Whately

Letter: Buyer beware

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sometimes when something looks too good to be true, it is. The idea that Whately can get “move-in ready” town offices at the western Massachusetts Regional Library Building for a $65/year increase on the typical tax bill is one such. The building is not move-in ready for town offices. The office area has only 55 percent of the space needed, there aren’t enough offices, and the office layouts don’t necessarily … 0

Whately to consider pipeline resolution, library building purchase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHATELY — Whately may join the western Massachusetts towns standing against the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline if townspeople adopt a resolution opposing the project at annual town meeting Tuesday night. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Whately Elementary School. The resolution states that the town formally opposes the project … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at their town … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

Whately farmer violated labor laws again

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHATELY — Sidney Chang, the owner of Chang & Sons Enterprises bean sprout farm on River Road, has been found to have violated federal minimum wage laws for a second time and has been ordered to pay over $73,000 in back wages to six of his employees. In … 0

Frontier district looks to towns to supplant lost grant money

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — With loss of a grant for Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools to study possible consolidation of town services into unused school space, the district is now looking to its four member towns to help pay for the project. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett, Deerfield, Sunderland, … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Love blooms

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WHATELY — Roses for your Valentine? How conventional. Why not surprise your love with a bouquet of an unusual flower that is also fragrant? Freesias have long been used for perfume and to scent soaps and lotions. These … 0

What’s in the cards for Whately’s DiMiao property?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WHATELY — For years, the outline of a parking lot and the last remnants of a building’s foundation have been the only occupants of a vacant lot across the street from Zononi’s Auto Repair on State Road. Soon, … 0