About NeVar


In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Whiting Street Reservoir

WhitingWhiting Street Reservoir was a farsighted venture in 1888, and was built using horse drawn dump-carts and human muscle power. It served as a Holyoke drinking water supply until the mid 1980’s. Whiting and its watershed are an integral part of Mount Tom’s ecosystem and should remain protected from development. In the future its drinking water will likely be in demand here in Holyoke as well as by other communities.

Whiting walking

Holyoke Water Works allows use of the service road to walk and jog. No motorized use, fishing, hunting, picnicking.