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The fireworks display at Beacon Field in front of Poet's Seat Tower Sunday July 5. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt field and watched — a little away from the more-crowded Beacon Field and the field behind the middle school, though there had to be at least 500 people at Lunt. From the time the first shell rose into the clear night sky above Poet’s Seat Tower to the last of what can only be described as a spectacular finale, there was no time for boredom. For a … 0

Whately health board to up tobacco sales age

Friday, July 3, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s Board of Health plans to adopt revisions to its tobacco sales regulations during its meeting July 15. During a public hearing Wednesday night, Chairman Francis Fortino said two residents spoke in favor of the policy. With the changes, Whately will join Greenfield, Montague, Leverett and Gill in raising the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. Whately’s … 0

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 … 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

Whately locks in Frontier budget, OK’s money for library building

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WHATELY — The Frontier Regional School’s budget will see no increase next year after Whately voters joined Deerfield and Sunderland in backing the administration’s original, level-funded budget. The vote, taken at Whately’s annual town meeting, rejected the regional … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 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