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Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CONWAY — When it was announced last fall that the price of electricity was expected to spike this winter and that Berkshire Gas would impose a moratorium on new customers due to a regional shortage of natural gas, the speculation began almost immediately. Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed natural gas pipeline had been the subject of substantial controversy since last spring, … 2

Dino-might! PVMA gets $300K grant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Grant? Dinosaurs? It sounds like something out of a particular Michael Crichton novel of Jurassic note, but at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association those two things have more in common than colorful Jeeps and velociraptors. The museum, located at 10 Memorial St., has received at $300,000 grant to expand its online … 0

Whately school spending would see tiny hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHATELY — Whately Elementary School joins the Conway Grammar School as a South County public school proposing a budget that keeps increases below 2 percent without cutting staff. The school’s $1.5 million budget is a 0.6 percent increase over this year, making it the lowest increase of any approved school budget in the Union 38 district. In a foreword to the budget report, … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Letter: Enlighten us

Monday, March 23, 2015

It is indeed ironic that Mr. Bates exhorts us to consider the source. When he next feels the urge to pen yet another demonstration of his innumeracy, he might instead tell us what, precisely, he is “skeptical” of. Does he or does he not “believe” that CO2 is … 0

Letter: Fire assistance

Friday, March 20, 2015

I am writing on behalf of the Deerfield Fire Department in thanks to the many local communities that assisted us in extinguishing the grain mill fire. We were challenged with cold weather, lack of water and limited access to the fire. Our surrounding towns as well as those … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Deerfield grain mill owner hit with fire safety fines

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — The owner of an old grain mill in the East Deerfield Rail Yard didn’t have the proper permits to be performing work that sparked an early morning fire in the building March 6. Phillip Nash of … 0

For whom the bell tolls sooner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Martha Barrett, the superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, began receiving reports on district-wide absences through a new substitute and absence management system this year, she noticed a trend that disturbed her. The district’s five schools were spending quite a bit … 0

South County Senior Center will hold Polish Heritage Event Thursday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — Joe Kielec of Easthampton has always had a strong connection to his Polish heritage, so naturally he considers a trip he took to Poland a few years ago to be one of the high points of his life. “I’d never seen my ancestral country before,” he … 0

Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — If the state Department of Public Utilities grants Tennessee Gas Co. the right to access private property to survey against the wishes of its owner, Deerfield has vowed to expand the federal negligence claims it has filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the federal … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0