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MikeNaughton - Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 6:20 P
Precinct Voters
I have been a Town Meeting member for over twenty years, and I am up for re-election this year. I thought I had done what was necessary for my name to appear on the ballot, but I guess there was a slip-up somewhere because my name is not there.

You can vote for seven people, and there are six names on the list. Please consider writing me in: Michael Naughton, 11 S Lyman St, Millers Falls. I would be grateful for the opportunity to continue to have a voice in the affairs of the town, and to represent the interests of Precinct 2 and the entire town to the best of my ability.

Thank you very much for your support.
 
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stash - Tue, Jun 15, 2021 9:12 A
Sure. After we voted. Good luck Mr. N
MikeNaughton - Mon, Jun 14, 2021 6:22 P
The title should have said "Precinct 2 Voters"
stash - Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 9:23 P
Airport
A few years back they needed a big fancy John Deere to mow with. Now they need a BULLDOZER to do it, what's wrong with the jd???
 
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stash - Mon, Mar 15, 2021 11:32 P
They are using it now to mow and brush hog. all of a sudden it doesn't work? Next they'll need a garage.
Clark - Mon, Mar 15, 2021 9:44 P
It sounds like maybe it would be less expensive to contract the job out. Just a thought.
stash - Wed, Mar 3, 2021, 3:44 P
Info
Hi. Does any one know how many Town residents make use of the airport? Why are NON residents even on the commission? I just hope it doesn't come back for more money? Odds are it will with our towns track record. .......Stay well
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Mar 3, 2021 7:52 P
Hi Stash - People have asked over the years how many Montague residents use the airport -- most recently at the last Special Town Meeting (I think -- it was there or at one of the information sessions ....
MikeNaughton - Sun, Feb 21, 2021, 11:32 A
Remote Town Meeting
Just wondering how other town meeting members feel after the two "practice" meetings we had to learn the technology for a remote town meeting. I'm feeling fairly confident that I'll be okay, but there seemed to be a range of abilities, largely based on differences in equipment and internet connections (I was using a Windows 10 laptop with Comcast internet). And a related question: should the goal be to get through the meeting if at all possible, or to make sure that as many members can participate as possible, even if that means postponing the meeting if too many people have problems?
 
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patrick - Sun, Feb 21, 2021 12:11 P
I thought we voted to hold the meeting on a warm beach? ?? Seriously, I thought it went pretty well and I think we’ll be fine.
mik - Sun, Feb 21, 2021 12:09 P
If people don’t have the connectivity or technology, you can always go to Town Hall (call, first) and use one of the Chrome laptops they have.
stash - Mon, Sep 28, 2020, 6:39 P
Meeting
Why no selectman's meeting???? Mctv says 8/31 meeting. Oh well .
 
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stash - Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 11:12 P
Polling Place Precinct
Also,Deb was at the selectman's meeting a week or so about the move.
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 1:23 P
Polling Place Precinct
We got a postcard in the mail, and there was an article in the Greenfield Recorder about two weeks ago, and also one in The Montague Reporter's last issue. We voted by mail this time, too; we'll see what the future brings.
 
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stash - Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 11:15 P
Polling Place Precinct
One stupid move. Imagine when there are classes. No $$ saved on staff. Hard enough as it was for the handicapped. So glad we did mail in. Looks like our only choice in the future. Maybe go 100% mail in? IMHO , Stash
 
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Rob - Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 8:51 P
Polling Place Precinct
Haven't seen any message from this site in a while. Going through the recycling bin tonight before taking to the curb and found out the polling place for precinct 2 moved. That would have been a major pain to find out in the morning
 
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stash - Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 7:17 P
Typical
Here we go again . 81 grand down the toilet. But this time it is OUR folks that dropped the ball. Pretty damn sickening. Seems every project goes down the same dirt road. Looks like it ain't over yet. Is the fat lady ever going to sing?? Again NO DAMN records. Think I'll say I have no record of my tax bill. Sorry you'll just have to eat it.
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 3:50 P
Typical
Stash, you may be right, but people screwing up years ago sounds as plausible as people screwing up today (meaning they both sound plausible). And if you check a map, but the map doesn't show stuff that it should be showing, how are you to know?
 
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stash - Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 10:17 A
Typical
All kidding aside, Do you really think they would admit they screwed up? They were supposed to redo the road by Deb B's place. TWO years ago. Still waiting for the new town barn OOOOOPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSS. Stay well.
 
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MikeNaughton - Sun, Aug 23, 2020, 8:42 P
Typical
Stash - did you see the 8/17 selectboard meeting? There was an explanation of how the Spinner Park situation came to be. From what they said, the town and the engineers did what they were supposed to do -- at least this time around. Can't speak for maps that don't show what they're supposed to show. . . .
 
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stash - Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 12:32 P
Typical
Yup. Just like the repaving of the road by yhe Highland Cemetery. Was supposed to be done last year by one our fabulous contractors. Has there EVER been a job done right in this town??????????? Town exempt from DIG Safe????????? I bet there is a MAJOR screw up with the new town barn. Million under so lets spend it. |We bailed out the sewer dept. and they got the money owed by the mill. Where is MY money back?? Nope extra bucks BLOW IT.
 
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MikeNaughton - Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 8:35 P
Typical
Stash - I watched the meeting, and I see what you mean. I haven't followed the details of that project -- do you know who did the design work? Seems like that would have been an important element to include in the bid specs. . . .
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 8:20 P
Typical
Thanks, Stash - I will check it out.
 
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stash - Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 5:14 P
Typical
The spinner park debacle. Monday nite selectboard mtng.
 
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MikeNaughton - Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 11:48 P
Typical
Stash, sorry to sound ignorant, but what are you talking about?
 
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stash - Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 10:51 P
Typical
Should be Does as first word. Big fingers small keyboard.........
 
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stash - Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 10:45 P
Typical
Goes our town EVER NOT get a project that doesn't end up costing more. How does one start a project NOT knowing about massive power lines under it? Don't they know about digsafe? Should fire whoever did this. What a waste of MY tax money.
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 7:38 P
1676
mikeybsr, I agree with much of what you say. Certainly that history should never be forgotten -- even if it's history that we might wish had never happened. Whatever our wishes, it _did_ happen, and that should be acknowledged. Don't get me started on the Turners Falls Indians. Whatever the merits of the underlying issue (I leaned towards the "change" side, but with reservations because I knew how disruptive it would be; changes like that are sometimes better done gradually), the way it played out in the press and public meetings and the school system and social meetings was horrible. I think that any good that might have come from making the change was cancelled out by all the bad feelings generated by the process. But, as I said, don't get me started.

That said, I kinda like the Thunder logo -- looks very menacing, in a good way. And speaking of Christopher Columbus, I've been reading about the Vikings, who came to Canada (and maybe further south) hundreds of years earlier. We didn't learn about them growing up in Connecticut. . . .
 
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mikeybsr - Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 12:03 P
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Very interesting Mike N! The history seems a little complicated. Sometimes I wonder "why"! Growing up I went to school at TFHS. Home of the Turners Falls Indians! Being alumni from TFHS we always, or at least I though Turners Falls Indians was honoring what happened at the falls within the town many years ago! Times have changed. I get that!
Many years ago I had traveled Navajo Nation through the southwest! Very depressing! My point though is history "good" or "bad" is and should never be forgotten.
The Racism Card" seems to be played too much and the media polarizes this by brainwashing people daily!
Back to Turners Falls. Keep in mind the high school, Turners Falls Indians! Takes pride within the town and is FAR from being racist!
Thanks to Christopher Columbus for naming American Natives indigenous people. I guess he set sail to the West Indies, thought he was there. Maybe met some people who were unable to speak the language he new and came up with the name "indian"!
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 8:03 P
1676
"William Turner . . . did what he was instructed to do!"

For another view, see
https://www.google.c...TTZPrBBl_OgDJRXBv4gU

"Captain William Turner, commander of the Hadley garrison, decided to take action despite the instructions from his superiors."

This is a complicated history (as many are), and I daresay most of us (myself included) are only familiar with a small part of it. Maybe best to resolve to learn more before forming firm opinions. . . .
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 7:53 P
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"the Deerfield massacre didn't matter"

Bit of an oversimplification there, Stash. You might want to talk with our Millers Falls neighbor David Brule to get a fuller understanding of what happened. . ..
 
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stash - Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 7:39 P
1676
I guess the Deerfield massacre didn't matter cause the white folk didn't win. Kind a like current times.
 
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