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Franklin County health boards fight flu clinic change

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — Because of a state policy change, Franklin County boards of health are having to fight to make sure this year is not the last year that towns can run community flu clinics. The state Department of Public Health is now limiting cities and towns to giving state-donated flu vaccines to uninsured adults and children under 18. Previously, the flu vaccines were available to anyone, according to Deerfield Board … 0

State halfway through 1-91 construction

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — As of this week, vehicles heading south on Interstate 91 in Deerfield will be running over a new temporary bridge. The state Department of Transportation switched southbound traffic onto the new bridge this week. The state is halfway through the $40,229,983 project that started in June 2012. It is expected to … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has no use. Richard Calisewski, the town’s Board of Health agent who has been tasked with identifying the properties by the Board of Selectmen, said there are currently 31 properties that have been identified throughout the town, which encompass … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

Pekarski’s Sausage owner to cycle across state

Sunday, July 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — The wheel of a meat grinder won’t be the only thing that Pekarski Sausage owner Michael Pekarski will be spinning this August. Between Aug. 2 and 3, Pekarski will ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike-a-thon that begins in Sturbridge and takes participants across the … 0

Deerfield man charged in Superior Court with third OUI offense

Friday, July 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man has been charged in Superior Court with injuring a pregnant woman in a drunken driving accident — which would be his third, if he is convicted. Michael Thorpe, 54, of 784 River Road, pleaded innocent Friday to charges of operating under the influence, … 0

2 Turners Falls women in head-on crash

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls woman was taken to the hospital after a head-on collision on Routes 5 and 10 Thursday. Police responded to the head-on accident near Yankee Candle Co. at about 3 p.m., and found that one driver was injured and both small cars had sustained … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the … 0

Memorial Hall Museum offering free admission to active duty soldiers, families until Labor Day

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — It’s difficult to separate the history of a nation from the service of its armed forces and, starting last week, the Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield plans to bring the two even closer together. As a participant in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Blue … 0

Land use a balancing act

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — What if you could use open space to generate solar electricity and farm it at the same time? Stephen Herbert, a professor of agronomy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, says this is more than a … 0

UMass official to meet with Kulik’s office to discuss artifact disposition

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, a University of Massachusetts archaeology school official will meet with state Rep. Stephen Kulik’s office to discuss the future disposition of artifacts found on Pine Hill — and to decide who should be a part of the talks. The meeting is a preliminary discussion … 0

JM Farm’s Patient Group questions state DPH selection process

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — In their bid for a state medical marijuana license, JM Farm’s Patient Group, one of three companies to apply for Franklin County, had done everything required of them by state Department of Public Health regulators, the … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 0