Deerfield man arraigned on gun, drug charges

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man was arraigned on drug and gun charges in Greenfield District Court Wednesday after state police say they found stolen guns and prescription pills in a storage unit he rented in Greenfield. Jerry L. Jones, 71, of 642 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearms Identification Card, four counts of possession … 0

Expanded Monte’s March doubles last year’s haul

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — When Northampton radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte met with residents of the Mason Square neighborhood in Springfield about food insecurity they were facing, he found that many of them did not live within walking distance of a large supermarket. “This is happening at a time when Northampton has a ton of … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

South County EMS, Whately to discuss new home

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The South County EMS Board of Oversight will enter talks with Whately to hammer out an agreement to rent part of the town’s new office building as its base of operations. The board voted unanimously Thursday … 0

Letter: Intentions clear

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Saturday’s front-page headline was perfectly, chillingly Orwellian, announcing new state and federal grants that “may help towns preserve forests.” In an all-too-familiar venal symbiosis between corrupt state and federal government and industry, however, the actual intentions of such grants are clearly revealed in the article itself. The plans … 0

Letter: One nutty boondoggle

Monday, November 9, 2015

As we all are well aware, out here in western Mass., we all helped pay for the Big Dig project in Boston, but hardly, if ever, use it. We all are also aware of the giant boondoggle the project was, with overruns in cost, falling ceiling tiles, etc. … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

More than two dozen volunteers help veteran’s widow fix up house

Thursday, November 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Eighty-three-year-old Normena Welcome stands at her back door, watching strangers build a ramp, clean her yard, remove tires from the property she’s lived on for many decades, and raze a rickety old shed that has deteriorated … 0

Man who threatened Frontier gets jail time

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional High School in Deerfield last fall will spend the next year behind bars and three years after that on heavy probation. Nicholas … 0

Quarry solar farm hearing continued again

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — The review of a proposed 6 megawatt solar farm to be built on land near the East Deerfield Quarry by the town Conservation Commission has been continued once more to Nov. 19. The Conservation Commission’s continuation is to allow a peer review of the project’s design … 0

Feds move to dismiss locals’ civil lawsuit against pipeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

DEERFIELD — The federal government has asked for a civil lawsuit brought against it by a group of local residents seeking to halt the approval process for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline on constitutional grounds to be thrown out. The lawsuit was originally filed in U.S. District … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Deerfield police nab 3 suspects in farm stand thefts

Friday, October 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with a series of farm stand thefts that took place over the course of more than a month. Cote Thibault, 26, of Turners Falls and Cassey … 1