Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Conservation Commission: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Office. Board of Health: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. in Old Town Office, Jacksonville Road. Conway … 0

Deerfield solar farm up for hearing Monday

Friday, July 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s Planning Board will hold a public hearing Monday night to review the site plan for a 6-megawatt solar energy farm on 18 acres of a 200-acre property near the East Deerfield Quarry. The solar farm, proposed by developer Lake Street Development Partners of Chicago, Ill., last month received a variance from the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals allowing it to … 0

4-H Dairy Show this weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fairgrounds will be filled with children and cows from all over the state this weekend, Aug. 1 and 2, for the State 4-H Dairy Show. According to organizer Carrie Sears of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension, the 58 4-H students, ages 11 to 18, are all competing … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Safe for a swim

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WHATELY — The Tri-Town Beach in Whately has reopened after high levels of E. coli bacteria caused it to be closed over the weekend, according to Deerfield Health Agent Richard Calisewski. Calisewski said the beach was closed by order of the Whately Board of Health last week after … 0

Deerfield lands grant to replace school roof

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s selectmen have approved spending $200,000 from the town’s school roof fund to pay for a design study to replace the roof of Deerfield Elementary School. The replacement project has been approved for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair program, which … 0

Hikers rescued from after getting lost at Mount Sugarloaf

Thursday, July 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police located and rescued a 42-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son who got lost during an evening hike up Mount Sugarloaf Wednesday evening. “They were out for a hike and it was late, close to sunset, and they didn’t know how to get back to the … 0

Cyclist dies in hospital after being struck by car

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — A 67-year-old man who was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle along Routes 5 & 10 Tuesday has died. Sergeant Harry Ruddock of the Deerfield Police Department said the accident happened just after 4 … 0

South County towns eye police service regionalization

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the help of a state-funded local technical assistance grant, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately plan to explore ways to enhance cooperation between their police departments, improve services, and possibly save money. The towns will use $3,000 of a $200,000 grant awarded to the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Pan Am Railways settles alleged violations with EPA

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act at the East Deerfield Railyard and another of its railyards in … 0

What could Olympic course on the Deerfield look like?

Monday, July 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If Boston wins the bid for the 2024 Olympics and the Deerfield River hosts whitewater slalom races, it could be a rarity in modern times: a natural, in-river course. Most of the Olympic courses based in … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0