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103-year-old World War II veteran honored during Whately’s Memorial Day event
05-26-2024 5:02 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WHATELY — While Whately’s annual Memorial Day parade came and went as is tradition on Sunday, this year’s proceedings marked a particularly special occasion for World War II veteran Walter Harubin.Harubin, 103, was honored as Whately’s oldest veteran...

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Fire officials: Whately’s Rainbow Motel fire was likely accidental
05-21-2024 5:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — While an exact cause is unknown, a joint investigation by the state Department of Fire Services and the Whately Fire Department has concluded the Rainbow Motel fire early Saturday morning was likely accidental.Department of Fire Services...


South County Notebook: May 18, 2024
05-17-2024 1:57 PM

Deerfield Lion’s Club donates $4,500 to South County EMS SOUTH DEERFIELD — In honor of the Deerfield Lions Club’s 78th birthday, the club has donated $4,500 to South County EMS, which allowed the agency to purchase four new medical bags.“We are really...


Bulky waste recycling event set for Saturday
05-08-2024 10:41 AM

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding a “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at three locations, including one new spot this year.Instead of the Northfield Highway Garage, the Erving...


New Whately town admin starts June 17
05-04-2024 12:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With contract negotiations complete, the community’s newest town administrator will be returning to the Pioneer Valley in June.Swampscott Assistant Town Administrator and Easthampton native Peter Kane will take the reins in Whately on June...


Deerfield candidates, Whately incumbent discuss issues with voters at South County Senior Center
05-03-2024 3:28 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Ahead of Monday’s Deerfield election and Whately’s June election, voters got a chance to speak with the Selectboard candidates about a swath of issues at the South County Senior Center on Friday.Seniors got a chance to talk taxes,...


Whately extends conditional job offer to Swampscott assistant admin
04-29-2024 11:54 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — After interviewing both town administrator finalists last week, the Selectboard voted to conditionally offer the role to Swampscott’s current assistant town administrator, pending a background check and successful contract negotiations.Peter...


Araceli Katalin McCoy: Why we should change the voting age to 16
04-28-2024 10:44 PM

Speaking as a Frontier student, if I think of a perfect political voting system, I think of everyone having a voice and fighting for what they believe in. I have a strong feeling that most of you feel the same way. With many people having the choice...


South County Notebook: April 27, 2024
04-26-2024 2:06 PM

Residents clean Upper Road in Deerfield DEERFIELD — Ahead of Earth Day’s town cleanup, a group of eight folks set out on Upper Road to help Greenfield Community College student Tom Alber complete his final project for the Outdoor Leadership Program.In...


Frontier Regional School students appeal to lower voting age
04-25-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

When Sunderland residents head to their Annual Town Meeting on Friday, they’ll vote on the town’s budget, some bylaw changes and a citizen’s petition with a unique twist, as the residents who brought the article forward can’t actually vote on...


Marianne Preger: Ode to harmony
04-22-2024 5:02 PM

From the river to the seaThere could be peace and harmonyTwo small countries hand in handCould make a rich and happy landFrom the river to the seaThat’s the way it ought to beBut local leaders must be soughtWhose goals cannot be boughtFor whom the...


Valley Bounty: Your soil will thank you: As garden season gets underway, Whately farm provides ‘black gold’ to many
04-19-2024 11:13 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“Compost is not soil, but it makes your soil better,” says Mike Mahar, owner of Bear Path Compost in Whately. “It adds life to it. If you’re going to take something out of the soil by harvesting, you should put something back in, and compost is...


South County Notebook: April 18, 2024
04-17-2024 1:09 PM

Last day to register to vote in Deerfield is April 19; Conway and Whately deadline on the horizon While the deadline to register to vote in Sunderland’s annual town election has passed, there is still time to register to vote in the three other...


Tea Guys of Whately owes $2M for breach of contract, judge rules
04-12-2024 4:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WHATELY — Tea Guys LLC must pay more than $2 million to a Baltimore tea company due to a breach of contract, a Franklin County Superior Court judge has ruled.The small business in Whately was sued last summer by Zest Tea LLC and had two bank accounts...


Frontier’s response to report of sexual misconduct on campus draws parents’ ire
04-10-2024 5:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Several parents and community members criticized the Frontier Regional School District Tuesday night for its lack of communication over alleged sexual misconduct on campus during school hours in March.Speaking during public comment...


South County Notebook: April 9, 2024
04-08-2024 2:37 PM

Sunday Speaker series continues at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Holy Family Roman Catholic Church’s Sunday Speaker series continues this Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., with “Mysteries of Fatima.” The presentation will be led...


Housing bylaw coming to Whately Town Meeting
03-30-2024 11:16 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — In an effort to promote housing diversity and affordability in town, the Planning Board is proposing a community housing bylaw that mirrors the state’s Chapter 40B process, while preserving local permit control.The board held a public...


Latest plan for Whately Center School opts to retain town ownership
03-27-2024 2:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the rejection of two reuse proposals that involved selling the building, the future of the Whately Center School is now back in the hands of the town, as the Selectboard opted on Tuesday to let the school’s Visioning Committee flesh out...


Amid lukewarm response to sale proposals, Whately committee seeks leeway on plan for historic school
03-14-2024 1:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Having received two responses to a request for proposals (RFP) for the sale of the Whately Center School, members of the Center School Visioning Committee are asking for more time to come up with an idea to retain the historic building.Jenny...


Conway puts potential South County Senior Center partnership on pause
03-14-2024 12:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — After a Council on Aging review and months of discussion, the town is putting the prospect of joining the South County Senior Center on hold for now.The main sticking point, Selectboard Chair Philip Kantor said, was there are too many...


Frontier School Committee approves $12.9M budget for FY25
03-08-2024 1:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Following its presentation earlier this week, the Frontier Regional School District School Committee approved a $12.9 million fiscal year 2025 budget on Thursday evening.The FY25 budget represents a 3.14%, or $395,037, increase over...

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