Whately

Whately asked to approve capital projects

Monday, April 14, 2014

WHATELY — Nine projects worth $312,610 could give the town a new emergency generator and lighting at the school, a dump truck with a sander and a barrier gate and fence at Herhily Park. Townspeople will be asked to approve the money at annual town meeting on April 29 at 7 p.m. The projects are recommended by the selectmen and Capital Planning Committee. The projects are long overdue, having been … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0

Franklin County Tech School to host community college panel Wednesday

Monday, February 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School will host its first ever community college panel discussion Wednesday night, and the public is invited to attend. Originally developed as an informational event for the school’s upperclassmen and parents, school officials decided to expand it for the entire community, said … 0

State again offers wood stove rebates

Sunday, February 23, 2014

WHATELY ­— The state is preparing to spend $1 million to help residents replacing inefficient wood stoves with healthier, higher-efficiency models. The program, first launched as a pilot last winter, provides vouchers of $750 or $2,000 to Massachusetts … 0

1 killed in I-91 rollover

Sunday, February 23, 2014

WHATELY — A 56-year-old Greenfield man was killed when his SUV rolled over on Interstate 91 Saturday morning. Robert E. Sweeney of Conway Street was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash. The single-car accident happened at … 0

Happy 90th birthday Irmarie Jones

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are now fewer than 30 days from the beginning of spring. Soon, the ground will begin to thaw — though it’s difficult to believe right now — and temperatures will warm as birds begin to … 0

Pioneer property plan to be presented Sunday

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — There are big plans for the Pioneer Valley Regional School property, and you can hear about them straight from the source Sunday. John Lepore, a Bernardston resident and former Pioneer science teacher, has authored an all-encompassing … 0

Regional EMS back in play for buying library building in Whately

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WHATELY — The possibility of basing the South County Emergency Medical Service at the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building is back on the table. Executive Director Gregory Pronevitz of the Massachusetts Library System said recent talks with … 0

Several towns set Democratic caucus dates starting tonight

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There are still several Franklin County towns that will see town Democratic Party caucuses in coming days. The caucuses are to elect delegates and alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. Any town resident who is registered as a … 0

Whately school seeks 2.5% budget hike

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately School Committee wants to spend an extra $38,040 for next school year than it did this year. The committee has proposed a $1,555,166 budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which is a 2.51 percent increase over the current academic year. It will hold a public … 0