Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something unexpected for your neighbor and being kind … 0

Old Deerfield Production's 'A Christmas Carol' opens Thursday

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hunched over and propped up only by a long wooden cane, the tall, bearded man hobbled toward a concerned-looking Ebenezer Scrooge. The long crimson robe that covered his decrepit figure depicted a family of minks crawling up the front. “Ghost, it seems you’ve grown older since first we met,” said Scrooge. Slowly, the … 0

Former employee sues Frontier for discrimination

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A trial date has been set for a discrimination suit filed against Frontier Regional School by a former information technology professional who was fired after he says he was treated unfairly by his past co-workers. Sandy Moya of 10 Wolcott St., Holyoke, has sued the school for racial discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation after he claims his former co-workers … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Deerfield voters OK new police cruiser

Monday, December 8, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s Police Department will receive a much-needed new cruiser after voters approved the $42,500 purchase during a special town meeting Monday night. The cruiser was originally a capital item on the warrant for the annual town meeting in April, but was postponed until the fall special … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Family stories, winning recipes

Sunday, December 7, 2014

DEERFIELD — There’s a new reason Amy Stout of Montague put her late mother’s recipe for the dough that forms the base of her home-made apricot Danish on the first page of her personal cookbook. On Saturday, it … 0

Deerfield looks to grant for school roof

Friday, December 5, 2014

DEERFIELD — With the Deerfield Elementary School’s roof nearing the end of its 25-year life cycle, the town will face a $2.5 million project to replace it within the next few years, but a grant available through the Massachusetts School Building Authority could absorb more than half of … 0

Deerfield to vote on money for cruiser

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield will hold a special town meeting Monday, at which voters will be asked to correct an error in last year’s budget and approve the purchase of a new police cruiser. The meeting’s first article will deal with the correction of an error on the town’s … 0

Baker’s bout

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — For Montague resident Amy Stout, a Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration just wouldn’t be the same without “Mom’s Apricot Danish.” But when her mother, Carol Jenks, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease over a decade ago, she began … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Deerfield man who accidentally shot wife arraigned

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield man who accidentally shot his wife while showing her how to use a handgun was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Thursday, where he pleaded innocent to charges of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, illegally possessing a large capacity firearm and … 0

Interstate 91 extension cost more than money

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The ceremony 50 years ago today was a big deal that attracted then-Gov. Endicott Peabody and other dignitaries, along with 200 spectators who braved cold weather before the ribbon-cutting to allow dozens of cars and … 2