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Rock like a caveman: Stone Age Skills festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — As the chillier days of fall roll in, two local organizations will give families the opportunity to get in touch with their inner cave man. The Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club and the Deerfield Education and Conservation Corporation will host a semi-annual Stone Age Skills Celebration on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club at 721 River … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating an old house on Wisdom Way to serve as a child-friendly center where a multidisciplinary … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Greenfield Community College. Each film must focus on a sustainable … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

S. Deerfield trucking company fined by DEP

Sunday, August 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Local trucking company Henry C. Kocot & Sons Inc. has been fined $3,000 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection after it was found to be in violation of a number of hazardous waste paperwork rules and wastewater disposal rules. The violations included failures to maintain … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible … 0

STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts and humanities into the classroom. At Frontier Regional School, teachers have been meeting since last spring to learn new ways to support the … 0

JM Farms sues state for nixing license

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public Health to halt the state medical marijuana selection process and … 0

Deerfield Academy purchases Thorn Estate in Old Deerfield for $1.5M

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased a piece of property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn Estate at 22 Old Main St. from Jennifer … 0

Calling all crossing guards

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DEERFIELD — Students at Deerfield Elementary School may get a surprise as they head to and from school, at least for the first few months of the year. Assistant Principal Clay Connor is temporarily filling in as school crossing guard at Pleasant Street as the town looks to … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0