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Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Fundamental zoning changes on the line at Deerfield town meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for a new factory on the former Oxford Pickle property. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. … 0

South Deerfield’s Wolfie’s reopens after fire

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Wait staff darted to and fro, dropping off martinis, burgers and bowls of cole slaw in Wolfie’s restaurant Thursday afternoon. Through a small, rectangular window, kitchen manager Steve Almstrom could be seen dropping toppings and croutons on salads or swiftly folding flour tortillas into lunch wraps. Though the restaurant had … 0

Historic Deerfield fires up Patriot’s Day events

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DEERFIELD — Ready! Aim! Fire! Ordered by that cry, the crack of muskets and the boom of cannons will be a common sound in Old Deerfield during Historic Deerfield’s Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday. At the … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Deerfield’s proposed budget down 1.5%

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield voters will be asked to approve a $14,206,322 budget at the annual town meeting later this month. That’s a 1.51 percent reduction from last year’s budget and includes a $8,609 deficit that the town … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Pan Am fined for slow oil spill reporting

Thursday, April 9, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — East Deerfield Rail Yard owner Pan Am Railways has been fined $11,937 by the state for failing to report a 20-gallon engine oil spill within two hours of learning of the incident. According to the … 0

Frontier early release weighed tonight

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school committees will decide tonight whether students will be released early on Fridays next year under a new plan to provide teachers with more time for professional development. The joint meeting will start at 7 in the Frontier Regional School … 0

Freehand for FERC: letter-writing workshops

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DEERFIELD — The town of Deerfield has become something of a hot spot among those opposed to the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline over the past year, and a group of townspeople are planning to add as many more voices to the mix as they can. … 0