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Clarkdale's apple trees are clearly posted on Upper Rd in Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Apple theft brings charges

Friday, October 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Remember the magical apple tree from “The Wizard of Oz” that slapped Dorothy’s hand when she tried to pick an apple? It’s too bad Clarkdale Fruit Farm can’t import a couple of those trees to protect its picturesque roadside apple orchard from travelers who “pick their own” without paying. But a woman who allegedly picked a whole bagful … 0

Deerfield Elementary to get new traffic loop

Friday, October 9, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen this week approved spending $25,000 to install a new traffic loop at Deerfield Elementary School to hopefully reduce congestion problems that have plagued the school in the wake of recent morning drop-off time changes. This year, the drop-off window in the morning has been cut in half, leaving just 15 minutes for parents who drive their … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And … 0

Letter: Pope got me thinking

Sunday, October 4, 2015

As I watched Pope Francis on his way to the festival of families, I wrote down these thoughts: It seems to me there are so many different opinions in this world of ours that it is difficult to come to agreement on almost any issue. We must learn … 0

Pam Am rail yard hearing set for Oct. 7

Sunday, October 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways will hold the latest in a series of public meetings to update the town on the progress of ongoing clean-up efforts at the East Deerfield rail yard on Wednesday . The meeting will … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Deerfield townwide tag sale won’t take ‘no’ for an answer

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — Though the town of Deerfield announced last month that it would not be organizing its annual Town Tag Sale Day this year, the event seems be springing up of its own accord on Saturday anyway. In the past, the event has been formally organized by volunteers … 1

Letter: Behind these ‘taxpayers’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

One of the things I like about The Recorder is the paper’s willingness to publish a variety of views on the editorial page. So I don’t object to the publication of the column “Solyndra lessons ignored” by David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). That column … 4

Frontier 10th-grade MCAS scores improve

Monday, September 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a dip in 2014, Frontier Regional High School’s scores in all three areas of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test were higher overall this year. According to recent data released by the state, the number of students who scored advanced or proficient for the … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

East Deerfield 6MW solar farm hearing extended

Monday, September 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s Conservation Commission has voted to continue a public hearing to review the site plan for a proposed 6-megawatt solar farm near the East Deerfield Quarry until Oct. 22. The board decided during a joint meeting … 0

Letter: The Obama mess

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I just saw our paper tiger president say he was going to confront Russia for going into Syria. I thought Americans in this country were smart, but as each day goes by, I don’t think so. For instance, after “What Difference Does It Make” has left the office … 1

Driver uninjured after I-91 rollover

Friday, September 25, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The driver of an SUV walked away uninjured after his vehicle rolled over off the side of Interstate 91 Friday evening. State police said the crash, which happened just before 6:45 p.m., was still under … 0