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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 against the farm under the federal Clean … 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

Whately mulls tobacco sales age hike

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WHATELY — Following the example of other nearby Franklin and Hampshire County towns, Whately’s Board of Health will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss revisions to the town’s bylaws designed to make it harder for young people to obtain tobacco products. The hearing starts at 6 p.m. in the Whately Elementary School … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Conway withholds money for long-range Frontier study

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — The Conway Grammar School proved a fitting setting for the town’s annual town meeting Monday night, where voters spurned a move they felt could jeopardize local control of their school. Voters rejected a Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 request for money to pay for … 0

Letter: Whately vote

Friday, May 8, 2015

I want to apologize to our neighboring towns. At Whately’s annual town meeting, we were unable to muster a “yes” vote to oppose the Tennessee Gas pipeline. The vote was close, many wanted to support our fellow towns and neighbors in the 16 communities currently slated to have … 0

Mother’s Day half-marathon

Thursday, May 7, 2015

WHATELY — If there was one thing that could get you running as a child, it was probably the sound of your mother’s voice, whether it was running toward her to eat the bowl of macaroni and cheese she’d prepared for lunch or to comfort a scraped knee. … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0

Whately OK’s money for library building

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WHATELY — After 90 minutes of debate, town residents have voted overwhelmingly to spend $815,000 to buy the Western Massachusetts Regional Library Building in the town’s Industrial Park as long as a debt exclusion vote passes at the town’s elections in June. The request was placed on Tuesday’s … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0