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The Whately Milk Bottle sits in front of the old Whately Center School on Wednesday along Chestnut Plain Road. Recorder/Micky Bedell

A stroll down history lane

Monday, September 1, 2014

WHATELY — Did you know that the milk bottle in Whately center was once a dairy bar on Routes 5 and 10? Or that there was once a general store at the Whately Inn? On Sept. 6, the Whately Historical Society will host a guided tour up and down Chestnut Plain Road, during which participants will learn about the history, … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed … 0

In letter, MassDEP seeks to refute Whately’s ‘obstructionist’ charges

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHATELY — After being labeled “obstructionists” by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s western regional office has sent a letter to the town of Whately in an attempt to set the record straight. The letter, signed by Brian Harrington, deputy director of the regional office, was … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Gun, knife, cellphone figure in Whately road rage incident

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WHATELY — A Connecticut man faces several firearms charges after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver in a road rage incident. James Martin, 36, of Manchester, Conn., pleaded innocent to charges of assault with a handgun, carrying a loaded handgun without a license, unlicensed possession of a … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Whately Town Hall renovation addition planning back to drawing board

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WHATELY — Will Whately’s town hall expansion plan go back to the drawing board or just go away? After 2½ years of pushing for a $3.9 million town hall renovation and expansion, the Municipal Building Committee was unexpectedly stopped in its tracks Tuesday when voters said “no” to … 0

Whately rejects Town Hall project

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WHATELY — After overwhelmingly supporting the project at town meeting this year, townspeople changed their minds at the last minute, voting down the $3.9 million Town Hall project. Sixty-one percent of townspeople voted Tuesday against a debt exclusion … 0