Whately

A hot air balloon had to make an emergency landing on Interstate 91 in Whately Saturday evening. Photo courtesy of Dorothea Wrobel

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on I-91

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons less so. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after dropping her daughter off at college when she spotted an orange hot air balloon drifting over the highway and snapped a picture. … 1

Government change means Whately water’s manganese level too high

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHATELY — Whately residents are being advised to use alternative sources of water for feeding infants because manganese in the public drinking water here exceeds new government health standards. The amount of the mineral in the town water hasn’t increased, but levels considered safe by the government have been lowered in recent months, prompting the advisory for the first time in the Whately … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0

Regional EMS makes third try at library building

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHATELY — For the third time, South County’s new regional ambulance service is exploring the possibility of purchasing the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System’s building in Whately to use as its permanent base of operations. At its meeting … 0

Whately ZBA approves Bayer expansion

Friday, August 8, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastics company Bayer MaterialScience has cleared a hurdle in its quest to expand its factory. The Whately Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for the expansion and granted a variance for the building’s height Thursday night. Now, the company must receive approval of its … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Good report from South County EMS

Friday, August 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County’s new regional ambulance service has been operational for one month and Chief Zachary Smith, the service’s director, says things are running smoothly so far. Smith appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen this … 0

Farm-to-table dinner on the farm tonight

Friday, August 1, 2014

WHATELY — Imagine an on-the-farm dinner that benefits Community Involved Sustaining Agriculture ... tonight. The second annual “In the Fields Under the Stars” dinner at Enterprise Farm, 72 River Road, will begin at 5 p.m. with a wine-and-cheese hour and live music by “Milk Bottle,” followed by a … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

Whately shines on

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — A new solar energy installation in Whately has officially gone live. Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune of the Board of Selectmen praised the completion of the solar farm at its official inauguration Thursday, saying, “It’s times like … 0

Whately solar installation goes live July 31

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s newest solar installation on Long Plain Road goes live July 31 and a ceremony to celebrate the opening will be held at 1:30 p.m at Fairview Farms. The 8,129-panel ground-mounted array was installed by North Andover-based solar developer Nexamp and will produce 2.4 megawatts of … 0