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Clarkdale's apple trees are clearly posted on Upper Rd in Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Apple theft brings charges

Friday, October 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Remember the magical apple tree from “The Wizard of Oz” that slapped Dorothy’s hand when she tried to pick an apple? It’s too bad Clarkdale Fruit Farm can’t import a couple of those trees to protect its picturesque roadside apple orchard from travelers who “pick their own” without paying. But a woman who allegedly picked a whole bagful … 0

Deerfield Elementary to get new traffic loop

Friday, October 9, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen this week approved spending $25,000 to install a new traffic loop at Deerfield Elementary School to hopefully reduce congestion problems that have plagued the school in the wake of recent morning drop-off time changes. This year, the drop-off window in the morning has been cut in half, leaving just 15 minutes for parents who drive their … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And … 0

Tilton Library expansion enters design phase

Friday, September 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s Tilton Library plans to expand to make more room for community events and, of course, books. Library Director Sara Woodbury said the library’s Space Needs Committee has recently completed a study of how the library … 0

Occupants escape uninjured after car hits cow

Friday, September 25, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A vehicle was totaled but the driver and two occupants escaped injury after hitting a cow on Route 116. According to Deerfield Police Officer Adam Sokoloski, the accident occurred just before 11 p.m. Thursday when the driver, westbound on Route 116 near the state highway … 0

Turners Falls man arrested after short motorcycle chase

Friday, September 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls motorcyclist was arrested on multiple charges after a short pursuit on routes 5 and 10 Friday. Kyle Grimard, 28, was charged with failing to stop for police, driving to endanger, speeding and a marked lanes violation after he refused to pull over when … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Oct. 1 Memorial Hall lecture focuses on art in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — A lecture Oct. 1 at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s Memorial Hall Museum will focus on the relationship between art and New England’s regional identity. William Hosley, the principal of cultural resource development and marketing firm Terra Firma Northeast, will present a slide lecture featuring the … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Be quick, be bold: Deerfield police sergeant keeps painting fun

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock III sees quite a bit of the color blue in his day-to-day life. From the uniform he dons each shift to the flashing light bar on his cruiser, it’s an almost omnipresent sight … 0

‘Accident waiting to happen’: Reduced drop-off time causes jam at Deerfield Elementary

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A recent policy change that has cut the allowed student drop-off time in the morning at the schools in the Union 38 district in half seems to have been creating some traffic problems at Deerfield … 2