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Whately

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 Boston Globe. On Page D6 you’ll find a story about the 88-year-old, who was recently found partying in the Gillette Stadium parking … 0

Whately Planning Board OKs Bayer factory expansion

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s Planning Board has approved a site plan for a proposed expansion to local thermoplastics company Bayer MaterialScience’s factory. The review was continued at three separate board meetings since July 29. According to Planning Board chairman Don Sluter, the board attached two conditions to the approval: an agreement to increase the size of one of the site’s storm water retention basins, … 0

Letter: About fixing bridges

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I am voting “No” on Question 1 and I urge other voters to do so on Tuesday. We need to repair bridges that are closed or deficient. In the town of Whately, we have three that are closed and prevent local landowners direct access to their land and shut down a direct route between Whately and Williamsburg. In nearby Montague, a bridge closure … 0

Whately inks deal with new town administrator

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WHATELY — Mark Pruhenski, a special project manager from Great Barrington, has officially accepted Whately’s offer to become the new town administrator. Pruhenski’s decision concludes a search that has been ongoing for a town administrator since Lynn Sibley … 0

Whately deadlocks on consensus building

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHATELY — Voters this week deadlocked over a plan to spend money on consensus building. Town Moderator Paul Fleuriel had to break at 23-23 tie at a special town meeting Tuesday to approve spending $10,000 to hold a series of meetings and public forums about what should be … 0

Letter: A matter of choice

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Casinos have open doors. You can just walk in, but you don’t have to. If you are inside and you wish to leave, the door is right there as well. As the law now states, you are free to come and go. Certain people want to restrict our … 0

South County towns to host drive-through flu clinic Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — Fast food? Try fast flu shots. That’s what the towns of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will be offering their residents this coming Sunday during a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in the parking lot of Yankee Candle’s headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Frontier applies for grant to consolidate town services

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts have applied for a $43,500 grant to develop a plan for consolidating town services into unused school space. The decision to pursue the grant came out of a series of roundtable meetings between members of each town’s selectboards, … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Great Barrington man offered Whately town admin job

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s search for a town administrator appears to be nearing its conclusion. The town officially has offered the job to Mark Pruhenski, a special project manager from Great Barrington. The town has been searching for a … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0