Deerfield

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be at Scotty’s on the Hill in Turners … 0

Early in budget process, Frontier reports level funding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — The first draft of the Frontier Regional School 2016 budget shows no increase over this year, which district administrators said will be achieved mainly through staff retirement or layoffs. The district, which serves Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately, is requesting a budget of $10,035,836, down 0.8 percent from this year. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett and Patricia Cavanaugh, the district’s business … 0

Making the cut

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The word “papercut” usually conjures the image of a shallow gash on one’s finger and the remembrance of a brief moment of pain, but at the Deerfield Arts Bank, a new exhibit is attempting to dispel that notion. The South Deerfield art gallery and supply shop’s latest exhibit features the … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Cybersecurity expert talks digital privacy

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Next time you decide to toss that empty bag of Doritos on the coffee table, Seth Schoen, a staff technician at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, hopes you’ll think twice about saying anything you might not … 0

Conway lawyer: Gas pipeline’s final destination could support Deerfield ban

Monday, January 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England along Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed pipeline is for export, a lawyer representing Deerfield’s Board of Health believes that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders. Many of the … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Future of School Choice at Deerfield Elem. in limbo

Friday, January 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the town of Deerfield facing yet another budget crunch this year, the Deerfield School Committee is weighing whether it will continue to accept students under the state’s School Choice program. The concern is that accepting out-of-town students will end up costing the school money rather … 0

Sprinkler malfunction floods part of Deerfield Inn

Friday, January 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Mopping up the floors is a common sight at most restaurants, but the innkeepers of Deerfield Inn found themselves having to do quite a bit more of that than usual Thursday night when an emergency sprinkler … 2

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0