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Officer Robert "Eric" Seaholm sits in a cruiser in Deerfield in the early 1990s.
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Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge of any situation ... and for his role-model status among new department personnel. Seaholm, who served as a member of the Deerfield Police Department from 1977 to 2004 and also worked as a full time sergeant at the Whately Police Department, died July 12 at his home in Arizona after a battle with cancer. “Eric was one of the hearts and souls of the department,” said Paciorek, … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the writers, said the name of the group comes from the place where they meet to … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Gun, knife, cellphone figure in Whately road rage incident

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WHATELY — A Connecticut man faces several firearms charges after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver in a road rage incident. James Martin, 36, of Manchester, Conn., pleaded innocent to charges of assault with a handgun, carrying a loaded handgun without a license, unlicensed possession of a … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Whately Town Hall renovation addition planning back to drawing board

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WHATELY — Will Whately’s town hall expansion plan go back to the drawing board or just go away? After 2½ years of pushing for a $3.9 million town hall renovation and expansion, the Municipal Building Committee was unexpectedly stopped in its tracks Tuesday when voters said “no” to … 0

Whately rejects Town Hall project

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WHATELY — After overwhelmingly supporting the project at town meeting this year, townspeople changed their minds at the last minute, voting down the $3.9 million Town Hall project. Sixty-one percent of townspeople voted Tuesday against a debt exclusion … 0

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0

Whately selectman says project support there

Sunday, June 8, 2014

WHATELY — Despite some concerns raised by some residents about the town hall expansion project, the Whately Municipal Building Committee says the majority of townspeople support the project they will be asked to vote on Tuesday. The Municipal Building Committee believes there is a lot of misinformation being … 0

Letter: Too expensive

Sunday, June 8, 2014

To the voters of Whately: On June 10, you are voting a $3.9 million debt exclusion to add to and renovate the Town Hall. With the proposed design, we still have a building with major components over 150 years old, well past their expected lifespan. Siding, slate roof … 0

Frontier: The future is ‘up to you’

Friday, June 6, 2014

DEERFIELD — The lives of many Frontier Regional High School graduates have been organized for them until Friday evening. “Now it’s up to you,” said Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass. Amid a … 0