Whately

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 in front of Center School. Adelia Bardwell, the society’s president, said visitors will be able to listen to the musical stylings of … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. The annual Franklin County Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Oct. 5 from … 0

Whately seeks mediation to revisit Town Hall renovation

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WHATELY — Four months after it was struck down during the town elections, the Municipal Building Committee is once again trying to garner support for a proposed renovation of the Town Hall building. According to Selectman Paul Newlin, the committee voted at its last meeting to ask the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration … 0

A river wild: Whately struggles to protect its drinking water

Friday, August 15, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has pulled out the big guns in its ongoing struggle to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they erode and expose two wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. Claiming that it has reached an impasse with the state … 0

Crew returns after fighting massive western fire

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — Four wildland firefighters from southern Franklin County have returned from the West Coast, where they have been part of a crew battle a massive forest fire outside of Leavenworth, Wash.. The firefighters — Jesse Hanacek of … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club still needs help to save building

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. A while back, I told you that the Girls Club of Greenfield was on a campaign to raise money to save Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden. Well, it has raised $2,000 so far. It began a coin can fundraiser earlier this year, hoping … 0

Whately admin. bids adieu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WHATELY — After nine years as Whately’s Town Administrator Lynn Sibley has decided to move on. As of Friday, Sibley will take a new job as Shelburne treasurer. She said she will continue to work as Whately’s town clerk. “I’m trying to simplify my life a little bit, … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Regional EMS makes third try at library building

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHATELY — For the third time, South County’s new regional ambulance service is exploring the possibility of purchasing the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System’s building in Whately to use as its permanent base of operations. At its meeting … 0

Whately ZBA approves Bayer expansion

Friday, August 8, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastics company Bayer MaterialScience has cleared a hurdle in its quest to expand its factory. The Whately Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for the expansion and granted a variance for the building’s height Thursday night. Now, the company must receive approval of its … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0