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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

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

Franklin County Technical School students ready for workforce

Friday, June 6, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School alumna Lisa Godfrey told 115 graduates Friday that learning a trade at the school will give them a leg up in their future job searches. “It may not feel like it … 0

Whately Town Hall project has opposition

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WHATELY — Last-minute opposition is rising against the proposed $3.9 million Town Hall expansion as voters prepare to turn out at the polls on Tuesday to vote on a debt exclusion for the project. Two Finance Committee members, Joseph Zewinski and Robert Fydenkevez, and a town resident, John … 0

Neighbors: Lots to do as summer rolls in

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. There’s lots going on as this first week of June comes to an end and summer rev s up. THERE WILL BE A GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE at Leverett Elementary School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please support the school and its students by … 0

Greenfield to celebrate bees

Monday, June 2, 2014

In this feature photo, Debbie Oeky, Sandra Boston and Victoria Floor touch up the crosswalk mural in Greenfield as part of the Paint the Town Green Mural Project. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Conway to vote on Frontier tennis courts June 16 at 7:30

Friday, May 30, 2014

CONWAY — The Frontier Regional School has one more town vote before it knows whether it can keep the school tennis courts open. Town meeting will be asked to spend $4,455 in Community Preservation Act funds for Conway’s share of repairing the tennis courts, which are cracking. The … 0

Neighbors: Students share ideas to spruce up downtown

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Recorder received letters from a couple of our younger neighbors this week, and I’d like to share a little from each of them with you. Dylan McCullough Clemente of Greenfield, who attends Pearl Rhodes Elementary School in Leyden, wrote that he believes there should be … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Elementary School second-graders helping the hungry

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Dawn Kempf of Greenfield, who teaches second grade at Deerfield Elementary School, has been working with her class and the other two second-grade classes — about 60 students — for the past three years to create jewelry, which is sold to other students, as … 0

Neighbors: Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Well, here we are — Memorial Day weekend already. The federal holiday started as a way to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate … 0