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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

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

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, … 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 … 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 … 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