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Two Vermonters arrested in highway heroin bust

Friday, October 9, 2015

WHATELY — Two Vermonters, one of whom reportedly offered to help police set up a drug bust in exchange for his release during his arrest, are facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 91 Thursday night. Michael S. Waters, 30, of Bennington, Vt., was arrested around 1:48 p.m. after state police pulled him over on Interstate 91 for weaving in and out of lanes in a Nissan Altima … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And … 0

Deerfield, SCEMS discuss second housing option; Whately not pleased

Thursday, October 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A second possible home for the three-town South County ambulance service has emerged — much to the surprise of Whately. Deerfield’s Board of Selectmen met Wednesday night with members of South County EMS Board of Oversight to discuss a second option for the ambulance base, but opted to conduct the … 1

Police: Deerfield man nearly crashed into cruiser

Friday, August 21, 2015

WHATELY — A South Deerfield man was arrested in the Club Castaway’s parking lot after police say he almost hit a police cruiser while driving drunk. Thomas D. Utterback, 53, was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and obstructing a … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

New school year, new schedule at Frontier

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they’ll notice some changes to their usual schedule. Students will be released an hour and a half early … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Civil War gravestones slated for repair

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WHATELY — More than 120 men from Whately fought in the American Civil War, according Ena Cane’s 1972 history of the town, and 23 of them gave their lives to it. Some of those soldiers found their final … 0

Whately rollover sends man to hospital

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WHATELY — A man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a rollover accident on Interstate 91 Sunday, according to state police. The accident occurred at about 3:48 p.m. on the southbound lanes of the highway in Whately. The man was the driver and sole occupant. … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Fire destroys historic Athol barn; Whately sees downed lines from storm

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ATHOL — “I heard it and I felt it and happened to look out and see the corner of the barn was on fire,” said Maria Vitello of the lightning strike that destroyed the family barn next door … 0