Whately

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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to the changing needs of our community over the years. Ed is leaving shortly after completing … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0

Whately to buy regional library building for town offices, EMS station

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s Board of Selectmen has signed a purchase and sale agreement with the Massachusetts Library System to purchase the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the town’s industrial park. The town will pay $810,000 for … 0

FRTA discusses disabled bus access

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — At a recent hearing, the public, with members of the Transit Advisory Committee of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, briefly discussed the state-required Comprehensive Service Analysis and brought up concerns that may affect disabled riders. Before the meeting concluded, Whately resident Barbara Orloski and her husband … 0

Making regional transport accessible: Plan increases focus on rail, bike, pedestrian

Monday, July 13, 2015

If the hot-air balloons that were part of this weekend’s Green River Festival got you thinking about alternative travel modes, you may want to look at one of two regional transportation plans now in the works that emphasize … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor collecting for other youngsters

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our young neighbor Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, who is a sophomore at Stoneleigh Burnham School, is currently working on an independent community service project through the school. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Comfort Wagon Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Seven comfort wagons … 0

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

Brief, but powerful: Deerfield residents recount Tuesday’s microburst

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — Moira Megargee of Deerfield could see the storm coming as she worked in her garden on Hillside Road Tuesday evening. She figured she’d have a bit more time to finish up before the rain hit. What … 0