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Sarah - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 10:07 A
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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
Meeting
Somebody WOKE up......................
 
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stash - Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 8:34 P
Meeting
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
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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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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
Upgrading The Website
I like the new look, too. Nice job, Mik!
 
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mik - Tue, May 19, 2020, 11:03 A
Upgrading The Website
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
Upgrading The Website
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
Upgrading The Website
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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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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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 - 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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jrab - Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 4:13 P
Polish Language Study Group
Hi I’m sorry can a mod delete this?
 
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jrab - Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 9:38 P
Polish Language Study Group
Hello, I’ve been thinking I’d like to find some people to practice my Polish with, even if they are beginning speakers, I’d like the opportunity to learn by teaching. Please feel free to let me know if you would like to participate or if you have any ideas about finding participants or a venue. I live in Montague Center and there’s always the Grange but I figured it’s probably not the most convenient to most people.
 
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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 - Thu, Jan 9, 2020, 9:40 P
Must Nice
Stash, that doesn't sound right. The tax bill I just got was for the second (final) payment for FY2020. The first one came last fall, and was due Oct. 1. This one is due April 1. I don't know what they told your wife down at town hall, but unless you didn't pay the first bill (in which case, it's really overdue), all you can pay now is the second part of FY2020.

Maybe someone is confused. . . .
 
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stash - Tue, Jan 7, 2020, 12:36 P
Must Nice
Wife just went to pay our taxes. All that can be paid is the first half??????????? Nice that the town doesn't want/need the money. We have paid the full year for ever. Never heard of any one not letting you pay a bill. Seeing they have so much now that the mill paid them for past bills, how about giving the folks that bailed the town out a refund????. Ya right.
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Dec 26, 2019, 8:05 P
Dog Poop
Might not hurt to try putting up another one and seeing what happens. Sometimes people will do something like remove a sign like that and then regret it later. If they see it again, they might decide to change their behavior. Not a guarantee, but I've seen it happen. I think most people are not evil, but they tend to be clueless, and sometimes it takes more than nudge to wake them up.

Doesn't always work, but that's probably what I would try. If that doesn't work, then it's the motion-sensitve camera and involving the cops. . . .
 
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JTHK - Thu, Dec 26, 2019, 1:12 P
Dog Poop
Stash, I applaud your effort. Do you know what happened? Perhaps the wind took it away? If someone DID take it, it's because there are dinks everywhere -- as you know. In my own neighbourhood, there are some folks who drive too fast for the locals' taste and someone put up a sign, "Drive like your kids live here" which I thought was very appropriate. Sure enough, someone stole it but it didn't stop the home-owner from putting up another -- which has remained to this day.

Good luck, and I hope dog-owners pick up after their dogs in your 'hood.

Happy belated Christmas.
 
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stash - Thu, Dec 26, 2019, 12:56 P
Dog Poop
I did post a no poop sign and it was taken down. So much for being nice.
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Dec 24, 2019, 8:27 P
Season’s Greetings
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, and to everyone who reads this may you have a happy and stress-free time shared with people you love.
 
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JTHK - Sat, Dec 14, 2019, 12:24 P
Dog Poop
Mike, that sounds like the way I would do it, too. Most people do want to be neighbourly and sometimes folks simply make a mistake. Perhaps if Stash sees this as a repeated behaviour, he could do similarly and, by posting a sign, remind the person in question that responsible dog owners dispose of the animal's feces responsibly.
 
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MikeNaughton - Sat, Dec 14, 2019, 11:07 A
Dog Poop
I had a problem some years ago with a person (or persons) throwing plastic bags full of vegetable fiber onto my property (at a wooded section along the road that looks like it might be no-mans-land). They looked like what you might have left after you'd run them through a juicer. I put a couple of hand-lettered signs on trees that said, "Please - No Dumping", and it stopped.
 
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JTHK - Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 6:06 P
Dog Poop
Discretion is an important quality of being a functioning adult and you, being 77, should know this. Yes, within certain parameters (don't forget that the first amendment IS regulated and you can't always say what you want when you want to) you can write what you want but being a community forum, I'd hope you'd think about what you're writing first.

Your logic is flawed: "Don't like it, don't read it." How do I not know until I read it? As I said earlier, if this was your personal space then I wouldn't be calling you out but as it is a community forum, I am. With that, I close my end of the back-and-forth.
 
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stash - Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 5:50 P
Dog Poop
Last I knew the first amm. says differently. You don't like what I WROTE don't READ IT, Seems as though there are folks on here that feel they have to respond to feel important. Guess what? I could give a rats butt about your posts. Like I said , don't like it don't read it.
 
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JTHK - Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 2:43 P
Dog Poop
If this were Stash's personal social media account, I wouldn't fault him for venting as it would be his own social media space. But this forum is a shared community space.
 
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patrick - Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 2:40 P
Dog Poop
JTHK, clearly yelling randomly on social media is the way to solve the world's problems these days...
 
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JTHK - Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 1:33 P
Dog Poop
Or you could stop being a complete dick and use your words instead of typing symbols to conceal your nasty attitude. I don't care how old you are, you shouldn't insult people in an on-line forum in this manner.

And why would you yell at someone? Perhaps a polite, "Could you please pick that up?" would suffice. And since you indicated that you can get out there time, you could ask someone who is able to write a note on a piece of a paper and tape or tack it to a surface nearby so this dog owner would see it. Often, people simply need to be reminded of basic neighbourly courtesies but people universally hate being yelled at which is why you're "yelling" probably would accomplish as much as that dog put out of its anus.

And at 77 you should know better.
 
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stash - Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 12:58 P
Dog Poop
Being handicapped and have only seen her leaving the area I just can't run out and yell at her when she is over 100 feet away. I can see the intersection of Highland and Quarry out my kitchen window. Even if I see her coming I still wouldn't have the time to get to her. At 77 years old I shouldn't have to pick up after some lazy $^%#^&&. Maybe I'll find out who she is and send her your way. And YOU can take care of the stuff.
 
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JTHK - Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 5:39 A
Dog Poop
Did you try asking respectfully if she would clean it up first before you run away to the police? It sounds like you're very passionate about dog feces.
 
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stash - Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 11:19 P
Dog Poop
Got some lazy butt woman walking her dog on Quarry Rd. that is to stupid/lazy to pick up after her dog. Going to set up game cams and turn the sd card over to the PD. Where the pile is located is also on private property so trespassing will also be pushed. Enough is enough.
 
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fiddlehead85 - Wed, Dec 11, 2019, 7:32 A
Montague Caroling!
Season's Greetings!

The annual tradition of Montague Holiday Caroling will take place THIS SUNDAY, 12/15, starting at 7:00pm. Anybody interested in singing door-to-door is invited to meet up at the Common Hall, where song books and bells will be provided. Festive garb and good walking shoes are encouraged, and tea or hot cocoa can be provided afterwards at the common hall.

See you there!
 
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PLipke - Tue, Dec 10, 2019, 8:10 A
Others Having More Verizon Dsl And Phone Problems
Thank you. So far, there's only three of us who've said they had trouble. If I get a moment, I'll do 'next door,' or you can. -Paul
 
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Nico - Mon, Dec 9, 2019, 3:13 P
Others Having More Verizon Dsl And Phone Problems
Yes! It's always been a bit of a problem, but we just kind of ignored it except when it got particularly bad. That was true this weekend. We ended up having a tech come out.
(FYI - re: internet alone - Their solution -- which might work for others - was to 'turn down' the speed of the DSL line. Apparently we are at quite a distance from the Verizon station and so a high speed won't work well at that distance -- although the billing office is quite willing to encourage you to increase that speed and charge accordingly...
It's working so far, but then again, if often does, except when it doesn't!)

Yes, we also noticed static-y landlines. I think we mostly just live with it and I hadn't thought about a more collective solution. If you're on that 'next door' site, perhaps we could also put a similar note/request there to see if folks are having troubles.

Nicole
 
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patrick - Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 5:26 P
Others Having More Verizon Dsl And Phone Problems
We had similar problems for years when we had DSL. Thankfully, we've been riding the Comcast train for a year and a half now and all is well!
 
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