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Construction of the Interstate 91 bridges in Deerfield began in June 2012.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

State halfway through 1-91 construction

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — As of this week, vehicles heading south on Interstate 91 in Deerfield will be running over a new temporary bridge. The state Department of Transportation switched southbound traffic onto the new bridge this week. The state is halfway through the $40,229,983 project that started in June 2012. It is expected to be completed on time, in the spring … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has no use. Richard Calisewski, the town’s Board of Health agent who has been tasked with identifying the properties by the Board of Selectmen, said there are currently 31 properties that have been identified throughout the town, which encompass … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

On track for summer

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DEERFIELD — After half a lap, the thick rubber band taste of hot all-weather track doused in rain wears off and there’s nothing to the storm but cool water and heavy sneakers. A thunderstorm has threatened all day, … 0

Old Deerfield summer crafts fair remains on hiatus

Friday, July 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s Old Deerfield Summer Crafts Fair will once again be on hiatus this year. According to Executive Director Tim Neumann, neighboring Deerfield Academy has been renting out rooms that are usually needed during the fair. The prep school is using the space … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Conway to form task force to evaluate proposed gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CONWAY — The Conway Board of Health has issued letters to other boards and committees in town requesting the formation of a task force to evaluate the impact of a proposed natural gas pipeline that is proposed to pass through Conway and eight other Franklin County towns on … 0

Long journey home

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — When James Richardson was growing up in 1950s Longmeadow, he loved scouring through the town dump with his friends for unusual items. One of those forays turned up a piece of history: an intricately carved French … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Historic Deerfield gets $30,000 to restore Barnard Tavern

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

OLD DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to complete the restoration of the Barnard Tavern museum building. The colonial museum house has been closed for about six years … 0

Deerfield farmer wants artifacts

Monday, June 30, 2014

DEERFIELD — After allowing the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Field School on their private farmland for years, a Deerfield family is asking for the return of Indian artifacts found on their property. The Yazwinskis of Yazwinski Farm say … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

South Deerfield postman retires after 29 years of service

Friday, June 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For 29 years, Dennis Churchill tirelessly walked up and down the streets of South Deerfield, carrying bundles of letters to be delivered to the neighborhood and greeting residents. The humble postman is retiring from his … 0