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Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Fundamental zoning changes on the line at Deerfield town meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for a new factory on the former Oxford Pickle property. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. … 0

South Deerfield’s Wolfie’s reopens after fire

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Wait staff darted to and fro, dropping off martinis, burgers and bowls of cole slaw in Wolfie’s restaurant Thursday afternoon. Through a small, rectangular window, kitchen manager Steve Almstrom could be seen dropping toppings and croutons on salads or swiftly folding flour tortillas into lunch wraps. Though the restaurant had … 0

Deerfield budget forum set for tonight

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DEERFIELD — Facing another tough financial situation this year, Deerfield’s Board of Selectmen will host a public meeting tonight to present the annual budget and give townspeople a chance to ask questions about it. According to Town Administrator Kayce Warren, the final numbers are still being worked out, … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

For one Quaker group, a pipeline pilgrimage

Sunday, April 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — If you took a drive around Deerfield Saturday afternoon, chances are you saw a pack of people walking down the road, a banner that read “Climate Change, An Invitation to New Life?” unfurled between them and … 0

Letter: Color my world

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Your newspaper is an each-day adventure for me. Sunup, then I join the world. Instant coffee and get The Recorder newspaper. It’s 3 a.m. airmailed onto our garage floor. What’s happening ... big things, little things, or not-to-bother things. And, WOW, each day I smile and marvel at … 0

Magic Wings owners plan to sell business

Friday, April 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — Over the past decade and a half, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield has grown from a small start-up to one of the area’s most unusual attractions — like a caterpillar emerges from its chrysalis … 0

Zoning industrial park for modernity

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Deerfield’s Industrial Park was built in the 1970s, the Deerfield Economic Development Industrial Corp. charged with overseeing it created a plan that laid out its ultimate vision for what would occur within its limits. The vision was to have the park operate as a … 0

Wolfie’s still closed after Tuesday fire

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — Wolfie’s in South Deerfield hopes to reopen within a couple of weeks, following an early morning kitchen fire Tuesday, according to Amanda Kassing, the restaurant’s manager. Though the fire was extinguished within about five minutes after firefighters arrived, the restaurant area and kitchen sustained smoke and … 0

COG plans to intervene on pipeline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and other … 0