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Pigs and crops area rotated at the UMass Farm to see the economical feasibility as opposed to trucking in manure to fertilize.  Recorder/Paul Franz

UMass farm showcases field rotation, solar innovations, bee research

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Pigs and bumblebees were there, as were biochar, solar collectors and energy-saving coolers. Agricultural field day at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research Farm is an annual chance for farmers to see the latest innovations in crop research, and Tuesday’s event drew more than 60 people to view 18 ongoing trials, including one that integrated … 0

Historic Deerfield seeks volunteers for Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is looking for additional volunteers to help run its Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15. The event is being held in collaboration with the Highland Street Foundation, a Newton-based organization that works to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts. It will offer entry to the … 0

Yankee Candle names new CEO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Hope Margala has been named as the new chief executive officer of Yankee Candle Co. She enters the position after having served as the company’s president of retail and EVP Brand, Innovation and Merchandising. Margala will replace Harlan Kent, who had been with the company for the last 13 years, … 0

Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge … 0

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 … 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 … 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, … 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