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Warren Simpson, 52, of Jamaica, uses the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program.

Staying healthy in the fields

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — For seven years, Barrington Lewis has travelled from Jamaica to Deerfield to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth cleaned as part of the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program. “It’s real nice. When we really need it, they always provide health care,” he says. Lewis is one of thousands of immigrants from Jamaica and Puerto Rico who travel to the Connecticut River Valley to work on fruit, vegetable and tobacco … 0

Belchertown man arrested in New Salem break-ins

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW SALEM — After a month of investigation, the New Salem Police Department has filed charges against Belchertown resident Tyrone G. Ulmer Jr., 43, for allegedly breaking into two homes. On July 29, Lt. Marcy Helems and Detective John Bonafini responded to reports of break-ins at homes on North Main Street and Crowl Road, according to a press release from the department. Working … 0

‘Welcome to Fragile City’ installation tonight in Deerfield

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — The barn of Ava Gips and Steve Anderson at 617 River Road is hosting an art installation called “Welcome to Fragile City” by New York City artist Priscilla Stadler from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. The installation features “art and architecture by wasps, birds and humans,” according to a press release. … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Good report from South County EMS

Friday, August 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County’s new regional ambulance service has been operational for one month and Chief Zachary Smith, the service’s director, says things are running smoothly so far. Smith appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen this … 0

Letter: No middle ground?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sherrill Hogen’s My Turn about the Israeli attacks on Gaza prompted me to write about the way that the middle ground in the Israel-Palestine conflict has become tragically obscured, even though a decade ago it seemed that the two-state solution was within reach. The condemnation of Israel for … 0

Deerfield selectmen to discuss admin. role

Sunday, August 3, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen will hold an additional meeting this month to discuss the job descriptions of town administrator and executive administrative assistant. The meeting will be held on Wednesday in the Town Hall. The town has been without a permanent town administrator since Bernard Kubiak … 0

Scam artists hope to dupe Deerfield residents

Friday, August 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Have you received a phone call lately that just didn’t seem quite right? Were you offered something that seemed too good to be true? According to the Deerfield Police Department, there’s a pretty good chance that it is, and they’re warning the town’s residents to double … 0

Vermont man arrested after struggle, chase

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man facing heroin dealing charges and a slew of other offenses allegedly asked the Lord for help before fighting a state trooper and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with him locking the doors of his disabled car and lighting a cigarette, … 0

Wax paranormal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you’re familiar with the television show ‘Ghost Hunters’ and the iconic black and yellow ‘TAPS’ logo-covered vans driven by its cast, you may find yourself feeling a bit hesitant to enter the Yankee Candle … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

Drug suspect stopped on I-91 after wrestling with, escaping trooper

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Police stopped a suspect fleeing from state troopers by flattening his car tires with a “spike strip” thrown across a section of Interstate 91 Wednesday evening. Paul Heim, 30, of Woodstock, Vt., faces drug and assault charges after allegedly running from a State Police trooper … 0

Rally reaches Statehouse

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday, bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse. Speakers included local legislators, Reps. Stephen Kulik, and Denise Andrews, all opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 1