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Whately Water Commissioner Paul Fleuriel next to the failing sheet pilings and rip rap on the Mill River that is threatening the towns water supply.  Recorder/Paul Franz

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 written in direct response to a letter … 0

Whately selectmen pass anti-drone resolution

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has become the latest western Massachusetts town to publicly oppose the unrestricted use of drone aircraft within its boundaries. The Board of Selectmen voted at its last meeting to adopt a nonbinding resolution opposing activity by drones within town that it says would violate personal privacy and the property rights of town residents. The document will be signed at its … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and … 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

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0

Whately selectman says project support there

Sunday, June 8, 2014

WHATELY — Despite some concerns raised by some residents about the town hall expansion project, the Whately Municipal Building Committee says the majority of townspeople support the project they will be asked to vote on Tuesday. The Municipal Building Committee believes there is a lot of misinformation being … 0