "Submit Post" button is way down at the bottom. If you're replying to a long message, you have to scroll down to find it. Could it be located nearer the top?

Thanks,
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 11:58 A
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One wayis that on Article 6, the omnibus general budget article, someone could raise a question about the police budget, asking something along the lines of, "How will this money be used to address the issues raised by recent demonstrations in Montague and around the country?" I would suggest giving Chief Williams and the selectboard and town administrator a heads up beforehand (say, by emailing them this week) that the question will be asked, so they have a chance to prepare. My idea is that it's best not to blind-side them -- give them as good a chance as possible to answer the question, and then see what they say.

I would do this myself, but, after a lot of thought, I've decided not to attend the meeting. Long story short, I'm in a high-risk category, as are members of my family, and that comes first. It wasn't an easy decision -- I think this will be the first annual meeting that I've missed in 20 years -- but it seems like the right one. So I'm hoping that someone who does go will decide to do this.
 
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MCLP - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 10:25 A
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I also would like to hear from the police department. What steps could we take prior to Saturday to make that happen?
 
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Sarah - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 10:07 A
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Thanks for raising this Mike. I agree. I'd like to hear the police department respond to the national movement for police accountability and restructuring that best supports community health and safety.
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 8:57 A
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18 articles in an hour is a little over three minutes per article. It would take longer than that just to read some of them.

Your questions about the town hall annex are good ones. I'm hoping someone will ask some questions about how the police budget is spent. I think it would be a good opportunity for the chief and/or the police commissioners (aka selectboard) to publicly acknowledge that they understand the concerns of the recent protesters and to explain how the department and the town are addressing them.
 
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Rob - Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 9:39 P
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my first question would be if Deerfield can handle 26 warrant questions in an hour, can we do it too?
Actually article 17, do we really want to allow the town hall annex to be sold? I can understand leasing but selling? How would this affect parking?
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 9:13 P
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Are any of you town meeting members? Are you planning to ask questions on Saturday?
 
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stash - Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 8:37 P
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Somebody WOKE up......................
 
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stash - Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 8:34 P
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Who the heck is running the show at MCTV? Shut down the selectboard and go to the stupid skate park video. Time to bring back GCTV??????????????
 
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Nico - Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 11:54 A
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End White Silence Rally at Montague Common Monday at 4 PM.

We will be lining up along both sides of Main Street for an hour or so - at good physical distance from each other.

Bring a sign or come as early as 3 and there will be sign-making materials available.

If you're wondering "why Montague" -- here is a piece by "Standing Up for Racial Justice" outlining the usefulness of small/village-level/non-Black public support and organizing. https://medium.com/@...iolence-2bb907ba5277
 
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stash - Fri, May 29, 2020, 5:37 P
Logging Near Water Dept
What is going on there. Looks like there may be something getting built as well. Stash
 
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angela - Fri, May 29, 2020, 1:23 P
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How it works - The details here are tentative and could change at any time. We will keep you posted.

STEP 1: Place items on hold
Please limit holds requests to 10 items per household.


Choose ONE of the following methods:
Log-in to your library account on C/WMARS and request items yourself.
Call the library
Email through the website
Mail your holds list
Carnegie Library - 863-3214
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Sat. 10:30-4:00 and Sun. 10:00-4:00.
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Send an email through our website: montaguepubliclibraries.org/contact

Pick-Up Hours:
Mon.-Wed. 10:00-7:30
Thurs. & Fri. 10:00-4:30
Sat. 10:30-4:00 and Sun. 10:00-4:00.

Montague Center Library - 367-2852
Staff will be available by phone Mon. and Wed. 2:00-7:00.
17 Center St. 01351
Send an email through our website: montaguepubliclibraries.org/contact

Millers Falls Library - 659-3801
Staff will be available by phone Tues. and Thurs. 2:00-7:00.
23 Bridge St. 01349
Send an email through our website: montaguepubliclibraries.org/contact

Please limit holds requests to 10 items per household.

STEP 2: Wait for confirmation that your items are ready for pick-up
You will be notified via email or phone when your hold is ready.

Wait times for holds placed for items owned by other libraries are currently longer than usual. We strongly suggest that you limit holds to items that are currently in our buildings to reduce wait times while the delivery service is unavailable.

STEP 3: Schedule your curbside pick-up appointment

Before you can pick up items that you’ve been notified are ready, you need to schedule a specific time slot. Call the library (phone numbers for each branch listed above) to schedule your pickup time.
This is required to pick up your items. No items will be available for pickup without a scheduled appointment.

Due to limited staffing, holds may not be available until the next day the library is open.

STEP 4: Pick up your items

After confirming your time slot, arrive at your pickup location sometime within that period, and you will find your items outside the library, checked out and ready to be picked up.
Holds will be left in labeled paper bags by the staff door, behind the library.

Please put any returns either in our book drops or the bins provided where you pick-up holds.

Returns will be quarantined for 3 days before being checked in. This means that items will remain on your account until we check them in. Due dates have been extended and in most cases fines will be waived.

Please do not attempt to enter buildings or approach staff to receive your items.

Since delivery service to and from other libraries is currently not available we ask that you only return items that are owned by the Montague Public Libraries.
 
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Nico - Thu, May 21, 2020, 12:46 P
Upgrading The Website
Nice to see the changes! One thing missing that (I think) we all use a lot -- the recycling link!
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, May 19, 2020, 8:39 P
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I like the new look, too. Nice job, Mik!
 
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mik - Tue, May 19, 2020, 11:03 A
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Thanks, Stash! The link has been put into the blue box on the side. We'll continue working on the upgrades on and off for the next several weeks. Wish we had started the upgrades last summer so we'd've been done in time for the 20th anniversary of MontagueMA last October, and fully upgraded by February of this year... just in time for the COVID lock-down. Ah well. The future is still open. 25th anniversary in October 2024!
 
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stash - Mon, May 18, 2020, 7:36 P
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Paper or plastic recycle info is where on the new site. Like it so far. Lot easier for my old peepers. Thanks, Stash
 
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mik - Mon, May 18, 2020, 3:13 P
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Work has begun!
 
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mik - Wed, May 13, 2020, 3:15 P
Upgrading The Website
Hey folks, just to let you know, we're finally beginning to do some visual upgrades on the website code (which also runs leverettma.net, shutesburyma.net, greenfieldma.net etc) and will also be upgrading some of the functionality, such as commenting on posts instead of creating new, linked posts as a reply. we'll also be simplifying how rights and roles work in the back-end (for any admins out there reading this) and generally making it more dynamic and mobile friendly. Why let Facebook have all the fun?

So, if you see any weird layout issues or get an error while posting, please accept our apologies in advance, and thank you for your patience.

Mik
 
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kevinsnn - Sun, May 10, 2020, 10:54 A
Problems With Greenfield Recorder Delivery
my newspaper was in driveway when I went out but not when I came home. Found it across street and down road with the wind yesterday.
 
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Experienced Gardener Here For The Summer
5 years of experience gardening on Martha's Vineyard's most beautiful flower gardens. I am trained to have a sharp eye, which enables me to keep flower gardens pristine, if that is your desired look. However, I love to see the flower gardens fill up, giving it a more natural, wild look and would love to assist you in achieving that look if that is more what you are looking for. Furthermore, I also have experience in vegetable and herb gardens. Any other landscaping maintenance such as planting, mulching, fertilizing, deadheading, watering, and any other gardening requests are all things I am willing to help with.
Weather you need help for a day or for the full summer, contact me and we can discuss your gardening needs, scheduling, pricing, and any other concerns.

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MikeNaughton - Sat, May 2, 2020, 5:19 P
Problems With Greenfield Recorder Delivery
Hello Stash - yup, that's the person. I guess swiping is a possibility -- maybe I'll have to look into setting up a camera or something. Other than that, we're doing okay -- hope you are, too.
 
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stash - Sat, May 2, 2020, 11:42 A
Problems With Greenfield Recorder Delivery
Morning Mr. N. Is your paper person the girl from Turners? If so we haven't missed any lately. Someone swiping it? Stay well, Stash
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, May 2, 2020, 10:19 A
Problems With Greenfield Recorder Delivery
Has anyone else in the Millers Falls area been having problems with their Greenfield Recorder delivery? We've had the same carrier for years, and they've been very reliable, but lately I've missed at least one paper a week. I've got a name and address for the carrier, but no phone number. If it happens during the week, I can get the paper delivered the next day, which is okay but not great, but today the office is closed.
 
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fronckus - Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 8:08 A
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I lost an envelope to community health center in between the bookmill and post office. Please mail it directly or call me at 4133257541 thanks.
 
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