Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Weekend wrecks keep police busy in Deerfield

Monday, November 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — Thanksgiving weekend is considered one of the busiest for police, and the Deerfield Police Department was no exception this year. Between Friday and Sunday, the department arrested three people on drunken driving and other charges in connection with multiple car crashes. The first occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. Police received reports of a blue minivan driving erratically on Routes 5 … 0

Letter: Too much ink

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tim Grant has the right to his numbingly repetitive, utterly predictable point of view, but do the readers of The Recorder really need to hear it quite so often simply because he’s so driven to share it with us? His sneering, fatuously self-righteous ad-hominem screeds may be a genuine part of the local political landscape (then again, maybe not), but why should The … 0

Deerfield tax rate to rise

Friday, November 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s tax rate will be $15.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. That’s about 2 percent over the current rate of $14.94 and lower than the roughly 8 percent hike seen last year. That’s about a $62 increase for house valued at $200,000. Though the tax rate … 0

Green light for Deerfield solar farm

Friday, November 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the blessing of both the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission, a 6-megawatt solar farm proposed for a property near the East Deerfield Quarry will move ahead. The Planning Board on Monday and the Conservation … 0

Whately ambulance deal has resistance: Deerfield residents present petition to keep service in town

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It appears some Deerfield residents are not particularly happy with the South County EMS regional ambulance service’s plans to move to Whately. Town resident Sharyn Paciorek used the public comment portion of Wednesday night’s selectmen’s … 0

Deerfield Academy opposes pipeline

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy has joined the growing opposition among the area’s prestigious private schools to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. Spokesman David Thiel said the school’s trustees voted at a recent meeting to … 2

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Letter: Health studies

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We can agree that the rise of the suite of metabolic diseases; including obesity, onset diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and arterial sclerosis are “striking.” The “experts” who are flummoxed by this are the same who have steadfastly ignored the evidence that all of the above are exacerbated by … 0

Plaintiffs respond to Feds on pipeline lawsuit

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The local people suing the federal government to halt the controversial Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline have fired back at a motion to have their case thrown out. They’re arguing that each of the four reasons given by … 1

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

State reps. tour CDC, Clarkdale Farms, UMass

Monday, November 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — A group of legislators on a joint committee concerned in part with how our food gets produced visited Franklin County to get a closer look at how some of it is processed Monday afternoon. State representatives … 0

Fire torches brush near Deerfield train tracks

Monday, November 16, 2015

DEERFIELD — A small brushfire along the railroad tracks off Keets Road in Deerfield was quickly knocked down by firefighters from at least five departments and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation Monday afternoon. Firefighters from the … 0