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Whately Planning Board to hear Bayer expansion plans

Friday, July 25, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastic film company Bayer MaterialScience is moving forward on expansion plans for its Whately factory. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Whately Town Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Bayer’s proposal for its 8 Fairview Way facility. The addition would be approximately 94,485 square feet — to accommodate additional employees and production lines. The company’s expansion plans have been somewhat controversial. Earlier this … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

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 … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 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