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Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 0

Bar-Way Farm granted methane digester permit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — After almost seven years, the Bar-Way Farm has finally been granted a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to install and operate a methane digester that will turn the organic waste the farm produces into compost, heat and electricity. The system, designed by CHFour Biogas of Ontario, Canada, is expected to generate 500 kilowatts of electricity per 25 tons … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in nearly every home. It is a tool designed to help prevent more families from experiencing … 0

New computer system to link county’s emergency personnel

Friday, July 24, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When it comes to the emergency services, being able to communicate with other departments is critical and for Franklin County’s emergency response agencies, that’s about to get a little easier. During a meeting between Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately’s boards of selectmen and police chiefs this … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Safe for a swim

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WHATELY — The Tri-Town Beach in Whately has reopened after high levels of E. coli bacteria caused it to be closed over the weekend, according to Deerfield Health Agent Richard Calisewski. Calisewski said the beach was closed by order of the Whately Board of Health last week after … 0

Deerfield lands grant to replace school roof

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s selectmen have approved spending $200,000 from the town’s school roof fund to pay for a design study to replace the roof of Deerfield Elementary School. The replacement project has been approved for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair program, which … 0

Hikers rescued from after getting lost at Mount Sugarloaf

Thursday, July 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police located and rescued a 42-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son who got lost during an evening hike up Mount Sugarloaf Wednesday evening. “They were out for a hike and it was late, close to sunset, and they didn’t know how to get back to the … 0

Cyclist dies in hospital after being struck by car

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — A 67-year-old man who was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle along Routes 5 & 10 Tuesday has died. Sergeant Harry Ruddock of the Deerfield Police Department said the accident happened just after 4 … 0

South County towns eye police service regionalization

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the help of a state-funded local technical assistance grant, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately plan to explore ways to enhance cooperation between their police departments, improve services, and possibly save money. The towns will use $3,000 of a $200,000 grant awarded to the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Pan Am Railways settles alleged violations with EPA

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act at the East Deerfield Railyard and another of its railyards in … 0