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
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.
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
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.
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.
".... 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
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.
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??
Private lessons! Learn to sew for basic mending, or fancy embroidery for elegant gifts. Make a quilt or crochet a blanket to mark special occasions. Get started now and complete heartfelt handcrafted gifts in time for the holidays!
It's a chilly spring day - perfect for SOUP! Just Roots Farm will bring two hot soups for tasting today at the Farmer's Market in Turners Falls. Vote for your favorite and help them decide which soups to put into production!
Also look for asparagus and rhubarb, spring greens, flower and veggie plants, and more!
Attention Knitters, Quilters, Artisans and Craftspeople:
The Our Lady of Peace Womenâ€™s Group is looking for people interested in cleaning out their excess yarn, fabric, and other craft supplies. They are hosting a â€œStash Bashâ€� on April 11, 2015 from 9:00 to 1:00 at Our Lady of Peace Church. Anyone interested in renting a table to sell their craft materials or donating them to the Womenâ€™s Group to sell should contact Chris at (413) 367-3052 or Bev at (413) 863-7783 for information or an application.
Please mark your calendars for the April 11 sale - there should be some great bargains on fabric, yarn, lace, thread, stained glass supplies, and much more!!
The "S" turns on 47 headed to Sunderland have sucked for years. Once you get to the town line it's like night and day. Used to be snow fence back in the day to prevent drifts. This town has the ability to do a good job plowing,but it's selective and that's bullshit. Do the job right or hire employees or new DPW boss who will.
I agree Patrick. Lake Road is a mess. Last night it was a sheet of ice after melting in the sun yesterday and last night I hit a pole. After they came up plowed and sanded, but it took an accident. I haven't seen any sand on any road except Turners.
What I mean by "we haven't had that much snow" is that they've not plowed roads when there's an inch or two of slush at times. I know it's expensive to send them out for so little, but the problem with that is that the next day the slush turns to ice. There are several streets in town that can get very dangerous in those conditions. I have slid at the bottom of Dry Hill and the bottom of Gunn Rd., both of which lead into 63 and into a potential disaster.
The Montague Sunderland line is as it always is. Maybe a bit worse due to the unplowed slush than has since frozen.
Stash - My street seems plenty wide enough for two-way traffic -- how wide does it need to be?
patrick - I've heard complaints for years about the Montague/Sunderland line -- is this year really much worse than previous years?
Maybe the DPW could be doing a better job, but what does that mean? If Stash has an actual problem, then it should be fixed. But once the streets are clear "enough", I'm not sure that I want the trucks driving around just because "we haven't had that much snow".
I agree with Stash here. Plowing has been awful. After last Saturday's snow many streets were left completely untouched. Lake Pleasant Rd was a skating rink on Monday. I routinely notice that as I cross the town line into Sunderland, both 47 and Meadow Rd are immediately better. I know the budget is limited but we haven't had that much snow this year.
Evidently the town figured they couldn't be out plowing with the travel ban. Either that or they figured if they screw around long enough they'll get more o.t. .. This winter has been the crappiest plowing I've ever seen. When I have to PAY somebody to do a TOWN ROAD something is drastically wrong. My grandson came over to snowblow for us and there is not much plowed in town. I don't think a fire truck could make it up our street BEFORE this storm. I took the demand bus last Thursday for my P.T. and the driver complained about the road. I hope the DPW doesn't need my support at Town Meeting. Wonder who I send the bill for the road cleaning???
Just a thought. If they can't buy in Montague, what stops them from buying in Gfld,Erving,Gill? What else will they buy elsewhere that they would have bought when they grabbed the smokes?? Kind of stupid in my opinion. But it is the norm for your town leaders... Stay warm up the in valley..
Way too many people do this. It's akin to not wearing seatbelts and way too many people do that, too. Way too many people walk on the wrong side of the road and also wear dark clothing. I have had some close encounters with these weirdly oblivious people, too. People just do not listen to common sense, scientific evidence and rules of the road..
You can tell people 'til the cows come home that not wearing helmets, walking on the wrong side of the road, drinking and driving, smoking and voting republican is bad for their health and well being but they still do it.
I think it is part of the "following the crowd and jumping off the cliff" mentality. Oh well. we should still care and watch out for them for their safety and our own.
If you know someone who was riding a bike on Turners Falls Road in Montague Center around 5 with no helmet or reflective gear and wearing very dark clothing, please tell them that they will get killed very soon if they don't smarten up. I always watch for bikes but I only saw this guy at the very last minute.
Has anyone lost a small gray cat? I had one turn up on my back step this morning. I'm down on Old Sunderland Road close to the river. The cat is completely gray with no tabby stripes or other markings. It looks like she may have been outside for a while.