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Chestnut Plain Road in Whately. Recorder/Micky Bedell

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 participants will learn about the history, architecture … 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 the regional office, was written in response to a letter the Select Board sent to … 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 is expected be signed at the board’s next meeting. The resolution states the town’s opposition … 0

Whately Zoning Board of Appeals approves special permit for Bayer MaterialScience expansion

Friday, August 8, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastics company Bayer MaterialScience has cleared a hurdle in its quest to expand its factory. The Whately Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for the expansion and granted a variance for the building’s height Thursday night. Now, the company must receive approval of its … 0

Frontier beats Northampton, claims 12U Suburban League softball championship

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

HADLEY — Early runs led the Frontier 12-and-under softball team to the program’s first Suburban League championship with a 7-5 win over Northampton on Wednesday at Hopkins Academy. “This is the furthest Frontier has gone in 12U. Last … 0

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly … 0

South Hadley pulls away from Deerfield late, wins Mickey Mantle championship

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — In what was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel through six innings, South Hadley’s offense eventually came around and put up five runs in the top of the seventh to seal its Mickey Mantle Pioneer … 0

Whately firm faces further review for expansion

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board stopped short Tuesday night of approving local thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s site plan for a proposed expansion of its factory in the town’s industrial park. Instead, the board decided to continue the public hearing on Aug. 19, citing a lack of response to … 0

Large-scale solar project debuts at Fairview Farms in Whately

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s newest solar installation on Long Plain Road went live Thursday with a ceremony at Fairview Farms. The 8,129-panel ground-mounted array was installed by North Andover-based solar developer Nexamp and will produce 2.4 megawatts of electricity annually. According to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement … 0

Deerfield routs rivals, championship bound

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DEERFIELD — In a Mickey Mantle semifinal showdown between rivals Deerfield and Frontier, Deerfield emphatically advanced to the championship with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory at Deerfield Academy’s Headmaster Field on Wednesday. Deerfield was led by a strong team … 0

Ruddock, Ames keep Post 81 alive

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SUDBURY — In a game of missed opportunities to score runs for Greenfield Post 81, Niko Ames came through when it counted. The Post 81 shortstop blasted a two-out, bases-clearing double with the bags full in the top … 0

Weekend round: South Hadley, Frontier Mantle; Easthampton Metro advance in tournies

Monday, July 28, 2014

A wild weekend of Mickey Mantle Tournament action concluded with three teams still in the running for the championship. Along with top seed Deerfield are No. 4 South Hadley (16-8) and darkhorse No. 8 Frontier (8-15). The final game on Sunday was postponed due to the morning rain. … 0

Deerfield Mantle stays alive, knocks out Easthampton

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — Led by an offensive outbreak in which eight of their nine starters recorded a hit, Deerfield defeated Easthampton 10-2 in a Mickey Mantle Tournament elimination game Sunday afternoon. Seth Gewanter spearheaded the Deerfield offense, going 3 … 0