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stash - Sat, Feb 20, 2021, 12:26 P
Double Standard
Got to love it. In the last couple weeks there were articles in the Greenfield Distorter how local business's have donated goodies to the hospital. They told me I COULDN"T bring in boxes of goodies for my nurses in Oncolgy. I suppose I'm not important enough. I am only a lowly patient. Stay well....
 
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newbie - Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 6:02 P
??????????
Hi. My old dudes computer is getting funky. He is debating going with a laptop or a chrome book. Is there reason to go with either??? I know the chrome book is a lot less costly. Thanks for the help.... Ed
 
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newbie - Fri, Feb 5, 2021 4:50 P
Mike. Mik Had my computer guy stop and check his computer. Bad ethertnet cable. Thanks again. Ed
newbie - Mon, Feb 1, 2021 6:18 P
Mike and MIK Thanks, I'll tell him when I check in later tonite. ED
MikeNaughton - Fri, Dec 25, 2020, 9:31 A
Greetings
Same to you, Stash!
 
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stash - Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 10:27 A
Greetings
Merry CHRISTMAS to all........
 
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mik - Tue, Dec 8, 2020, 10:40 A
Sad Day
Indeed. And the next day the US declared war... 79 years ago, today.
 
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stash - Mon, Dec 7, 2020, 10:22 A
Sad Day
Pearl Harbor............enough said.
 
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stash - Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 10:49 A
Today
Any body remember where they were on this day in 1963??????????? RIP JFK
 
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newbie - Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 9:10 P
Pot Shop
Nope. Could fold as far as I'm concerned.
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 7:48 P
Pot Shop
Noob - I hope you're doing your part to keep the pot shop in Turners afloat. It takes a village ... :-)
 
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newbie - Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 10:57 P
Pot Shop
Holy crap. Another pot shop, just what we need. The one in Turners is suffering to stay alive . I hope the town wakes up and says no. But I'm sure all they will see is the FEW (very few ) dollars they can blow on crap like moving a stupid statue. Don't care if it is a GRANT, who do you think Pays for the grant in the end? US. Ed
 
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stash - Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 11:49 A
Fabric Shop
Just read the Reporter. Hours are in the article..
 
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stash - Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 10:44 A
Fabric Shop
Anyone know the hours /phone info for Sampson's?? Did a quick search on the net without much luck. Thanks, Stash. P.S. Congrats Mik.
 
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SarahMay - Tue, Oct 13, 2020, 8:27 P
Halloween This Year?
I have heard conflicting reports about trick or treating in town this year. It seems many houses are opting out, understandably, but are some houses still planning on doing safe/staggered options? I also saw the Montague Village Store may be offering a drive through..? just wanted to see if I’d get any feedback here.
 
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stash - Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 10:53 P
Selectmans Meeting 9/14
Super. Thanks Mr. N Stash
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 8:47 P
Selectmans Meeting 9/14
I think it's here:

View on Vimeo.


 
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stash - Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 7:19 P
Selectmans Meeting 9/14
Good thing the MR covered it. Don't see it listed on MCTV. Thanks Jeff......... Stash
 
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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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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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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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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 - 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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PlusOne318 - Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 7:55 A
Found Cat
Found cat on Old Sunderland Rd. 6/14. If this is your cat, contact fadge318@gmail.com.
 
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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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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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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
Envelope
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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stash - Wed, Mar 25, 2020, 9:28 A
Question
Does any one know what the folks that deliver the Reporter get per issue delivered? The young lad that delivered mine has never let me down and I would like to make sure he still gets paid for my delivery at the least during the digital delivery. Thanks and STAY WELL......
 
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Sarah - Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 12:43 P
Face Masks For Hospitals
Hi Chris,

Thanks for contributing to the mask-making effort to help keep more folx safe!

This info about where to drop off face masks was posted this morning on the Montague Central Mutual Aid listserve (montague-central-mutual-aid@googlegroups.com):

"The Western MA Nurses Association/Baystate Franklin Medical Nurses has established a safe collection spot for donations of PPEs (including homemade masks) on the porch of 74 Crescent St, in Greenfield. See attached image for more info. This is Rudy Renaud's house (former Greenfield City Councillor, works for MA Nurses Assoc), and I got the information from her via Facebook. Re homemade masks, she said: "People in the community can use the homemade masks while we are looking for n95s for HCPs. We will sort through them so it’s good to make them if you can."

Sarah
 
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ChrisP - Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 12:24 P
Face Masks For Hospitals
I had heard that local hospitals were looking for people to sew face masks until the shortage of PPE can be addressed. I've been working on some, but I don't know where to bring them. The hospitals probably don't want people walking in off the street. Does anyone know of a drop off location for either Baystate Franklin or Cooley Dick?
 
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newbie - Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 9:37 P
Senior Center
Hi. Hope all are well. I'm wondering if anyone is aware if the center will still be doing the AARP tax prep on Friday? If not I'll have to make some other plans for Mr. & Mrs. Old Dude to get them done. Thanks and STAY HEALTHY Please. ED.
 
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Sarah - Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 2:21 P
Free Lunches And Breakfasts This Week For Children And Under
FREE MEALS PROVIDED DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear District Families,

We are pleased to announce that the district’s food service staff, working with the help of Kuzmeskus Bus Company, will continue providing meals to students next week. Meals will be free for all children 18 and younger. We will provide a bagged lunch along with a breakfast for the next morning. Meals will be available at these sites and times from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20:

Bus 1
Hillcrest Elementary (student drop off parking lot) 11:30 – 11:50
Unity Park parking lot 11:55 – 12:30
Lake Pleasant (Highland Park) 12:45 – 1 pm

Bus 2
Montague Center Post Office lot or Town Common near Library 11:30 – 11:45
Millers Falls (Franklin Street – near Carroll) 12 – 12:20
Sheffield Elementary (main entrance parking lot) 12:30 – 1 pm

Van 1 – we would likely use our district vehicle for this route
Montague Catholic Social ministries 11:30 drop off
Erving elementary front entrance 11:45
Erving Center (candy store lot?) 12:15 – 12:30
Four Winds School (Riverside) 12:45 – 1:05
The Brick house 1:15 pm drop off

If you have any question about this program please contact Director of Business and Operations, Joanne Blier at 863-3251 or joanne.blier@gmrsd.org
 
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Hermionejh - Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 8:20 P
Covid-19 Issues
Hello,
As this virus spreads, if there are elders or compromised folks in the community who have no one who can help out, please contact LifePath 413 773 5555, or your local church or helping org. such as Montague Catholic Social Ministries. 413-863-4804

Needs can also be posted here for folks to help out if /when they can, but this shouldn't be the only place to ask for help.

We can flatten the curve of COVID-19 by due diligence of hand washing, no hand-shaking or close contact, (social distancing) and by self-quarantining if you develop flu or flu-like symptoms.

Be safe everyone.
 
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