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Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst
07-13-2024 6:55 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a $195,090 MassTrails grant, visions of people walking and biking on the Norwottuck North Shared-Use Path from Whately to Amherst are one step closer to becoming a reality.Alongside a $76,840 match from Sunderland, which is the lead...

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A hobby that rocks: Self-taught Whately stone carver sculpts whatever inspires him
07-11-2024 1:29 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Around 15 years ago, Frank Popkiewicz was in Aroostook County, Maine, when he found a stone, in a shape that he thought resembled a bear, face down in the Earth.Since finding that stone, Popkiewicz’s interest in stones and rocks has only increased...


Donna Wiley: Is a drive-through-only coffee shop really the best option available?
07-09-2024 3:00 PM

I winced when I read the article about the new drive-thru-only coffee shop proposed for Hadley [“Drive-thru coffee shop pitched for front of mall,” Gazette, July 8].Every time I pass the Starbucks on North King Street in Northampton, I think, “Why is...


Guest columnist Ruth Leahey: Multiple ZIP code issue not worth addressing
07-04-2024 9:56 AM

By RUTH LEAHEY

 I didn’t attend the June 18 Whately Town Meeting for several reasons, including the high temperatures outside and having compromised health. However, I read the news coverage and listened to many townspeople [“Solo ZIP code, Gaza peace petitions...


Whately Selectboard considers easing Club Castaway’s police detail requirement long-term
06-22-2024 3:27 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

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


Petitions seeking single ZIP code, peace in Gaza passed by Whately voters
06-20-2024 2:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Along with the 29 town-submitted articles, citizen’s petitions about having a single ZIP code for the town, a resolution to end the war in Gaza and lowering the municipal voting age were all approved at Whately’s annual Town Meeting.Over two...


$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-17-2024 1:08 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...


Deerfield Selectboard picks company for South County Senior Center feasibility study
06-15-2024 2:01 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...


Incumbent retains Whately Selectboard seat for second term
06-12-2024 4:33 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...


Political newcomer challenging incumbent for Whately Select Board seat
06-10-2024 10:39 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Select Board 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...


Ruth Leahey: Gazette’s Memorial Day coverage appreciated
05-31-2024 2:27 PM

I, as the coordinator of the event and the people who helped, are 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 3:55 PM

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 5:04 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...


Whately’s Rainbow Motel fire was likely accidental, investigators say
05-22-2024 9:24 AM

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...


Easthampton native named Whately town administrator
05-07-2024 9:31 AM

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...


Araceli Katalin McCoy: Why we should change the voting age to 16
04-29-2024 5:23 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...


Frontier Regional School students appeal to lower voting age
04-27-2024 5:02 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...


Valley Bounty: Your soil will thank you: As garden season gets underway, Whately farm provides ‘black gold’ to many
04-19-2024 11:13 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“Compost is not soil, but it makes your soil better,” says Mike Mahar, owner of Bear Path Compost in Whately. “It adds life to it. If you’re going to take something out of the soil by harvesting, you should put something back in, and compost is...


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...


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...

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