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DianneC - Tue, Mar 15, 2022, 3:21 P
Magpie Toby Friends
MAGPIE - Saturday – March 19 - 7:30 pm
Mount Toby Concerts - 194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA

With a career that has spanned forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians and social justice activists, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.

Magpie's songs touch on historical, cultural and social interests with a large selection focusing on Civil Rights and the environment. Terry and Greg's sound is that of two very strong voices, one female, one male, in powerful leads and two-part harmony, embellished by Terry's guitar, harmonica, mandolin and dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, full of passion and fire.

The duo has appeared in national and international demonstrations and protest marches and rallies, sung in jails, on picket lines and churches. Their songs are used today in modern Civil Rights and environmental protection movements, especially Give Light and We Belong to the Earth, which are included in the new group singing songbook, Rise Again, along with six other of their songs.

Suggested donation $15 to $30

Reserve seats at or call 413-336-2589


Online Concert Option via Zoom

We are offering an online concert viewing (via zoom) for this concert as well as our usual in-person show. Ticket prices range from $5 to $30. Pay as you are able. Visit the web page below to purchase online tickets and get details about how you’ll receive the live-stream link:



COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use room purifiers.
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stash - Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 12:06 P
How did Frankln Tech against Smith Voc?
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Dec 8, 2021 6:56 P
They won: 32 - 16
MikeNaughton - Sun, Jun 20, 2021, 7:55 P
Rip John Mayrand
I didn't know him well, but I remember him as someone who was willing to show up if something needed to be done. I enjoyed our chats when I'd pass him on his porch on my walks through town. I'm grateful to have known him.
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Rob - Mon, Feb 1, 2021, 8:50 P
Snow Day
due to snow trash schedule will be off by a day for rest of week.

Also kids get a snow day. I guess if it is not safe for some essential people to get to the physical school then kids still get a snow day even though still in remote learning.
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mik - Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 12:22 P
Gofundme For Mark2’s Daughter
Hey, in case people hadn't heard, there was a pretty bad accident in Deerfield on November 13th. One kid died, and our very own Mark2's daughter was hospitalized in severe condition.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been posted to help with the Downy family's expenses. Please consider donating $25 or more to help them out.

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stash - Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 3:00 P
Rest in peace Doc..
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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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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 9:05 A
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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:, 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
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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, 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.
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 11:58 A
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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
Join Today’s Rally Montague Center Common
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
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
Somebody WOKE up......................
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stash - Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 8:34 P
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.
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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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MikeNaughton - Tue, Nov 19, 2019, 10:40 A
Millers Falls Strategic Plan Update Meeting Another Correction
Aaargh! We seem to be having some communication problems. I've now learned that the church doors will not open until 7:00, and the meeting will be from 7:00 to 8:00.

I hope this is the final word, and apologies again for the confusion.
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Nov 18, 2019, 10:05 P
Millers Falls Strategic Plan Update Meeting Correction
Correction: The presentation will not start until 7:00 pm. I believe that the church doors will open at 6:00 pm, but Suzanne will not be there until 7:00.

Sorry for the confusion . . . .
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Nov 18, 2019, 1:02 P
Millers Falls Strategic Plan Update Meeting
This week we will be having another big Millers Falls meeting!

When: Thursday, November 21st, from 6 - 8 pm

Where: The Covenant Church on Bridge Street

Why: Suzanne LoManto will be there to present the latest draft of the Strategic Plan that she and Walter Ramsey, with help from Peg Barringer of FinePoint Associates, have been working on. This will incorporate input and feedback from the survey last spring and our previous meetings.

Please come if you are interested in helping to shape the future of Millers Falls, or if you are simply interested in finding out what is going on.
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