Whately

Whately deadlocks on consensus building

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHATELY — Voters this week deadlocked over a plan to spend money on consensus building. Town Moderator Paul Fleuriel had to break at 23-23 tie at a special town meeting Tuesday to approve spending $10,000 to hold a series of meetings and public forums about what should be done to improve the town hall building. The town will use the money to hire Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, a state … 0

Letter: A matter of choice

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Casinos have open doors. You can just walk in, but you don’t have to. If you are inside and you wish to leave, the door is right there as well. As the law now states, you are free to come and go. Certain people want to restrict our freedom. This approach seems quite unkind as opposed to a tolerant live-and-let-live attitude. One group … 0

South County towns to host drive-through flu clinic Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — Fast food? Try fast flu shots. That’s what the towns of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will be offering their residents this coming Sunday during a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in the parking lot of Yankee Candle’s headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This year’s clinic, which will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., is the ninth annual, … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

Mass. State Lottery winning tickets sold in Greenfield, Whately unclaimed and set to expire

Friday, August 22, 2014

Somewhere, maybe forgotten in the inside pocket of a rarely-worn suit coat or stuck between the pages of an old magazine, is a lot of money. Two significant lottery prizes from tickets sold in Franklin County remain unclaimed, with one set to expire next week and the other … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

Whately board continues Bayer review for 2nd time

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately Planning Board’s site plan review of a proposed expansion at thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s factory in the industrial park has once again been continued. According to board member Judy Markland, the hearing will continue Sept. 30 to allow more time for officials to review … 0

Staying healthy in the fields

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — For seven years, Barrington Lewis has travelled from Jamaica to Deerfield to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 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