Montague Notebook: March 29, 2024

The Brick House Community Resource Center at 24 Third St. in Turners Falls will host a spring sustainability event in collaboration with Just Roots on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Brick House Community Resource Center at 24 Third St. in Turners Falls will host a spring sustainability event in collaboration with Just Roots on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 03-28-2024 5:35 PM

Sustainability event set for April 17

TURNERS FALLS — The Brick House Community Resource Center at 24 Third St. will host a spring sustainability event in collaboration with Just Roots on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Families will cook and eat dinner together and plant herb seeds in a pot to take home.

Register at bit.ly/4as9ICN. With questions (or to register by phone or email), email jolvera-aguilera@brickhousecommunity.org or call 413-800-2208.

‘Mindfulness
Meditation for
Seniors’ starts
in May

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Senior Center and the Amherst Senior Center are sponsoring a six-week “Mindfulness Meditation for Seniors” class starting in May.

The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Amherst starting May 22 and on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in Turners Falls starting May 23. Seniors ages 55 and up from all Massachusetts towns can register for either class. There is a reduced fee of $75 for the six-week series thanks to funding from the senior centers.

The class is specifically designed for seniors and will offer gentle stretches (done on or next to a chair), deep relaxation, traditional meditation and practical skills that can help navigate the stress of daily life. The instructor, Jean Erlbaum, was trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, and has been teaching in the Pioneer Valley since 1972.

Advance registration is required. For more information about the classes, contact Erlbaum at 413-230-1518 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Town conducts camera inspections to find source of water infiltration

MONTAGUE — The results of a lateral sewer camera inspection were discussed at Monday’s Selectboard meeting.

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According to Town Administrator Steven Ellis, this was done following the town locating significant inflow of what appeared to be groundwater into the sewer collection system. Two source points were identified coming from lateral connections along Federal Street in Millers Falls. A subcontractor was hired to provide a specialty camera to perform an investigation to the source of inflow.

“The study confirmed that there were breaks in the old pipes and the [Department of Public Works] is working to begin excavation and investigation in the hopes to closing off these source points as soon as possible,” Ellis said.