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Pigs and crops area rotated at the UMass Farm to see the economical feasibility as opposed to trucking in manure to fertilize.  Recorder/Paul Franz

UMass farm showcases field rotation, solar innovations, bee research

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Pigs and bumblebees were there, as were biochar, solar collectors and energy-saving coolers. Agricultural field day at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research Farm is an annual chance for farmers to see the latest innovations in crop research, and Tuesday’s event drew more than 60 people to view 18 ongoing trials, including one that integrated … 0

Historic Deerfield seeks volunteers for Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is looking for additional volunteers to help run its Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15. The event is being held in collaboration with the Highland Street Foundation, a Newton-based organization that works to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts. It will offer entry to the … 0

Yankee Candle names new CEO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Hope Margala has been named as the new chief executive officer of Yankee Candle Co. She enters the position after having served as the company’s president of retail and EVP Brand, Innovation and Merchandising. Margala will replace Harlan Kent, who had been with the company for the last 13 years, … 0

Land use a balancing act

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — What if you could use open space to generate solar electricity and farm it at the same time? Stephen Herbert, a professor of agronomy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, says this is more than a … 0

UMass official to meet with Kulik’s office to discuss artifact disposition

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, a University of Massachusetts archaeology school official will meet with state Rep. Stephen Kulik’s office to discuss the future disposition of artifacts found on Pine Hill — and to decide who should be a part of the talks. The meeting is a preliminary discussion … 0

JM Farm’s Patient Group questions state DPH selection process

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — In their bid for a state medical marijuana license, JM Farm’s Patient Group, one of three companies to apply for Franklin County, had done everything required of them by state Department of Public Health regulators, the … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 0

Deerfield River recreation goes badly for Fitchburg man

Sunday, July 13, 2014

DEERFIELD — A young man was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after an accident while jumping into the Deerfield River a little upstream from the Stillwater Bridge. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said the man, a 22-year-old Fitchburg resident, apparently slipped while attempting to jump off a … 0

Ben & Jerry’s co-founder visits Yankee Candle for store opening

Sunday, July 13, 2014

DEERFIELD — Ice cream wasn’t the only thing that visitors to the grand opening of the Yankee Candle Village’s new Ben & Jerry’s shop were treated to this Saturday. Jerry Greenfield, one of the popular ice cream company’s … 0

Scarecrows turn heads at Memorial Hall Museum

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — If you’ve had the chance to drive by the Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield lately, you may have found yourself doing a double-take. At first glance, it appears as though a group of colonial-era villagers … 0

Pipeline sparks growing opposition

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farm, usually associated with acres of apples, peaches, cherries growing at this time of year, became a focus Friday of growing opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline as dozens of anti-pipeline protesters gathered … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

Narragansett Indian Tribe leaders say artifacts belong to Deerfield family

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, which is charged with overseeing — among other things — Indian burial artifacts in southern New England, says artifacts found on Pine Hill by the University of Massachusetts archaeology field school belong to its Deerfield landowners. “The landowner has … 0