Deerfield

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she has been in contact with a couple people living in our hills who told her about other snowfalls she didn’t know about because the snow didn’t fall where she lives. Remember, all you have to do is track a cat. So folks, it looks like we’ve got only two or three more … 0

East Deerfield quarry could be site of new solar farm

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Deerfield may be home to another solar farm in the near future. All States Materials Group, which owns the Trew Stone quarry on River Road, is working with a developer to hammer out the details of a proposed 6-megawatt solar farm on their property, which is larger than most other arrays built in Franklin County in recent years. According to … 0

Dairy farm methane digester back on track

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but Bar-Way Farm is on the moo-ve. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he’s restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Historic Deerfield’s new associate curator a period furniture expert

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, … 0

Deerfield amends tort action on pipeline

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — A federal tort action filed by the town against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this month has been amended to add the U.S. Department of Energy to the complaint as a defendant. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act private parties have the right to sue … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I don’t consider myself an activist, but when I discovered at the recent GCC Kinder Morgan Open House that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline is scheduled to be routed across the corner of my small property in Deerfield, I decided it was time to do some serious research. For examples … 3

Teens arrested in Deerfield break-ins

Monday, February 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins. Police reported that two 17-year-old boys from Southampton and Worthington were arrested early Monday morning after a traffic stop. Officers Brian Ravish and Adam Sokoloski pulled a truck over at about 1:05 a.m. for … 0

MassDOT: Contractor violated Stillwater Bridge weight limits

Sunday, February 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — For Lower Road resident David Goff, Stillwater Bridge represents his only practical means of reaching the southern part of town. He drives across it nearly every day, as does the school bus that whisks his daughter … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

South County Notebook

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bean won’t run again in Conway CONWAY — Selectboard member Rick Bean announced at the board’s meeting Tuesday night that he will not seek re-election this year. He cited a need to balance his public service with his other commitments, but said he continues to hold his other … 0

Frontier district looks to towns to supplant lost grant money

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — With loss of a grant for Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools to study possible consolidation of town services into unused school space, the district is now looking to its four member towns to help pay for the project. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett, Deerfield, Sunderland, … 0