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Conor Sullivan delivers his class speech at the Deerfield Academy's 2015 commencement Saturday.
Recorder/David Rainville

DA grads ‘ready to dance with the world’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Graduate Conor Sullivan promised the crowd at Deerfield Academy Saturday that he was about to give one of the best, most heartfelt, tear-jerking speech they’d ever heard. “If it fails to live up to those expectations, I put full blame on my English teachers for the last four years,” he joked. “I’ll give you their email addresses.” The … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned about their similar unfunded liabilities for future retiree health care. Nonetheless, the fiscal projections that … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Whately locks in Frontier budget, OK’s money for library building

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WHATELY — The Frontier Regional School’s budget will see no increase next year after Whately voters joined Deerfield and Sunderland in backing the administration’s original, level-funded budget. The vote, taken at Whately’s annual town meeting, rejected the regional … 0

Deerfield approves Oxford tax break, zoning changes

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Voters have given the Board of Selectmen the green light to take the next step toward selling part of the former Oxford Pickle factory property near downtown to New England Natural Bakers, a Greenfield organic granola company that plans to expand its operations. The selectmen now … 0

Deerfield backs lower Frontier budget

Monday, April 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield joins Sunderland as the second of the four Frontier towns to back Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, level-funded budget proposal for the Frontier Regional School. The town’s decision Tuesday night repudiates the regional School Committee’s vote in March to restore funding for six positions that would … 2

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0

Fundamental zoning changes on the line at Deerfield town meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for … 0

South Deerfield’s Wolfie’s reopens after fire

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Wait staff darted to and fro, dropping off martinis, burgers and bowls of cole slaw in Wolfie’s restaurant Thursday afternoon. Through a small, rectangular window, kitchen manager Steve Almstrom could be seen dropping toppings and … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and … 0

Tubing co: ‘You’ve put us out of business’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — “You’ve effectively put us out of business.” That’s what Deerfield River Portage owner Kate Clayton-Jones told the Deerfield Board of Selectmen Wednesday night during a public hearing on whether they’d be allowed to continue operating their river tubing business, which drops tubers into the Deerfield River … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0