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The Frontier Tennis Team practices on cracked courts on Thursday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to town meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to town meeting is Conway. The Whately and Sunderland committees already recommended the requests. Superintendent Martha Barrett said she is meeting with the Conway Community Preservation Committee on May 7. If the committee approves, the request could make the agenda in time for the annual town meeting on May 12. The money is … 0

Conway proposes $140,242 hike to annual budget

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CONWAY — Townspeople will be asked to spend $140,242 more next year for the town’s budget. The draft budget proposes $4,915,985 in spending for the year that begins July 1. The budget would increase by 2.85 percent over the current year. Townspeople will be asked to approve the budget at the annual town meeting on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conway … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Design of new Conway highway garage in works

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CORRECTION: The Police Department will continue to be housed in the town office. CONWAY — After a seven-year wait, the town is moving closer to making a new highway garage a reality. On Monday, the Board of Selectmen … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

South County Notebook

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Last day to submit warrant articles CONWAY — Residents have until Monday to submit agenda items for the annual town meeting. Any items must be signed by a minimum of 10 voters and the signatures must be certified by the town clerk. Register to vote in Conway by … 0

Frontier tennis courts to go without repairs

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to fund repairs to the school tennis courts. With no money to repair the tennis courts, Barrett said, “at some point, the courts may have to be closed.” The … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Regional Notebook

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Conway to hold annual pre-town meeting potluck CONWAY — It’s that time of year again where the sun starts shining, the flowers start blooming and the town meeting gavels start swinging. The town is holding its annual pre-town meeting dessert potluck on May 5 from 7 p.m. to … 0