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Staying healthy in the fields

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — For seven years, Barrington Lewis has travelled from Jamaica to Deerfield to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth cleaned as part of the Connecticut River … 0

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. of Shelburne Falls has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana … 0

Northfield library seeks programming help

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — From yoga hikes and classic movie nights to free museum and pool passes, the Dickinson Memorial Library has plenty of ways to help patrons enjoy the end of summer and the onset of autumn. The staff is doing it all without its program director, after Halie … 0

New block party to raise money for county's needy

Sunday, August 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though a local church is calling its upcoming event a block party, it will be held entirely on the St. James Episcopal Church property this year, its first. Organizers said last week that while the mayor had offered to close Federal Street in the area of … 0

‘Knights of the Blind’ donate books, computer to Tilton Library

Sunday, August 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — For Deerfield’s vision-impaired residents, using the public library has become a bit easier, thanks to a bit of philanthropy from the Deerfield Lions Club. In March, the club donated money raised as a result of its 2013 antique and classic car show to Deerfield’s Tilton Library … 0

Second Franklin District Notebook

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Andrews opens campaign office ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, has recently opened her campaign office as she seeks her third term as legislator for the 2nd Franklin District. The office is located at 209B New Athol Road. Andrews will be on the Nov. 4 general election … 0

South Notebook

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Leverett broadband meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. LEVERETT — The Leverett Broadband Committee will provide information about the fiber optic network to be completed in town and will answer questions Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Leverett Elementary School. Representatives from the network operator and the Internet service … 0

Swift River School signup set for Thursday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Swift River School, the public elementary school serving the children of New Salem and Wendell in kindergarten through grade 6, will open on Aug. 27. Swift River, which also houses pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds, will be registering new students on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … 0

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Pioneer Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire … 0

Corregatta! Warwick Old Home Days goes for zany in cardboard boat race

Friday, August 15, 2014

WARWICK — Quirky competitions are a staple of the town’s Old Home Days, and the newest event to join the likes of the firefighters’ muster and annual satellite dish toss is no exception. Competitors in the first Moores … 0

Student revives Latin study at Mohawk

Friday, August 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — If you think one student can’t make a difference, just talk to Aaron Nelson, a junior at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. When he enrolled at Mohawk as a sophomore last fall, there were no … 0

A river wild: Whately struggles to protect its drinking water

Friday, August 15, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has pulled out the big guns in its ongoing struggle to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they erode and expose two wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. Claiming that it has reached an impasse with the state … 0