Pastor Peggy Belanger serves alongside her husband, Douglas at Valley Life Church in South Deerfield, an Assembly of God church that meets at Frontier Regional School. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Faith Matters: Where is hope?

Friday, November 27, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this series, email or call 413-772-0261, ext. … 0

Santa arrives at Yankee Candle today

Friday, November 27, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Yankee Candle Co. is having its traditional Christmas shopping season kickoff this weekend at its flagship store on Routes 5 and 10. Santa will arrival by helicopter at 25 Greenfield Road today at 10 a.m. The international seller of candles will kick off the holiday season, predicting about 2,000 people … 0

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowships

Friday, November 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. is accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Historic Deerfield will be accepting seven college juniors (graduating in 2017) and seniors (graduating in 2016) to participate in the nine-week, all-expense-paid fellowship program. During this program, students will live in the historical village, explore history and material culture studies, learn to guide and … 0

Hearth cooking demonstration warms the soul – and the kitchen

Sunday, November 15, 2015

DEERFIELD — “It’s as easy as pie.” Have you ever used this expression to describe a simple task? If you’ve attended a Historic Deerfield open hearth pie cooking demonstration, you’ll probably refrain from using that phrase ever again. … 0

To save a statue: Specialist thinks Civil War soldier on Old Deerfield Common should be moved inside

Thursday, November 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — A monument conservation specialist has recommended removing the stone soldier that tops a 148-year-old Civil War monument on the Old Deerfield Common and placing it in storage instead of repairing and remounting it as initially planned. … 0

A growing concern: Water-mold blight killing crops in Sunderland, Deerfield

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Even in the risky world of farming, a particularly nasty risk is Phytophthora, the very name of which sounds scary. A water-mold blight that can kill entire crops of pumpkins, cucumbers or peppers, Phyotopthora capsici is especially problematic … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

South County EMS, Whately to discuss new home

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The South County EMS Board of Oversight will enter talks with Whately to hammer out an agreement to rent part of the town’s new office building as its base of operations. The board voted unanimously Thursday … 0

Letter: Intentions clear

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Saturday’s front-page headline was perfectly, chillingly Orwellian, announcing new state and federal grants that “may help towns preserve forests.” In an all-too-familiar venal symbiosis between corrupt state and federal government and industry, however, the actual intentions of such grants are clearly revealed in the article itself. The plans … 0

Letter: One nutty boondoggle

Monday, November 9, 2015

As we all are well aware, out here in western Mass., we all helped pay for the Big Dig project in Boston, but hardly, if ever, use it. We all are also aware of the giant boondoggle the project was, with overruns in cost, falling ceiling tiles, etc. … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

More than two dozen volunteers help veteran’s widow fix up house

Thursday, November 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Eighty-three-year-old Normena Welcome stands at her back door, watching strangers build a ramp, clean her yard, remove tires from the property she’s lived on for many decades, and raze a rickety old shed that has deteriorated … 0

Man who threatened Frontier gets jail time

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional High School in Deerfield last fall will spend the next year behind bars and three years after that on heavy probation. Nicholas … 0