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Price, sites discussed in run-up to 3-town EMS launch

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service, townspeople in southern Franklin County will be asked to approve $749,594 for the regional paramedic service. The latest budget numbers are $235,947 for Sunderland, $125,647 for Whately and $387,999 for Deerfield. The budget reflects the estimated full-year cost to run the regional round-the-clock paramedic service. In October, residents approved only the half-year cost. The administrators … 0

Whately heads for decision on revamped town hall

Friday, April 18, 2014

WHATELY — By September 2015, townspeople could have a modern town office with more meeting rooms, a 175-seat air-conditioned auditorium and a fully accessible Town Hall as the civic and cultural center on Chestnut Plain Road. On Wednesday, the Municipal Building Committee, chaired by Selectman Jonathan Edwards, presented its final design plans for … 0

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to town meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME … 0

Whately asked to approve capital projects

Monday, April 14, 2014

WHATELY — Nine projects worth $312,610 could give the town a new emergency generator and lighting at the school, a dump truck with a sander and a barrier gate and fence at Herhily Park. Townspeople will be asked to approve the money at annual town meeting on April … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Whately to vote on Town Hall project

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WHATELY — Before the historic white clapboard meeting house finally transforms into the newly renovated and expanded Town Hall, residents will be asked again to give their support one last time to the two-year project at annual town … 0

Whately seeks budget boost of $218,708

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WHATELY — Taxpayers may have to pay an extra $218,708 for next year, according to the draft town budget. The proposed budget for the budget that takes effect July 1 is $4,640,016. The biggest increase is the school costs. The Whately Elementary School budget is $1,555,166. The School … 0

South County Notebook

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Last day to submit warrant articles CONWAY — Residents have until Monday to submit agenda items for the annual town meeting. Any items must be signed by a minimum of 10 voters and the signatures must be certified by the town clerk. Register to vote in Conway by … 0

Frontier tennis courts to go without repairs

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to fund repairs to the school tennis courts. With no money to repair the tennis courts, Barrett said, “at some point, the courts may have to be closed.” The … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Whately offers solar program to residents

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WHATELY — The town is teaming up with Chesterfield and Williamsburg to reduce electric costs for their residents and greenhouse gas emissions in the environment. The three towns have been selected to participate in the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Solarize Mass. program. Through incentives, rebates and group purchasing, … 0