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Whately Planning Board to hear Bayer expansion plans

Friday, July 25, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastic film company Bayer MaterialScience is moving forward on expansion plans for its Whately factory. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Whately Town Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Bayer’s proposal for its 8 Fairview Way facility. The addition would be approximately 94,485 square feet — to accommodate additional employees and production lines. The company’s expansion plans have been somewhat controversial. Earlier this … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge of any situation ... and for his role-model status among new department personnel. Seaholm, who … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Inn named one of “best” by Yankee Magazine

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We live in such a wonderful area, with some of the best restaurants, motels, attractions and events, and many of them have been chosen by Yankee Magazine as “best.” This year, it’s the Deerfield Inn that … 0

Annual Bike Week rolls in Saturday

Thursday, May 8, 2014

As sure as tulips and native asparagus, a true sign of spring in Franklin County is bicycling — and the annual bike week celebration, which occurs next week. Bike Week, part of a statewide bicycling celebration partnership between … 0

Summer hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The summer schedule is about to begin for the regional household hazardous waste drop-off sites around the county. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain, and Conway. Any resident in a town belonging to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District may use these locations to dispose … 0

Dubrule eyes Second Congressional District seat

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Daniel D. Dubrule, who challenged Democratic incumbent Stephen Brewer for his Senate seat in 2010, plans to run again, this time as an independent seeking Democratic incumbent James McGovern’s Second Congressional District seat. Dubrule, a 46-year-old retired state … 0

South County ambulance service changes name

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For now, the new paramedic ambulance service in southern Franklin County will be known as the Medical Authority of South County. The name South County Emergency Medical Service was informally used during the transition process. Ambulance service Chief Zachary Smith said, “The Board of Oversight … 0

Neighbors: This week filled with events and activities

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have so much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. WISHING WILES WE WORK Relay for Life Team will hold a spaghetti, sausage and homemade meatballs dinner on Wednesday at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St. in Greenfield … 0

10 local teachers win awards

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ten Franklin County teachers will receive Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards on Tuesday to commemorate their impact on children. The awards, given out annually since 2003, honor 140 teachers from 35 different communities for their commitment to children in their schools. Franklin and Hampshire County recipients, nominated … 0

Old Sunderland firehouse home of the South County EMS?

Friday, May 2, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The old Sunderland fire house on North Main Street has been proposed as a housing option for the ambulance rigs of the South County Emergency Medical Service. Sunderland would charge the regional paramedic service “next to … 0

Neighbors: Buddy Baseball celebrates 20 years

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. It was 20 years ago that our neighbor Pam Roberts, along with her son Thomas, approached the Greenfield Recreation Department with the idea of offering a baseball program to children with disabilities. Christy Moore, the town’s … 0

Structural support

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WHATELY — The town passed its first major hurdle toward rehabilitating and expanding one of the state’s oldest town hall buildings still in use. At Tuesday’s annual town meeting, voters supported the $3.9 million project to preserve, expand … 0