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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...

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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...


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...


1694 chest comes home to Hatfield 
09-18-2023 4:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A Hadley chest engraved prominently with the initials A.M., made in 1694 as a gift from a father to his soon-to-be-married son, has been returned to Hatfield, after some 50 years of being cared for by a North Carolina couple.On Thursday,...


‘Big pill to swallow’: Costs rising for $5.1M water, sewer extension project in Hatfield
08-24-2023 10:56 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Calling it a “big pill to swallow,” town officials are preparing for significant cost increases for a $5.1 million water and sewer extension project on West Street, mainly to cover additional expenses related to police details and...


Food Bank of Western Massachusetts sells Hatfield warehouse to Hadley produce distributor
08-22-2023 12:03 PM

By Scott Merzbach

HATFIELD — A sharing of resources between The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the company that is buying its 97 North Hatfield Road warehouse, including temporary storage and cross docking, will ensure food pantries and meal sites throughout...


Area Briefs: Hatfield plans ‘Flood Tour,’ Holyoke development opportunities and a hilltown hike
08-17-2023 1:13 PM

HATFIELD — The town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee invites the local community to a “Flood Tour” event Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. beginning at the corner of Maple and Prospect streets.Water resources and climate change specialist Rich Niles,...


Back in business: State reopens boat ramps along Conn. River 
08-07-2023 6:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — After being closed for several weeks due to high water, heavy rains and unsafe conditions, six of the seven state boat ramps for the Connecticut River, including access points in Easthampton, Hatfield and Sunderland, have reopened to the...


Food delivery company eyes Food Bank site in Hatfield
08-04-2023 12:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A woman-owned trucking company located in Hadley for the past decade, delivering locally grown produce throughout the region, could be moving to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts property by the end of 2023.The Planning Board...


Lavery Greenfield: Listen to our elders
08-04-2023 11:31 AM

What has long troubled my mind is our society’s aversion to elders. From my youth, my philosophy has been that of “Why not seek advice from those who have experienced it?”Our valley treasures and prioritizes progressive ideas, seemingly pushing us...

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