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Stephen D. Melnik, owner of the Bar-Way Farm on Mill Village Road in Deerfield, seen above, is being sued by two farm workers for living conditions of the house they has been living in, which is owned by Melnik.

Dairy farm methane digester back on track

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but Bar-Way Farm is on the moo-ve. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he’s restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester on the Deerfield farm that would generate … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A … 0

Historic Deerfield’s new associate curator a period furniture expert

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, and developing exhibits. She is replacing a retiring staffer. Originally from the Detroit, Mich. area, … 0

Amid budget crunch, declining enrollment, Deerfield Elementary faces staff cuts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s School Committee was has been presented with a $4.3 million draft budget that cuts one teacher and five classroom assistant positions. Despite that, spending would increase 2.5 percent over this year. Principal Jeanine M. Heil, in her administrative summary, said the proposal is a … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Deerfield votes to continue School Choice

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — After a discussion that spanned the better part of three meetings, the Deerfield School Committee voted Wednesday night to continue participating in the state’s School Choice program, but won’t decide how many spots will be available to out-of-town students until May, when final enrollment numbers are … 0

Deerfield will file federal negligence claim against FERC

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — The town of Deerfield plans to file a negligence claim against the United States government today in its fight against the planned natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The tort action claims that a 2005 change … 4

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

Historic Deerfield gets $6K grant to monitor its collections

Sunday, February 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has received a $6,000 grant to buy environmental monitoring equipment for the museum’s 12 historic houses, collection storage areas and exhibition galleries in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. “Historic Deerfield’s collection of historic buildings and New England decorative arts is … 0

21-year-old Deerfield man gets jail for 3rd OUI

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old South Deerfield man was sentenced to 18 months in jail and lost his driver’s license for eight years after he pleaded guilty Thursday to charges, including his third drunken driving charge. The charges are related to an Aug. 12 accident in Hatfield that injured … 0

Deerfield ZBA to weigh special permit for 5&10 Sunoco

Friday, January 30, 2015

OLD DEERFIELD — Motorists may have another place to stop and fill up their tank or grab a six-pack of beer come spring. The Sunoco station at the corner of Greenfield Road and Old Main Street will soon … 0

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 … 0