Whately

Bayer expansion plan review continued again

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately Planning Board has continued the site plan review for Bayer MaterialScience’s proposed expansion for a third time. According to Planning Board member Nicholas Jones, the decision was made at the board’s Sept. 30 meeting to allow time for an independent engineering firm, White Engineering, of Pittsfield, to review the design. The review will be paid for by Bayer, he said. “The plan is very complex, there’s … 0

With move to Whately, company sees strong future in tea leaves

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WHATELY — Have you ever wanted to try a raspberry-hibiscus-currant tea slushie? Tea Guys, a new business that recently completed an expansion in Whately, can probably help you out. The premium tea importer, blender and wholesaler, will open the doors to its new 10,000-square-foot facility at 110 Christian Lane on Saturday. Founded in 2002 by Oliver and Emily Rich, the company has been … 0

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on I-91

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons less so. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after dropping her daughter off at college when she spotted an orange hot air balloon drifting … 1

Government change means Whately water’s manganese level too high

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHATELY — Whately residents are being advised to use alternative sources of water for feeding infants because manganese in the public drinking water here exceeds new government health standards. The amount of the mineral in the town water hasn’t increased, but levels considered safe by the government have … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Close call for man who drove through Whately barn

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHATELY — A man evaded serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. Hannum … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Fall festival set for Whately on Sunday

Monday, September 22, 2014

WHATELY — What’s a fall day without food, music, stories and friends? Local residents will have the chance to indulge in all of those things Sunday at the Whately Historical Society’s annual Fall Festival. The festival will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milk Bottle … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Whately seeks mediation to revisit Town Hall renovation

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WHATELY — Four months after it was struck down during the town elections, the Municipal Building Committee is once again trying to garner support for a proposed renovation of the Town Hall building. According to Selectman Paul Newlin, … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0