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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

Whately will ask voters for money to fix historic window

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines, according to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski: one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s historic Town Hall was smashed as well. Though the town was planning to replace some … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 0

Brief, but powerful: Deerfield residents recount Tuesday’s microburst

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — Moira Megargee of Deerfield could see the storm coming as she worked in her garden on Hillside Road Tuesday evening. She figured she’d have a bit more time to finish up before the rain hit. What … 0

Deerfield hit by microburst; Whately also sees damage

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The National Weather Service has confirmed a microburst hit South Deerfield on Tuesday. The microburst produced straight line wind damage just before 5 p.m. The service said the estimated path length was just short of half a mile. Deerfield Police reported Hillside Road closed via social media around … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, … 0

Whately mulls tobacco sales age hike

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WHATELY — Following the example of other nearby Franklin and Hampshire County towns, Whately’s Board of Health will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss revisions to the town’s bylaws designed to make it harder for young people … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0