Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Two face drunken driving charges

Monday, November 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two men were arrested for drunken driving within the span of an hour on Routes 5 and 10 in Greenfield on Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Deerfield police. Russel Cranshaw, 60, of Brattleboro, Vt., was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations and … 0

Faith Matters: Religious freedom

Friday, November 20, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this … 0

Deerfield tax rate to rise

Friday, November 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s tax rate will be $15.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. That’s about 2 percent over the current rate of $14.94 and lower than the roughly 8 percent hike seen last year. That’s about a $62 increase for house valued at $200,000. Though the tax rate … 0

Green light for Deerfield solar farm

Friday, November 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the blessing of both the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission, a 6-megawatt solar farm proposed for a property near the East Deerfield Quarry will move ahead. The Planning Board on Monday and the Conservation … 0

Whately ambulance deal has resistance: Deerfield residents present petition to keep service in town

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It appears some Deerfield residents are not particularly happy with the South County EMS regional ambulance service’s plans to move to Whately. Town resident Sharyn Paciorek used the public comment portion of Wednesday night’s selectmen’s … 0

Deerfield Academy opposes pipeline

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy has joined the growing opposition among the area’s prestigious private schools to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. Spokesman David Thiel said the school’s trustees voted at a recent meeting to … 2

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Letter: Health studies

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We can agree that the rise of the suite of metabolic diseases; including obesity, onset diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and arterial sclerosis are “striking.” The “experts” who are flummoxed by this are the same who have steadfastly ignored the evidence that all of the above are exacerbated by … 0

Plaintiffs respond to Feds on pipeline lawsuit

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The local people suing the federal government to halt the controversial Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline have fired back at a motion to have their case thrown out. They’re arguing that each of the four reasons given by … 1

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

State reps. tour CDC, Clarkdale Farms, UMass

Monday, November 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — A group of legislators on a joint committee concerned in part with how our food gets produced visited Franklin County to get a closer look at how some of it is processed Monday afternoon. State representatives … 0

Fire torches brush near Deerfield train tracks

Monday, November 16, 2015

DEERFIELD — A small brushfire along the railroad tracks off Keets Road in Deerfield was quickly knocked down by firefighters from at least five departments and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation Monday afternoon. Firefighters from the … 0