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Whately health board to up tobacco sales age

Friday, July 3, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s Board of Health plans to adopt revisions to its tobacco sales regulations during its meeting July 15. During a public hearing Wednesday night, Chairman Francis Fortino said two residents spoke in favor of the policy. With the changes, Whately will join Greenfield, Montague, Leverett and Gill in raising the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. Whately’s revised regulation would also ban flavored tobacco … 0

Watershed Council plans to sue Chang Farms

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council said Thursday that it plans to sue the Whately bean sprout farm in federal court. According to a letter of intent sent to the owners, Tso-Cheng Chang and Sidney Chang, the CRWC plans to bring a citizen’s suit … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few … 0

On the road again: Recorder editor’s tour continues tonight in Colrain

Monday, June 1, 2015

Now I remember what I love about Franklin County: its people. Co-workers and friends keep asking me how my whirlwind summer tour of the county’s 26 towns is going. As the latest editor of the county’s two-century-old newspaper, … 0

Neighbors: 5th annual Bee Fest on Court Square in Greenfield on Saturday

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. Imagine a world without bees. You’d also have to imagine a world without carrots, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits, because they are dependent upon bees for pollination. And, of course, what about honey? How … 0

Baker talks energy, budget during Yankee Candle visit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a short tour of the Pioneer Valley … 2

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. … 0

South County Notebook

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tilton Library plant sale returns DEERFIELD — After a year hiatus, the Tilton Library on North Main Street will once again hold its plant sale this year. The sale will be held on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the back of the library. Plant donations … 0

Orloski seeks seat on Whately Board of Selectmen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WHATELY — The race is on in Whately with Assessor Frederick P. Orloski looking to unseat Whately Board of Selectmen chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune during the town’s elections June 9. Though Fortune is the incumbent, the two-term selectman will still be facing an uphill battle of sorts: her … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 1

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Letter: Beyond Whately

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I also attended Whately’s annual town meeting and was shocked that the citizens of the town failed to vote “yes” to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. If one follows the deplorable safety record of the companies that have built these projects, how could you vote to support such … 0