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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Rudi Esteban sorts out potatoes at Szawlowski Potoato Farm in Hatfield Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

After six weeks without orders, area farms thrilled to be shipping produce again to Market Basket

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WHATELY — Gary Gemme, co-owner of Harvest Farm in Whately, said he got the call last week that he has been waiting on for six weeks. It was from a buyer for Market Basket, looking to order cabbage, kale and collard greens to fill the supermarket shelves that have been empty since mid-July due to a workers’ strike that ended … 0

Tuesday’s high schools: Tara Cole wins 100th as South Hadley field hockey upends Westfield

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hannah Menard scored a goal and assisted twice as the South Hadley field hockey team began the season at Westfield with a 4-2 win, the 100th in the coaching career of Tara Cole. Taylor Guertin (assist), Kate O’Neill and Julia Gagne each added a tally for South Hadley, while Brittany Cote made nine saves. “It’s obviously exciting to reach a milestone like 100 … 0

Whately Historical Society sponsors tour of town’s old ‘Main Street’

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WHATELY — Did you know that the milk bottle in Whately center was once a dairy bar on Routes 5 and 10? Or that there was once a general store at the Whately Inn? The Whately Historical Society will host a guided tour up and down Chestnut Plain Road on Saturday, during which … 0

Dispute continues between Whately, state Department of Environmental Protection over water issue

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHATELY — After being labeled “obstructionists” by the Select Board earlier this month, the Massachusetts western regional office of the Department of Environmental Protection has sent a letter to the town in an attempt to set the record straight. The letter, signed by Brian Harrington, deputy director of … 0

Whately latest Valley community to adopt resolution opposing unrestricted use of drones

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHATELY — Whately is the latest western Massachusetts community to oppose the unrestricted use of drone aircraft over its boundaries. The Select Board has voted to adopt a nonbinding resolution opposing activity by drones that would violate personal privacy and the property rights of town residents. The document … 0

Unsuccessful applicant for medical marijuana license in Franklin County sues state

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public … 0

Two unclaimed winning lottery tickets sold in Franklin County near expiration dates

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Somewhere, maybe forgotten in the inside pocket of a rarely-worn suit coat or stuck between the pages of an old magazine, is a lot of money. Two significant lottery prizes from tickets sold in Franklin County remain unclaimed, with one scheduled to expire next week and the other … 0

School Lunch Menus

Friday, August 22, 2014

Amherst-Pelham THURSDAY: Soft beef taco, corn, pineapple cup, green grapes, garden side salad, pinto beans FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, garden side salad, cantaloupe cup, broccoli, peach cup Belchertown WEDNESDAY: HS: Bean and cheese quesadillas, rice, black bean and corn salad, Caesar salad, cookie, fresh fruit or pasta bar with … 0

Whately Planning Board delays review of expansion by Bayer MaterialScience

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board has continued until next month its review of a proposed expansion at thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s factory in the industrial park. Board member Judy Markland said the hearing will resume Sept. 30 to allow more time for officials to review changes that have … 0

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers take advantage of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — Barrington Lewis has traveled from Jamaica to Deerfield for seven years to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits … 0

Curriculum coordination, professional development the focus for Frontier Regional, Union 28 schools this year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district will have new staff and programs while emphasizing professional development and increased collaboration among the schools and district towns this year. “Last year, we spent a lot of time focusing on mandates from the state,” said Superintendent … 0

Whately Select Board accuses state Department of Environmental Protection with obstructing effort to stabilize banks of Mill River

Saturday, August 16, 2014

WHATELY — The Select Board is seeking help from two local legislators in a continuing struggle to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they erode and expose two wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. Claiming that it has reached an impasse … 0

Franklin County firefighters describe experience battling forest fire in Washington state

Friday, August 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Four wildland firefighters from southern Franklin County have returned from the West Coast, where they have been part of a crew that battled a massive forest fire outside Leavenworth, Washington. Jesse Hanacek of Whately, Greg Whittier … 0