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Price, sites discussed in run-up to 3-town EMS launch

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service, townspeople in southern Franklin County will be asked to approve $749,594 for the regional paramedic service. The latest budget numbers are $235,947 for Sunderland, $125,647 for Whately and $387,999 for Deerfield. The budget reflects the estimated full-year cost to run the regional round-the-clock paramedic service. In October, residents approved only the half-year cost. The administrators … 0

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to town meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to … 0

James Cambias looks upward

Friday, April 18, 2014

On a faraway planet, in an ocean under a kilometer of thick ice, an intelligent underwater species has formed an agrarian society and has prospered for millions of years. If you’re expecting humans to come in and ruin this peaceful story, then you’d be right. But that’s where the sci-fi cliches end in … 0

Deerfield Elementary shaves spending request

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield Elementary School Committee has reduced its budget request by $92,951 to ease fiscal pressures on the town. The request is now $96,559 more than this year’s budget. Rather than a 4.55 percent increase over the current year, the budget would only increase by 2.23 … 0

Deerfield faces $730,311 projected budget shortfall

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With only four weeks to go until the annual town meeting, Deerfield is facing a budget shortfall of $730,311 and it may have to consider a Prop. 2 1/ 2 override — the first in the town’s history. The potential override would be worth about … 0

Bunny battalion

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In this feature photo, Richardson’s Candy Kitchen owner Kathie Williams makes multicolored nonpareils at the business on Friday. Williams says the chocolatiers start in on Easter candies as soon as Valentine’s Day is over — the store is … 0

Puddle investigator

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In this feature photo, Mason Bishop, 3, curiously reaches into a puddle while out with his family in South Deerfield on Tuesday. His mother Mary said Mason and his sister Mackenzie were out to enjoy the warm weather … 0

Preventing domestic violence at work

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Domestic violence doesn’t end outside the home, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is holding conferences intended to train business owners and supervisors in recognizing and responding to domestic violence. The NWDA and area business groups have organized two 3-hour conferences on what employers can do … 0

Letter: Jobs and drugs

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Since my last letter, I’ve taken it upon myself to read law books on the Housing Court. This is what it is according to law definitions. It states that the Housing Court deals in cases of blocking the view, border disputes and building permits. These cases are for … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Wing men

Monday, March 31, 2014

In this feature photo, these male wild turkeys display in a Deerfield field in an attempt to attract hens on Monday. (Recorder/Paul Franz) … 0

Traveling the state’s craft brewers trail

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The state of Massachusetts has teamed up with the state’s breweries to send citizens a message about drinking beer. That message? Drink local. The Massachusetts Craft Brewers Trail highlights 47 breweries in the commonwealth. They’re split into five … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0