Whately

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something unexpected for your neighbor and being kind … 0

Former employee sues Frontier for discrimination

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A trial date has been set for a discrimination suit filed against Frontier Regional School by a former information technology professional who was fired after he says he was treated unfairly by his past co-workers. Sandy Moya of 10 Wolcott St., Holyoke, has sued the school for racial discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation after he claims his former co-workers … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 0

Whately voters OK money for facilitator

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WHATELY — The town’s discussion of how to resolve its municipal space needs is back on the menu. Voters have approved spending $10,000 to bring in a professional community facilitator from Boston to hold a series of public … 0

Hearing for man who threatened Frontier continued until December

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — A dangerousness hearing for Nicholas R. Schauer, the 19-year-old Sunderland man who is charged with threatening to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School, has been continued until Dec. 1. According to the Greenfield District Court, the decision was made to allow Bridgewater State Hospital, where he … 0

Two Frontier students to serve on Governor’s Youth Council

Monday, November 10, 2014

DEERFIELD — Massachusetts will have a new governor on Jan. 5, and two students from Frontier Regional School will soon be able to tell him exactly what’s on their minds. The two students, junior Caitlin Burnett and sophomore … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Letter: Plan for Whately

Monday, November 10, 2014

The issue of consolidating town offices has been debated for long enough. The best solution available NOW is for the town of Whately to purchase the Massachusetts Library Building in OUR industrial park. Using the asking price and adding funds for interior renovations would cost the average taxpayer … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Kulik keeps seat in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, had won easy re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, … 0

Trial begins for Whately strip club owner

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WHATELY — The sexual harassment trial in a civil suit against a Whately strip club owner is underway in federal court. The lawsuit was filed by a female bartender in 2012 against Demetrios Konstantopoulos, owner of the Castaway Lounge on Routes 5 and 10. The jury trial began … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Where’s money coming from? Korpita and Kulik have very different funding sources

Friday, October 31, 2014

There’s no question: Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even a largely rural legislative domain like the 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The contest between 35-year-old Republican … 0