Deerfield

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

It takes a village to raise a playground

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — They say it takes a village to raise a child, but Deerfield Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization hopes its own village will turn out for a weekend in August to help raise something else for those children. The PTO is using Community Preservation Act money approved by Town Meeting two years … 0

South County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Opportunities to submit comments on pipeline DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents who want to make their concerns about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project will have until August 31 to submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is currently going through a scoping process to prepare an environmental impact statement about the project, which will factor into its … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor collecting for other youngsters

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our young neighbor Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, who is a sophomore at Stoneleigh Burnham School, is currently working on an independent community service project through the school. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Comfort Wagon Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Seven comfort wagons … 0

20-year-old Nigerian student drowns while swimming in Deerfield River Sunday

Sunday, July 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — A 20-year-old Nigerian student from the University of Massachusetts Lowell drowned while swimming in the Deerfield River near Stillwater Bridge Sunday evening, according to Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. Multiple agencies reported to the rope … 0

Deerfield ZBA OKs 6-megawatt solar farm

Friday, July 10, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night granted a variance to the company that wants to build a 6-megawatt solar energy farm on 18 acres of a 200-acre property near the East Deerfield Quarry … 0

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0

Krav Maga: ‘Quick, effective, deadly’

Friday, July 10, 2015

“Empty your pockets, give me all of it!” screams the man in the olive-colored shirt, pointing a small handgun directly at Tracey Schryba of Colrain. “Everything, now!” Beads of sweat speckling his face, Schryba slowly backs a few … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

Letter: Battle of the Books

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Recently a number of libraries got together, on June 27, to take part in a Battle of the Books for middle-school-age students at the South Hadley Library. The goal of this event was to give small libraries a chance to offer a larger event while collaborating with other … 0

Brief, but powerful: Deerfield residents recount Tuesday’s microburst

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — Moira Megargee of Deerfield could see the storm coming as she worked in her garden on Hillside Road Tuesday evening. She figured she’d have a bit more time to finish up before the rain hit. What … 0