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A selection of flavored cigars, chewing tobacco and “E-Juice” for vaporizers are seen at The Enthusiast in Greenfield.
Whately’s proposed tobacco regulations would ban the sale of such products, except at smoke shops or “tobacco bars.” Similar regulations passed earlier this year in Greenfield go into effect today.
Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

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 gymnasium. If the revisions are adopted, Whately … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

Letter: Buyer beware

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sometimes when something looks too good to be true, it is. The idea that Whately can get “move-in ready” town offices at the western Massachusetts Regional Library Building for a $65/year increase on the typical tax bill is one such. The building is not move-in ready for town … 0

Whately to consider pipeline resolution, library building purchase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHATELY — Whately may join the western Massachusetts towns standing against the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline if townspeople adopt a resolution opposing the project at annual town meeting Tuesday night. The meeting starts at 7 … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and … 0

Whately plans to redesign Egypt Road

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHATELY — The town plans to purchase a 0.1-acre plot of land on the corner of Egypt and State roads and redesign the intersection to make it easier for trucks to take right turns. According to Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski, trucks currently tend to take up both lanes … 0

Petition article will ask Whately voters to buy library building

Monday, April 20, 2015

WHATELY — After a last-minute petition effort, townspeople will be asked to approve buying the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the Whately Industrial Park for $815,000 during the town’s April 28 town meeting. The building has … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0