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mik - Tue, Jan 18, 2022, 12:28 P
Mike Langknecht
Rest in peace, Mike. You will be sorely missed.
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jan 18, 2022 7:04 P
Wow. What a shock. Yes, he will be missed.
JanetMasucci - Tue, Jan 18, 2022 3:04 P
sorry to hear this :-(
mik - Thu, Aug 5, 2021, 8:25 A
Rest Peace, John Aubry
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Montague Center resident, and our local mayor, John Aubry. When I lived there he was always around on his bicycle keeping me and others up to date on what was going on in the village, though you never heard it from him. If the basement light was on at the Grange, he would bike over and let me know. If a fire truck went by, he would dismount and salute. He was kind and gentle, a real patriot, and will be missed. I’m glad I knew you, John.
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patrick - Fri, Aug 6, 2021 8:00 A
Thanks for sharing the sad news. I will miss seeing him around town.
newbie - Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 8:04 P
Store Closed?
Any info on what is up with the Family Dollar Store in Turners ? Is it closed for renovations or shutdown? Thanks, ED
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PLipke - Fri, Jan 1, 2021, 3:01 P
Offering Free Canon Laser Printer Toner Cartridges, 045
2 black, 1 yellow and a cyan *unopened* high yield after-market toner cartridges for Canon Imageclass lbp634 or 632 laser printer, cartridge 045 HY. Turned out to not be compatible with my lbp612cdw. Please take 'em all.
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 9:48 P
Police Community Engagement Survey
The Police Community Engagement advisory committee has posted a survey here:
that they're hoping will be filled out by anyone who has had interactions with Montague police. You don't have to be a Montague resident, and they're interested in everyone's experience: good, bad, or indifferent.
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newbie - Thu, Sep 3, 2020, 6:02 P
Spinner Park
Was down checking on my Old Dude and Dudette and we were yakking about the reason for the change needed. Last time I was by it I didn't see any major problems. Why???????? ED
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Hermionejh - Tue, Mar 17, 2020, 2:46 P
Support Local Eateries!
Every Montague restaurant/cafe/food establishment needs our support to keep running if we want these businesses to stay afloat (during the pandemic and after). Please keep ordering out from them when you can - and don't forget to tip.
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newbie - Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 9:29 P
Info Request
I had the old Dude call the DPW. Got his info direct from the horses mouth, so to speak. Ed
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newbie - Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 1:50 P
Info Request
Hi. My old Dude just got a scanner for his B-day and we can find most of the frequencies on line. Need the Montague DPW info if any of you folks have it. Thanks.. Ed
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Nov 1, 2019, 9:33 P
Millers The Move
Catch the first installment of "Millers On The Move", a column produced by the Millers Falls Community Improvement Association, in this week's Montague Reporter. Our plan is to report on changes underway in our village, so that people can be informed and village residents can participate as they see fit. Feel free to give us feedback -- our Facebook page and email address are listed in the article. Enjoy!
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patrick - Thu, Jun 27, 2019, 6:57 P
Millers Falls Survey
Thanks Mike, on it
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jun 27, 2019, 6:38 P
Millers Falls Survey
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jun 27, 2019, 1:09 P
Millers Falls Survey
The Montague Planning Department and RiverCulture are beginning to "explore opportunities to improve Millers Falls", and to that end they have put together a survey that they're encouraging village residents and business owners to fill out. The survey can be found online at, and paper copies are available at the laundromat, the Whistle Stop Café, and the Millers Pub.

The deadline is next Tuesday, July 2, and they are hoping to get as many responses as possible so they can get an idea of what sorts of changes or improvements villagers would like to see. The next step, as I understand it, will be to identify specific projects and then look for funding sources. They are planning to hold a public meeting/forum later in July to go over the results of the survey and to plan next steps.

If you have questions, or would like more information, you can contact Walter Ramsey at the Montague Planning Department or Suzanne LoManto at RiverCulture (which is now part of the Planning Department):
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fronckus - Wed, May 8, 2019, 11:43 A
Town Garage
I saw they are working on the new town garage on turnpike road when did they start doing it?
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mik - Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 12:03 P
Celebration Don Clegg’s Life
Wow! How did I miss this? Don Clegg passed away?!? No!!!

I met Don the day he walked through the doors of MCTV back in the summer of 2006. He was looking for things to do in town, and soon became the stations premier Super Producer, creating all kinds of content to air and bringing in more producers to do the same.

That same summer Don also got involved in the Franklin Area Survival Center, and then the Montague Reporter in March of 2007. In fact, if you do a search for his name at the Reporter's new online archive, his name appears 444 times:

He was also involved in the website, having joined in January of 2007. He posted 362 messages on the corkboard and several thousand calendar events, having taken on the role as Calendar Master for years (even being paid to do that for a year).


This post from April of 2007 shows what he was all about...


Don was a smart, funny, hyper-involved individual in Turners Falls, and he and I had many long conversations about town politics, tv production, community spirit, and life in general.

Thank you, Don Clegg, for everything you did for Montague, and for your friendship. You will be missed.
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Dawn - Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 7:16 P
Celebration Don Clegg’s Life
On Sunday, January 27 1-3 pm at the Great Falls Discovery Center 2 Avenue A;
the community is invited and welcome to join The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and Montague Reporter staff in recognition and celebration of Don Clegg's life.

Don Clegg suddenly passed away after a short illness on November 16, 2018. He had many important and valued roles in the Turners Falls community.

All Welcome.
Bring photos and stories to share. Refreshments available. Wheelchair accessible.
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Sep 17, 2018, 9:43 A
Recycling Error?
The "Recycling Schedule" link on this site now shows "Paper", which agrees with the calendar link on Montague's DPW page: https://www.montague...dar_for_Montague.pdf
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stash - Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 8:50 P
Recycling Error?
Just looked and the week of the 17th says paper. If you READ it, it says plastic for week of the 10th. LOOK at the bottom of the page. With me if it is going to rain on tues/wed it is paper.. :-) Stash
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jhanold - Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 8:34 P
Recycling Error?
My pattern-of-tubs-storage tells me it's plastic/cans/bottles. I say go with that.
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stanhabib - Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 8:26 P
Recycling Error?
The recycling on the shows Plastic for week of Sept 17. According to town calendar it is paper.
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newbie - Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 6:21 P
Good Lord, What is in your water? Just talked to my Old Dude and he said that 22 news said that your substitute chief was ARRESTED?????????? Have a safe and Happy FOURTH.. Ed
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stanhabib - Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 5:21 P
Boston Globe Article Pioneer Valley
Hello all,

You may have seen the Sunday Boston Globe Magazine article on the Pioneer Valley but if not you can view it here. The article , of course , has left out a lot of good info: Alvah Stone, Blue Heron, Discovery Center, and Turners Falls in general.


Stan Habib
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Maureclaire - Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 5:20 P
Need Lots Old Newspapers
In need of lots of old newspapers to wrap breakables... moving...
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MikeNaughton - Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 2:52 P
Millers Falls Community Improvement Association Presents
The Millers Falls Community Improvement Association (MFCIA) presents:

FREE beading, origami & Valentine making activities for all ages

Millers Falls Library
Thursday February 8th

Refreshments will be served.

• Older kids and adults learn how to make a beaded heart keychain or bracelet, one FREE per person.
• Younger kids can make a heart pin with by gluing beads and rhinestones on a heart, one FREE per person.
• Learn how to make origami heats.
• Make paper Valentines.

Any questions, Email - millersfalls.improvementATgmailDOTcom
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newbie - Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 9:43 A
Thanks . I'll just stay home and head back late on Monday. If he ends up needing some cash I can hit my ATM . He hates electronic stuff so he still does checks and snail mail for his bills. Thanks again. ED
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Rob - Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 11:29 P
their website does not mention it but since tomorrow is the actual Veteran's Day I doubt they are open. I recommend calling first because I could be wrong. Most major banks and the post office will be closed Saturday.
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newbie - Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 9:01 P
Does anyone know if Greenfield Savings is open tomorrow. I have to take my old Dude to do some banking. I got back in the area later than usual so we couldn't go today. Thanks, ED
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halfshaved - Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 6:23 P
Old Time Music
Looking for fiddlers that are interesting in jamming with others at a moderate tempo..This is strictly an old time session. Tune list available.
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MattAtwood - Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 6:47 P
Sat Soccer 10:30am
Free and fun game of pick-up soccer for adults, Saturday, 10:30am, Highland Park, Lyman Street, Millers Falls.
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MattAtwood - Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 10:07 A
Mind-reading Mentalist Northfield, Tuesday, 6:30pm
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-8:00pm. Preston Heller, The Mentalist: telepathy, thought implantation, clairvoyance, extra sensory perception, predictions. He will read your mind! Recommended for age 12+. Free at the Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St., Northfield, Mass. (413) 498-2455
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mik - Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 1:02 P
Rest Peace, Sirum
I'm not sure if any of you knew Ed Sirum. He was the General Manager of Sirum Equipment, and the Treasurer of the Millers Falls Rod & Gun Club near Roberto's Pizza on Turners Falls Road, where Mutton & Mead is held each year.

Ed passed away last Monday, March 6th, 2017.

Ed was a good man, a good friend, and I will miss him a lot.

Viewing hours and services are tomorrow morning, Monday, at Kostanski in Turners.

Rest in peace, Ed.
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newbie - Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 11:05 A
Rrs Bldg
Thanks . I couldn't tell. Betting it is the big bldg., as they wouldn't need the high hose on the Annex. Also I don't think there are any windows in the Annex.. Thanks Again,, Ed
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Rob - Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 10:40 A
Rrs Bldg
I don't know which building is which, maybe you can tell by the video
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newbie - Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 9:46 A
Rrs Bldg
Morning and Happy New Year. Was yapping with my old dude earlier and he heard on the news that the RRS bldg. was on fire. Any one know which one?? Thanks, Ed
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newbie - Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 11:27 A
Alert Phone Calls
Morning from D.C. It asked for his 10 digit phone number which means 413-863-xxxx. That's what I put in. I tried quite a few times so it wasn't a one time shot. What I can't figure out is his cell went through. Maybe they don't like his number.. :-) Ed
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clegg - Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 8:55 A
Alert Phone Calls
Maybe is is something like 1-413- then your 7 digits
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newbie - Fri, Sep 2, 2016, 7:43 P
Alert Phone Calls
Home for the looooooong weekend. I'm at my old dudes place and trying to get his phone added to the code red site. What a JOKE, it says we are putting a 1 or o for the first number . How in God's name is a 4 either of those numbers. Then his address isn't right either. Like I said what a joke. Didn't realize just how dry it is here. Hope the storm gives this area a bunch of rain. Happy week end all... ED.
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Blessings - Sun, Jul 3, 2016, 4:11 P
What Time Tonight Will They Light Bonfire?
Now I know it's Sunday night. Curious what time they set it afire, since I've never seen that.

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mik - Wed, Feb 24, 2016, 7:20 A
Two young people died on Rt 63 Monday night. I haven't been to the crash site, but I'm pretty sure I know where it happened. There's a shallow s-curve where crashes happen frequently. I saw one happen right in front of me a while back. It typically happens to south-bound vehicles, right into a light pole on the east side of the road.

Maybe now someone will look into it and either put up a bunch of DANGEROUS CURVE signs, or cut the trees down, or even straighten out the curve.

What a tragedy.

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stanhabib - Sun, Jan 17, 2016, 4:50 P
Boston Globe Aricle About Book Mill
Assume many of you have seen the article about the Montague Book Mill in today (Sunday, Jan 17 ) Boston Globe. Here is a link:


Stanley Habib ( have home nearby )
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Rob - Thu, Nov 12, 2015, 7:22 A
Recycling And Garbage
transfer station was closed yesterday but trash and recycling pickup did happen so regular schedule for this week.
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Maureclaire - Wed, Nov 11, 2015, 11:37 P
Recycling And Garbage
Does Veterans Day push recycling and garbage collection ahead a day ?
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Mark1 - Tue, Nov 10, 2015, 8:43 A
Poop Water
I'd like to know why the residents in the MC water district are drinking treated pond water from the side of the road when TF district members get nice clean water from the aquifer?

If we are already hooked up to the TF system why can't we just disband the MC district and join them? They have more staff, better equipment and a far more reliable water source.

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MikeNaughton - Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 7:49 P
Poop Water
".... my hunch? -- because they are the most frequent user of the CODE RED system ..."

Yes, Chief Dodge has been sending out messages on the Code Red system since last Thursday; first to alert MC water users to the situation, then to assure the rest of us that we weren't affected -- and to tell those who don't know that the PD can't help them :-) -- and finally (on Saturday) to confirm that the e coli was gone and the water was safe again.

In at least one of the messages, he stressed that he was just passing along an announcement that the MC Water District had asked him to make, and that he and the dispatchers had no additional information.

I second John H's recommendation that if you want to know more, you should contact the MC Water District
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jhanold - Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 12:08 P
Poop Water
Chief Dodge and the Police got involved -- my hunch? -- because they are the most frequent user of the CODE RED system, and because it was their dispatchers who were tied up by phone calls that dealt with Water issues. Here are some more hunches:
The E. coli issue arose in water coming from the Montague Center Fire/Water District, so it does not affect the Turners Falls Fire/Water District. (Neither District is part of Town government, a bit of charming Montague/New England history.) Also, being a Water issue, it is not the Town that flushes the hydrants, but rather the Water District. The one town-level type of oversight is probably by the Board of Health (and my understanding from the last CODE RED call is that the state Dept of Environmental Protection has now approved normal use, so the Town's BOH is probably on-board as well). I suspect the Water District is accountable to the state DEP, and that they are the ones who imposed and later lifted the BOIL order.
Bottom line, send questions directly to the MC Water/Fire District to get answers on cause, effect, corrective action, future plans, etc.
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KenHolmberg - Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 6:48 A
Poop Water
We received the call from Chief Dodge that the water no longer needed to be boiled.

I haven't seen any announcement from the Board of Health lifting the order.

Strangely, our water now has a yellowish tint as if it has been treated with a chemical.

Have any other residents noticed this change? I am wondering if we should let the water run for a short while or if the town needs to flush the hydrants to clear out any residual ecoili. Any thoughts??
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Blessings - Sun, Nov 8, 2015, 11:08 P
Poop Water
Yes, the Police Dept. Facebook page posted yesterday (Saturday) morning that the "boil water" order had been lifted:


"PLEASE Do not call the Police Department.

"Gary Dion from the Montague Center Water Dept has asked me to send out the message that the Boil Water Order is no longer in effect. You can go back to normal by drinking the water, etc.

"I will have more information soon.

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Nico - Sat, Nov 7, 2015, 8:02 P
Video Halloween Montague Common Hall
Hey all! --

Many people took pictures, and a few took video, of the music at the Common Hall on Halloween. We'd love to have a copy of the video or pictures.

If you took pictures or have any tips on who might have, please let me know -- we'd really appreciate it!

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Mark1 - Fri, Nov 6, 2015, 4:58 P
Poop Water
So, Montague Center water district members. Any thought/info on when we can get back to using the water again?

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