Whately

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 operating out of a facility in Hatfield. … 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 been lowered in recent months, prompting the advisory for the first time in the Whately … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

MassDEP approves Whately’s Mill River stabilization plan

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has cleared a major obstacle in its quest to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate the town’s drinking water supply. During a meeting Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection presented town officials with an Authorization of Emergency … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Whately Grange to host awards ceremony Thursday night

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s Grange will host its 2014 Community Service Award night Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Congregational Church. According to Grange member Adelia Bardwell, the award is given each year to a community member or local organization that has helped the community over the year. This … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Heroin trafficking charges for two Holyoke women

Friday, September 5, 2014

WHATELY — Two Holyoke women have been charged with trafficking in heroin after an Interstate 91 traffic stop netted 1,000 bags of the drug, according to police. There were also two small children in the car, according to police reports. Zeneida Gonzalez, 27, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Valley produce flows again to Market Basket

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WHATELY — Gary Gemme, co-owner of Harvest Farm, said he got the call last week that he has been waiting on for six weeks. It was from a buyer for Market Basket, looking to order cabbage, kale and … 0