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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

Report to FERC details Deerfield’s archaeological value

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The commissioner of the Deerfield Historical Commission and the director of Historic Deerfield have submitted a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raising concerns about how the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline could affect archaeological sites along its route. The report, authored by Historical Commissioner David “Bud” Driver and Historic Deerfield Executive Director Philip Zea, details Deerfield’s paleolithic … 1

Letter: The pipeline question

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lately, I have heard constant discussions regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline. Everyone is talking about it. Posters that say “Stop the Pipeline” have adorned lawns all over Massachusetts and petitions are constantly being handed to me, asking to be signed. My question is why is a pipeline something we would even consider putting in our communities in the first place? I looked … 2

Letter: Vital override

Friday, August 28, 2015

I am writing to respond to the article “Budget veto override means funding for homeless youth” in the Aug 22 paper. As more unpleasant news pops up in the paper every day, and funding for almost every public service seems to be dwindling, I was pleasantly surprised reading … 0

The past in pastel: Buckland artist focus of PVMA exhibit

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — A new exhibit at Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield will feature five rarely displayed paintings by Robert Strong Woodward, a painter who lived in Buckland. The paintings are all privately owned and depict scenes from … 0

Suspect arrested in farm stand theft

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield police have arrested a Palmer man in connection with the theft of a cash box from a local farm stand this week. Ryan Scott was arrested on a warrant Thursday afternoon at his place of … 0

Police locate lost hiker on Mount Sugarloaf

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police located a lost hiker on Mount Sugarloaf Friday after the Amherst resident called 911 just after noon. Deerfield Police Officer Adam Sokoloski said the hiker ended up about two miles away from her vehicle. According to a Facebook post by Deerfield police, officer Brian Ravish … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Deerfield submits pipeline comments to FERC

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield has officially made its submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental impact statement scoping process. The 12-page document, approved by the Board of Selectmen during their meeting Wednesday night, details the town’s concerns about the ramifications the pipeline could have on the town’s economy, … 1

Letter: Stolen decorations

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I would like to know who is low enough to steal all of the decorations off of my family’s plot between Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 15 and 16). I had two beautiful blue rose bouquet — one white, one lavender — along with wisterias hanging from twisted vines. … 0

Barway Farm aerial planting Wednesday prompts calls to police

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Police phone lines in South Deerfield lit up Wednesday afternoon with calls about a helicopter dropping something onto open fields in the Mill Village Road area. Peter Melnick, co-owner of Barway Farm on Mill Village Road, said he told police on Tuesday that he had … 0

Letter: Warren MIA on pipeline

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been MIA, Missing In Action, on the New England Direct pipeline for a whole year! The last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I have called and written her … 0

A Common cause: Businesses hope raffling off big bird statue could help repair electrical damage from squirrels

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Daylily’s quest to rewire South Deerfield’s Town Common has reached about a fifth of its $5,000 goal, and the Sugarloaf Street gift shop is raffling off a giant metal bird sculpture to take the total even higher. The sculpture, created by Jessica Denehey of … 0