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Wildlife Spotters: Hatfield elementary students tracking animal activity as part of science project
03-11-2024 1:15 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HATFIELD — If deer, bobcats or foxes are passing through their neighborhood, Hatfield Elementary School students have a new way of finding out.With the help of two Amherst College students and two Smith Academy eighth-graders, John Higuera and Ted...

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Annual town election in Hatfield to feature uncontested races
04-08-2024 12:49 PM

HATFIELD — Incumbents and a couple of newcomers, all in uncontested races, will make up the ballot for the May 21 town election.Edmund E. Jaworski Jr. is running for another three-year term on the Select Board, having been first elected to the...


Hatfield to seek $1.4M more for wastewater treatment plant upgrade, two years after TM OK’d $12M for project
04-04-2024 12:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $12 million upgrade to the town’s wastewater treatment plant is proceeding, but another $1.4 million is expected to be sought from town voters this spring to complete all aspects of the project.The Select Board Tuesday voted unanimously...


Hatfield Historical Society exhibit to focus on indentured servant children in 1700s
03-19-2024 12:31 PM

HATFIELD — The Hatfield Historical Society’s featured exhibit this year will focus on 10 children in need who became indentured servants with Hatfield families during the 18th century, as part of what was known as the Overseers of the Poor program.On...


Piano scarf gets its due: Needlework made by Hatfield resident in 1700s is on display at Washington, D.C. museum
03-10-2024 11:44 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A hand-woven linen known as a piano scarf, designed in the 18th century by a Hatfield woman with expertise in embroidery and then completed by three women over a period of 153 years, is on view this month at the Daughters of the American...


Grant approved, bids checked for $12M Hatfield sewer plant upgrade
03-06-2024 1:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, coupled with a $9.5 million 40-year loan, is providing the upfront funds for wastewater treatment plant upgrades expected to get underway this spring.Town officials announced...


Hatfield Planning Board to review Omasta Landscaping relocation plans
03-04-2024 11:53 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A Hadley landscaping business is planning to relocate to 137 North Hatfield Road, pending Planning Board approval of its site plans and a special permit for a new building and on-site storage of materials and equipment.The Planning Board...


Hatfield, cannabis manufacturer Treeworks ink new five-year community agreement
02-20-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A cannabis manufacturing and processing company will be allowed to continue its operations on Routes 5 and 10, with a new host community agreement in place and pledge from the business to make a $40,000 contribution to the town.Despite...


Housing among topics under review as Hatfield updates its comprehensive plan
02-10-2024 5:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Building more affordable and workforce housing, protecting farmland and making the town more resilient to flooding are among areas that could be prioritized as Hatfield undertakes a review of current town rules and regulations as part of...


Hatfield Housing Authority turns down $487K state grant to install mini-splits at elderly housing complex
01-27-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — The town’s housing authority is turning away nearly a half-million dollars in state money to install air source mini-splits at the 44 apartments at Capawonk Housing for the Elderly, noting that a majority of the people who live in the...


Nomination papers to run for office in Hatfield to be available Feb. 5
01-25-2024 8:41 AM

Staff Report

HATFIELD — Nomination forms to run for elective office in Hatfield at the May 21 annual town election will be available at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall starting Feb. 5.Following are the positions and the incumbents in those seats, according to...


Yankee Candle to close 1 distribution center in South Deerfield
01-09-2024 12:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACHand CHRIS LARRABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Yankee Candle is closing one of its three distribution sites in South Deerfield by the end of this year as Newell Brands, the candle maker’s parent company, moves ahead with consolidation plans.The company said an auxiliary warehouse...


Hatfield seeks new veterans agent, considers joining regional agency
01-07-2024 3:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A new veterans agent to assist Hatfield military veterans is being sought by town officials, as the possibility of a more permanent link up with the Central Hampshire Veterans Services in Northampton is considered.The Select Board’s...


Hatfield Holiday Luminarium set for Saturday
12-22-2023 3:06 PM

HATFIELD — Hatfield’s Holiday Luminarium, with luminarium candles lit throughout the community, and musical performances, a visit from Santa Claus and a fireworks display downtown, is being held Saturday evening.In its 43rd year, the luminarium...


Hatfield to explore ways to legalize golf cart travel on public streets
12-14-2023 2:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — An increasing number of people driving golf carts on Hatfield streets, to get to restaurants, stores and even summer concerts in town center, is prompting officials to consider action that would bring them into compliance with state law.“It...


Hatfield School Committee names Conor Driscoll interim schools chief 
11-22-2023 9:51 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Smith Academy Principal Conor Driscoll will become the interim superintendent for Hatfield’s public schools early in the new year when Superintendent Michael Wood retires.The Hatfield School Committee voted unanimously this week to appoint...


Hatfield officials frown on extending agreement with cannabis company Treeworks
11-19-2023 2:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — An extension of a five-year host community agreement with a cannabis manufacturing and processing company on Routes 5 and 10 could be in jeopardy as town officials informed a representative from Treeworks LLC that none of the terms of the...


Joe Lavallee: Column opens doors 
11-09-2023 3:13 PM

Thank you for the Nov. 7 column by Joanna Buoniconti [“Finding love with disability seems nearly imposssible”].Always inspiring and heartfelt as to the world many live in that we all too often are blind to. She always opens the door and mind to issues...


Mental health expert to join some police calls in Hatfield, Sunderland, Whately
11-05-2023 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A part-time behavioral health clinician is expected to soon join police officers on certain calls handled by the Hatfield, Sunderland and Whately police departments.With grant funding received by Sunderland from the state’s Department of...


David Duseau: Go back to drawing board on Main Street redesign
10-30-2023 5:40 PM

One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from one of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson: “In my experience, the last people you want trying to solve any problem, but especially those involving roads, are highway engineers. They operate from the...


Plans aired for extending regional trail system from Northampton to Hatfield
09-21-2023 11:35 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A memorandum of understanding between officials in Hatfield and Northampton is being sought so connecting the regional rail trail system to Hatfield, a project expected to be fully funded by the state through its Transportation Improvement...

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