East Deerfield quarry could be site of new solar farm

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Deerfield may be home to another solar farm in the near future. All States Materials Group, which owns the Trew Stone quarry on River Road, is working with a developer to hammer out the details of a proposed 6-megawatt solar farm on their property, which is larger than most other arrays built in Franklin County in recent years. According to Marnin Lebovits of Lake Street Development Partners, … 0

Dairy farm methane digester back on track

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but Bar-Way Farm is on the moo-ve. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he’s restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A … 0

Deerfield places moratorium on grease at town’s 2 sewage plants

Friday, February 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — In an effort to reduce strain on the town’s sewer treatment system and reduce energy costs, the Board of Selectmen voted this week to impose a moratorium on accepting grease at either of Deerfield’s two wastewater … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

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