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Towns to sign ‘Community Compact’ with Lt. Gov. in Heath Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HEATH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is coming to Heath on Thursday to sign a “Community Compact” with town officials from Heath, Rowe and Shelburne in the Heath Community Hall at 1:45 p.m. Polito will also be signing a Community Compact with Deerfield later Thursday. After his inauguration, Gov. Charlie Baker’s first executive order last year was to create a Community Compact Cabinet that would reach out to towns and cities, forming stronger partnerships between the administration and all Massachusetts communities. The Community Compact is a voluntary, mutual agreement between the Baker-Polito administration and individual towns, in which the towns focus on making specific improvements, … 0

Conway opts to contribute $3,000 to districtwide school use study

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CONWAY — Voters have opted to contribute $3,000 toward a study of potentially more efficient use of area school and municipal buildings. Special town meeting voters gave a sound “aye” to the request to pitch in toward a $24,000 study that would examine how town offices and school space in Union 38 could … 0

Two candidates remain in running for Frontier, Union 38 superintendent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts have been named as the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H., and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, have made the cut. … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Special town meeting Monday in Deerfield

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DEERFIELD — Voters at a special town meeting Monday night will be asked to approve paying for about half the cost of a new roof for Deerfield Elementary School. The school’s existing roof is nearing the end of its 20-year lifespan, and the town landed a grant last … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0

Frontier cable to hold open house Thursday

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County’s public access television station is once again throwing open its doors to the public. Frontier Community Access Television will host its annual open house on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the organization’s offices at 8B Elm Street. “This is a … 0

Team stood up for player’s rights

Monday, January 18, 2016

DEERFIELD — Thirteen years before Jackie Robinson signed on with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 15-year-old Ernest “Bunny” Taliaferro, an African-American Springfield Tech star athlete, was picked for the American Legion Post 21 All-Star team. After winning the New England … 0

Deerfield police warn about Facebook phishing scam

Monday, January 18, 2016

DEERFIELD — Scammers are hacking into Facebook accounts and sending phishing messages to steal personal information and bank account routing numbers, according to the Deerfield Police Department. Police received a call from a resident reporting the scam on Monday morning, said Deerfield Police Officer Adam Sokoloski. “We thought … 0