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Whately board continues Bayer review for 2nd time

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately Planning Board’s site plan review of a proposed expansion at thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s factory in the industrial park has once again been continued. According to board member Judy Markland, the hearing will continue Sept. 30 to allow more time for officials to review changes that have been made to the design in response to concerns of abutters and the town Highway Department. At its July … 0

Staying healthy in the fields

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — For seven years, Barrington Lewis has travelled from Jamaica to Deerfield to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, Team Greenfield won. The winning trophy, which is engraved with the words “Team Greenfield” at … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 0

A river wild: Whately struggles to protect its drinking water

Friday, August 15, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has pulled out the big guns in its ongoing struggle to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they erode and expose two wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. Claiming that it has reached an impasse with the state … 0

Crew returns after fighting massive western fire

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — Four wildland firefighters from southern Franklin County have returned from the West Coast, where they have been part of a crew battle a massive forest fire outside of Leavenworth, Wash.. The firefighters — Jesse Hanacek of … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club still needs help to save building

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. A while back, I told you that the Girls Club of Greenfield was on a campaign to raise money to save Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden. Well, it has raised $2,000 so far. It began a coin can fundraiser earlier this year, hoping … 0

Whately admin. bids adieu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WHATELY — After nine years as Whately’s Town Administrator Lynn Sibley has decided to move on. As of Friday, Sibley will take a new job as Shelburne treasurer. She said she will continue to work as Whately’s town clerk. “I’m trying to simplify my life a little bit, … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Regional EMS makes third try at library building

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHATELY — For the third time, South County’s new regional ambulance service is exploring the possibility of purchasing the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System’s building in Whately to use as its permanent base of operations. At its meeting … 0

Whately ZBA approves Bayer expansion

Friday, August 8, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastics company Bayer MaterialScience has cleared a hurdle in its quest to expand its factory. The Whately Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for the expansion and granted a variance for the building’s height Thursday night. Now, the company must receive approval of its … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0