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Conor Sullivan delivers his class speech at the Deerfield Academy's 2015 commencement Saturday.
Recorder/David Rainville

DA grads ‘ready to dance with the world’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Graduate Conor Sullivan promised the crowd at Deerfield Academy Saturday that he was about to give one of the best, most heartfelt, tear-jerking speech they’d ever heard. “If it fails to live up to those expectations, I put full blame on my English teachers for the last four years,” he joked. “I’ll give you their email addresses.” The … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned about their similar unfunded liabilities for future retiree health care. Nonetheless, the fiscal projections that … 0

Deerfield grants bakery building permit on former Oxford Pickle site

Friday, May 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The site plan for the New England Natural Bakers factory on the former Oxford Pickle site on Jewett Avenue has been approved. The Board of Selectmen unanimously granted the permit during a public hearing this week. The bakery, which makes organic granola and muesli, has been … 0

Deerfield sixth-grader asks, “If not us, then who?”

Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If not us, then who? That’s the simple reason Deerfield Elementary School sixth-grader Genesis Locke gave for participating in a stand-out campaign to collect donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s efforts to help victims … 0

MassDOT roadwork to delay 5 and 10 traffic

Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation started milling and paving on Routes 5 and 10 in Deerfield on Thursday, and the work is expected to delay traffic through next week. During the work, MassDOT’s contractor will be milling and paving on a three-mile corridor of Routes … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Selective phone, Internet interruptions disrupt

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Wednesday was a strange day for communication in the Greenfield area, with selective Internet and telephone outages spread out over a large geographic area. The temporary courthouse on Munson Street, The Recorder office on Hope Street, the Eye & Lasik Center on Riddell Street, Greenfield Community … 0

Two newcomers win posts in Deerfield

Monday, May 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield voters were presented with familiar faces in the Monday’s annual town election. There were no contested races, and only two newcomers. Four-term Board of Selectmen veteran Carolyn Shores Ness was re-elected, running unopposed for another three-year term. She received 140 votes. On the Deerfield Elementary … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Deerfield elections set for Monday

Thursday, April 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield voters will be presented with some familiar faces during the town’s annual elections on May 4. There are no contested races, and only two newcomers. Four-term Board of Selectmen veteran Carolyn Shores Ness is up for re-election and is running unopposed for another three year … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0