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Political newcomer challenging incumbent for Whately Selectboard seat
06-08-2024 5:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Selectboard Chair Fred Baron is facing a challenge from political newcomer but longtime Pioneer Valley resident Joshua Harris in the only contested race on Tuesday’s election ballot.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 8...

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$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-15-2024 3:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Voters will be asked to consider a $6.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and a slew of capital projects at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held outside Whately Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The $6.4 million...


Incumbent retains Whately Selectboard seat for second term
06-12-2024 12:54 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Selectboard Chair Fred Baron emerged victorious in Tuesday’s election, defeating political newcomer Joshua Harris in the town’s only contested race on the ballot, 205-109.Voter turnout was 30.8%, as 325 of the town’s 1,055 registered voters...


Whately Selectboard considers easing Club Castaway’s police detail requirement long-term
06-12-2024 10:47 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Club Castaway can continue to operate without a police detail on Thursdays for at least two more weeks, while the Selectboard considers dropping the Thursday night requirement on a more long-term basis.The board has been easing the strip...


After alleged violations, Whately Selectboard bans owner from licensing dog for 5 years
06-11-2024 3:16 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Following a litany of alleged violations of a 2023 order and conditions on a dangerous dog, the Selectboard ordered that its owner cannot license a dog in Massachusetts for five years.With Police Chief James Sevigne Jr. laying out “numerous...


Deerfield Selectboard picks company for South County Senior Center feasibility study
06-11-2024 2:54 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a grant extension in hand, the Deerfield Selectboard has selected edmSTUDIO, a Unionville, Connecticut-based architecture firm, to conduct a feasibility study to help the South County Senior Center determine an optimal site for...


South County Notebook: June 5, 2024
06-04-2024 2:52 PM

Friends of Deerfield and Deerfield 350th Committee burying time capsule SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Friends of Deerfield and the town’s 350th Committee are burying a 350th anniversary time capsule on Saturday, June 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the South Deerfield...


State grant to bring additional van to South County Senior Center
06-01-2024 1:45 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Thanks to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation grant, the South County Senior Center will one day be able to say it has a fleet of vehicles.The regional senior center serving Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately received $90,800 to...


McGovern urges Frontier grads to ‘make good trouble’
05-31-2024 8:47 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With so much happening in the world — a pandemic, wars and countless other issues at home and abroad — it’s natural to want to block out the noise, but Congressman Jim McGovern urged the 96 Frontier Regional School graduates Friday...


Ruth Leahey: Recorder’s Memorial Day coverage appreciated
05-30-2024 4:03 PM

I, as the coordinator of the event and the people who helped, am blown away with the expert Memorial Day weekend coverage and photography your newspaper did. Thank you!In a brief conversation with local photographer Christopher Evans, I explained I...


CISA’s first Pedal to Pasture event offers ‘a unique way to learn about farms’
05-30-2024 11:45 AM

By SAM FERLAND

HATFIELD — Bicyclists will be able to savor the local scenery while learning about the struggles farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are facing as they pedal a flat 12-mile loop on a guided tour of three different farms.This is the first year that...


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...


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...

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