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

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Baby bonanza: First day of year a busy birthday

Thursday, January 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — While many of Franklin County’s residents were cheering in 2015 between sips of champagne on New Year’s Eve, Missy Novak and her wife Melissa Hale were celebrating the new year’s arrival between contractions. At 2:12 a.m. … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0

Letter: ‘Serves with heart and soul’

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I just read Richie Davis’ Recorder news story of this year’s Franklin County Citizen of the Year. A lump in my throat. Gosh ... Marie Putala sees someone in need in our troubled world. She rescues whatever, whenever, whoever. Little things. Big things. GIANT things. Getting a crib … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0

No snow? Ski areas have new options

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAWLEY — What do you do with 15.5 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails and no snow during a winter holiday week? Why not offer up those twisting, groomed trails to winter “fat biking?” That’s what Lloyd and … 0

Six months in, South County EMS recognized with innovation award

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WHATELY — Whately, Deerfield and Sunderland have won the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award for its role in the creation of South County Emergency Medical Service, a new regional ambulance service that went live July 1. According to a letter from the MMA, South … 0

FCAT names interim manager

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DEERFIELD — Frontier Cable Access Television’s production lead, Lacey Arnold, has been selected to manage the local community television station while a replacement for former General Manager Douglas Finn is found. Finn left the position last month after four years with the organization to take a job as … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and healthy New Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are on the cusp of a new year — another chance for us to get it right. I hope you had a wonderful 2014 and that 2015 is even better, but for those of you who suffered loss or some other type of misfortune this … 0

What Lies Beneath: Paleo-Indian artifacts to be displayed in Deerfield Town Hall

Sunday, December 28, 2014

DEERFIELD — Whizzing just past a large caribou’s snout, the crude spear struck a thin tree in the distance. With a snap, the tip separated from the wooden shaft. The beast leaped away, and the stone point landed softly in the snow, forgotten. This scene, and others like … 0