Deerfield

Recorder/Paul Franz
Stephen D. Melnik, owner of the Bar-Way Farm on Mill Village Road in Deerfield, seen above, is being sued by two farm workers for living conditions of the house they has been living in, which is owned by Melnik.

Dairy farm methane digester back on track

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but Bar-Way Farm is on the moo-ve. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he’s restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester on the Deerfield farm that would generate … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A … 0

Historic Deerfield’s new associate curator a period furniture expert

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, and developing exhibits. She is replacing a retiring staffer. Originally from the Detroit, Mich. area, … 0

Early in budget process, Frontier reports level funding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — The first draft of the Frontier Regional School 2016 budget shows no increase over this year, which district administrators said will be achieved mainly through staff retirement or layoffs. The district, which serves Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately, is requesting a budget of $10,035,836, down 0.8 … 0

Making the cut

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The word “papercut” usually conjures the image of a shallow gash on one’s finger and the remembrance of a brief moment of pain, but at the Deerfield Arts Bank, a new exhibit is attempting to … 0

Letter: Handicapped access

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On a recent outing to Greenfield Gardens Cinemas with my wheelchair-bound father, I was appalled to find out how poorly equipped the cinema is to provide equal access to handicapped customers, as mandated by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. My father arrived in an electric wheelchair and … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on … 0

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its … 0

Man rescued from river

Sunday, January 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Deerfield man faces OUI, assault, other charges

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — A local man faces drunk driving and assault and battery charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer during his arrest, and during his booking. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said police stopped a 2007 Camry driven at an estimated 60 miles per hour in a … 0