Deerfield amends tort action on pipeline

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — A federal tort action filed by the town against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this month has been amended to add the U.S. Department of Energy to the complaint as a defendant. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act private parties have the right to sue the federal government for damages if they are injured due to the negligence of one of its employees. The town’s claim is … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I don’t consider myself an activist, but when I discovered at the recent GCC Kinder Morgan Open House that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline is scheduled to be routed across the corner of my small property in Deerfield, I decided it was time to do some serious research. For examples of what I found, please Google “Another day, another pipeline explosion” and “Pipeline Explodes in … 3

Letter: Public health

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I applaud The Recorder’s editorial condemning acts of unprincipled political pandering to those who put society at risk by resisting immunization. I would have hoped that they would take the next step and support changes to Massachusetts law (q.v. MGL ch 76 sec. 15), when it also allows … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Deerfield man guilty in fatal crash

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — A local man has been found guilty of motor vehicle homicide after a 2013 accident killed an 83-year-old Montague woman. Aaron Stark of South Deerfield was convicted of vehicular homicide by reckless operation and being a minor in possession of liquor by Judge Edward McDonough after … 0

Deerfield faces pricey upgrades for wastewater treatment system

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the South Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant facing a roughly $1.2 million project to install a bar screener to chop up “rag material” that passes through the system and tangles itself around the equipment inside, a series of other expensive upgrades could be on the horizon. … 0

Neighbors: Learn about how state government works

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Have you always wanted to learn more about our state government and how it works? State Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be holding the 74th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on April 28 (my birthday) and April 29 from … 0

South County Senior Center seeks to add outreach coordinator

Sunday, February 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With the help of a state grant, the South County Senior Center on North Main Street will be adding an additional employee to help organize records and help the center’s visitors with daily tasks. Director Diana Damon said the new position, an outreach coordinator, will … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

Amid budget crunch, declining enrollment, Deerfield Elementary faces staff cuts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s School Committee was has been presented with a $4.3 million draft budget that cuts one teacher and five classroom assistant positions. Despite that, spending would increase 2.5 percent over this year. Principal Jeanine M. Heil, in her administrative summary, said the proposal is a … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Deerfield votes to continue School Choice

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — After a discussion that spanned the better part of three meetings, the Deerfield School Committee voted Wednesday night to continue participating in the state’s School Choice program, but won’t decide how many spots will be available to out-of-town students until May, when final enrollment numbers are … 0