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Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages participated — some biked 10 miles, some … 1

Deerfield townwide tag sale won’t take ‘no’ for an answer

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — Though the town of Deerfield announced last month that it would not be organizing its annual Town Tag Sale Day this year, the event seems be springing up of its own accord on Saturday anyway. In the past, the event has been formally organized by volunteers and promoted through local media, the town and other outlets, but the people who usually … 0

Letter: Behind these ‘taxpayers’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

One of the things I like about The Recorder is the paper’s willingness to publish a variety of views on the editorial page. So I don’t object to the publication of the column “Solyndra lessons ignored” by David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). That column uses the collapse of the solar power company Solyndra, heavily subsidized by the federal government, … 3

Annual Deerfield flu clinic a no-go

Friday, September 18, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After nearly a decade of providing quick, free flu shots for the residents of the South County towns, the annual drive-thru flu shot clinic may not happen this year unless the towns can find an alternative source of free vaccine. Selectman Carolyn Shores Ness said … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Yankee Candle plans new facility in Europe

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Yankee Candle, the South Deerfield-based candle maker and Franklin County’s largest employer, is planning to build a new production facility in Europe. Spokeswoman Shelly Hazlett confirmed Wednesday that the company is planning an expansion in Europe, but said Deerfield and Whately will remain the company’s … 0

Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair celebrates 40 years

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

DEERFIELD — Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Executive Director Timothy Neumann isn’t the only fixture at the organization celebrating four decades in Old Deerfield this year: the Fall Old Deerfield Arts and Crafts Fair that he founded will open … 0

State nixes aggregate power plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State regulators have denied plans by 35 area communities, including 11 in Franklin County, to buy cheaper electricity through a collective. The state Department of Public Utilities cited failures of cities and towns to properly inform residents of the plans, evidence of false and misleading statements … 1

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Deerfield hit and run leads to OUI charges

Monday, September 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield man faces drunken driving charges after police say he crashed his car on Routes 5 and 10 near Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, then fled the scene. Deerfield Police officers Brent Griffin and … 0

Regional Notebook

Friday, September 11, 2015

Whately tax abatement forms due WHATELY — Residents of Whately who have land registered under Chapters 61A (agricultural) or 61B (recreational) tax abatement programs are reminded that the final day for filing their annual applications for fiscal year 2017 will be Oct. 1. Application forms are not mailed … 0

Frontier Regional and Union 38 superintendent to retire

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — This school year will be Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Martha Barrett’s last with the school district. Barrett announced this week that she plans retire at the end of June. Barrett announced her plans … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0