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Deerfield

Western Mass. dino-might

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — In 1835, Dexter Marsh, a local laborer, was busy at work laying slabs of stone sidewalk in Greenfield when he noticed something in the stone that piqued his interest: tiny depressions that appeared to be the tracks of large birds. Marsh, recognizing the abnormality and likely significance of his findings, took them to a local physician named James Deane, who, in turn, wrote to scientists in Albany, Philadelphia, New Haven and the newly founded Amherst College to ask for opinions on the discovery. One professor at Amherst College, Edward Hitchcock, took a keen interest in the footprints and eventually determined that they were … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive with activity. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival? … 0

Rock like a caveman: Stone Age Skills festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — As the chillier days of fall roll in, two local organizations will give families the opportunity to get in touch with their inner cave man. The Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club and the Deerfield Education and Conservation Corporation will host a semi-annual Stone Age Skills Celebration on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will be held at the … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Tilton Library to hold art auction

Monday, September 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Looking for a new piece of art to hang above the mantel? The Friends of the Tilton Library might be able to help. The group will hold a month-long art auction in the library between September and October. The auction, which will feature work by local … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Letter: The art scene

Monday, September 15, 2014

We read with great concern Dan Brown’s letter of Sept. 8 with its dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County. Are we talking of the survival of art or the survival of artists? We suggest that what needs to be nourished for survival is the appreciation … 0

Sweet lessons at honey festival

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — At most outdoor gatherings, close encounters with bees are generally considered something to be avoided. But at Deerfield’s Warm Colors Apiary this weekend, that notion was turned on its head. The apiary was abuzz with beekeeping … 0

Close call for Deerfield garage fire

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fire Saturday afternoon at 15 Kelleher Drive left a room off the garage uninhabitable but hurt no one. South Deerfield Fire Chief William Swasey said the first engine on scene extinguished the fire, which firefighters and the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office determined to be the … 0

Can a Board of Health stop the pipeline?

Friday, September 12, 2014

DEERFIELD — Could Deerfield’s Board of Health have the power to prevent Kinder Morgan’s controversial Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline from passing through town? Cristobal Bonifaz, a lawyer from Conway, thinks so, and the Deerfield health board seems ready to follow his lead down that path. But the Federal … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 1

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0