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Tea Guys of Whately owes $2M for breach of contract, judge rules
04-15-2024 9:41 AM

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...

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Housing bylaw coming to Whately Town Meeting
04-08-2024 11:11 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
03-30-2024 11:42 AM

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 Select Board opted last week to let the school’s Visioning Committee flesh out...


Amid lukewarm response to sale proposals, Whately committee seeks leeway on plan for historic school
03-17-2024 10:01 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Having received two responses to a request for proposals 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...


Whately town admin duties to be split in interim as officials seek new hire
03-08-2024 9:56 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the departure of its town administrator earlier this week, Whately is now being led by two interim leaders.The Select Board last month opted to appoint longtime municipal servant Lynn Sibley and former Scituate Town Administrator and...


Marianne Preger-Simon: Republicans, Putin and the southern border 
02-18-2024 1:40 PM

The Republicans’ demand that we deprive Ukraine of financial and armament support unless we also spend a large amount of money on closing our southern border is the equivalent of creating a massive hurricane to address a house on fire.If Putin takes...


Whately town administrator takes job in Hampden
02-17-2024 5:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the impending departure of Town Administrator Brian Domina, the Selectboard is planning to find an interim solution while the town undergoes the extended process of finding a permanent replacement.Domina, who has served as Whately’s...


Study for new South County Senior Center yet to be completed as deadline looms
02-10-2024 5:50 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Despite the South County Senior Center’s three member towns having received a $75,000 grant in December 2022 to conduct a feasibility study on the South Deerfield Congregational Church to see if it could serve as the center’s long-term home, a study...


Whately seeks input as master planning process begins
02-07-2024 10:27 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — As the town prepares to undertake its master planning process to chart out Whately’s next 15 years, it is seeking residents’ input for phase one.With the last update to the town’s master plan coming in 2011, Whately, in partnership with the...


Whately Selectboard loosens police detail requirements at Club Castaway
02-04-2024 1:21 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Following several check-ins, the Select Board has opted to loosen Club Castaway’s police detail requirements to just Friday and Saturday nights.When the club reopened in October, the board opted to require a police detail each Thursday,...


As solar array and battery storage debate heats up, Whately backs municipal zoning bill
01-23-2024 10:24 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Joining several neighboring communities in the Pioneer Valley, Whately’s Select Board has signaled its support to write a letter to the Legislature advocating for legislation that could allow municipalities more control over solar energy...


New South County EMS chief starts Feb. 5
01-15-2024 9:49 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With the Deerfield Selectboard’s vote Wednesday afternoon and contract signatures delivered Friday, South County EMS will welcome Auburn Fire Department EMS Coordinator Joshua Sparks as its second-ever chief.Sparks, 48, who has a...


Committee set to review Whately Center School sale proposals
01-01-2024 9:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With two purchase proposals submitted for the former Whately Center School, the Select Board has convened a review committee to provide a recommendation on which one to accept.After years of trying to determine the future of the nearly...


Whately voters endorse Highway Garage study, prepping old school for sale
11-30-2023 9:47 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Just over a dozen residents joined the Select Board and other town officials Tuesday night to approve all seven articles on the special Town Meeting warrant. In their approval, 13 residents authorized the town to undertake a feasibility...


Club Castaway in Whately required to keep police detail through Feb. 4
11-22-2023 10:04 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Weekend police details will continue to be required at Club Castaway at least through Feb. 4, as the town and business continue to build a relationship.When the strip club’s current owners took over in 2019, the Selectboard at that time...


Guest columnist Ruth Leahey: Can’t thank veterans enough
11-20-2023 6:28 PM

By RUTH LEAHEY

On Nov. 9, the Whately Grange presented a Quilt of Valor and many Patriots Awards to local veterans from Hatfield, Williamsburg, Buckland and other area towns.The handmade Quilt of Valor quilt was presented to retired U.S. Air Force Col. Marcus J....


Court, customers search for owner of Tea Guys in Whately
11-16-2023 10:43 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

WHATELY — The owner of Tea Guys in Whately is in hot water for not shipping products to paying customers and failing to respond to Franklin County Superior Court matters.Oliver Rich is being sued by Zest Tea LLC, a Baltimore company that alleges...


Whately seeks to sell former school; future of milk bottle to be determined
11-14-2023 12:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — After nearly half a year of waiting, the town has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that will help decide the future of the former Whately Center School.The RFP seeks a buyer for the 113-year-old building on Chestnut Plain Road, but the...


Famous comedy duo meets customers at Cheech & Chong’s Dispensoria in Whately
11-13-2023 3:25 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

WHATELY — A visit from two special guests highlighted Saturday’s official rebranding of three Pioneer Valley marijuana dispensaries.Happy Feelings stores in Whately, Greenfield and Northampton became Cheech & Chong’s Dispensorias last weekend....


Motorists warned as vehicle-deer collisions rise
11-12-2023 3:29 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

With deer activity peaking as they move into their breeding season, officials are warning motorists to be careful to avoid colliding with the wandering ruminants, particularly during the evening commute.Vehicle-deer collisions in Massachusetts are...


Cheech and Chong launching three local cannabis shops, will visit Whately on Saturday
11-08-2023 4:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — A few months after opening and with business booming, the existing Happy Feelings dispensary brand is going up in smoke on Saturday, with two familiar faces becoming the face of the company’s three stores.Next weekend, Happy Feelings stores...

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