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Living Nativity in Whately on Sunday

Friday, December 19, 2014

WHATELY — The traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem will be brought to life in Whately Sunday afternoon, when Whately First Congregational Church holds its annual living nativity event. The festivities start at 3 in the shed behind the church, located at 177 Chestnut Plain Road, and will feature live actors and animals, including an ox, a goat, a heifer and chickens, according to Adelia Bardwell, … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Former employee sues Frontier for discrimination

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A trial date has been set for a discrimination suit filed against Frontier Regional School by a former information technology professional who was fired after he says he was treated unfairly by his past co-workers. Sandy Moya of 10 Wolcott St., Holyoke, has sued the school for racial discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation after he claims his former co-workers … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it … 0

Whately completes facilitated meetings for town office consolidation, survey next

Friday, December 12, 2014

WHATELY — To overcome the shortcomings of current town office space, the people of Whately have been talking this week about possibly using elementary school space and a former regional library building as well as a previously proposed … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Interstate 91 extension cost more than money

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The ceremony 50 years ago today was a big deal that attracted then-Gov. Endicott Peabody and other dignitaries, along with 200 spectators who braved cold weather before the ribbon-cutting to allow dozens of cars and … 2

Whately schedules forums to discuss town space needs

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WHATELY — Whately residents will get the chance to voice their opinions and ideas about what should be done to consolidate the town’s municipal offices and address space needs at a series of facilitated meetings over the next … 0