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Officer Robert "Eric" Seaholm sits in a cruiser in Deerfield in the early 1990s.
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Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge of any situation ... and for his role-model status among new department personnel. Seaholm, who served as a member of the Deerfield Police Department from 1977 to 2004 and also worked as a full time sergeant at the Whately Police Department, died July 12 at his home in Arizona after a battle with cancer. “Eric was one of the hearts and souls of the department,” said Paciorek, … 0

Franklin County health boards fight flu clinic change

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — Because of a state policy change, Franklin County boards of health are having to fight to make sure this year is not the last year that towns can run community flu clinics. The state Department of Public Health is now limiting cities and towns to giving state-donated flu vaccines to uninsured adults and children under 18. Previously, the flu vaccines were … 0

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 … 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

State to begin 2nd round for pot shop licenses

Friday, June 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Still no medical marijuana for Franklin County. State medical marijuana dispensary applicants have until Aug. 29 to apply for a provisional license to run a dispensary in Franklin County. The application process will kick off July 9 and licenses will be announced in October. Franklin County … 0

New Deerfield frozen yogurt shop offers escape from summer heat

Friday, June 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As the hot, humid days of summer continue to push thermometers ever higher, many local residents are likely looking for good ways to cool down and one new Deerfield business, KD’s Tasty Eats and Treats, … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Mill Village Road in Deerfield to close temporarily for culvert repairs

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — Mill Village Road will be closed from July 7 until Aug. 15 as a culvert is replaced. The road will be closed from the corner of Mill Village Road and Stillwater Road to the intersection of Child’s Cross and Mill Village Road. A culvert that collapsed … 0

Scarborough named interim Deerfield highway superintendent

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Kevin Scarborough will now serve as interim Deerfield highway superintendent. The Board of Selectmen appointed Scarborough, the current facilities manager for the town Highway Department, on Wednesday to fill in after current Highway Director Shawn Patterson leaves on Wednesday. Patterson has resigned to take a … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

MassDOT unlikely to stop Pleasant Street crossing fixes in Deerfield

Monday, June 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The chances that the state Department of Transportation would open up the former Conway Street railroad crossing instead of upgrading the Pleasant Street crossing as planned are slim. “In its current configuration, Conway Street does … 0