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Deerfield

Western Mass. dino-might

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — In 1835, Dexter Marsh, a local laborer, was busy at work laying slabs of stone sidewalk in Greenfield when he noticed something in the stone that piqued his interest: tiny depressions that appeared to be the tracks of large birds. Marsh, recognizing the abnormality and likely significance of his findings, took them to a local physician named James Deane, who, in turn, wrote to scientists in Albany, Philadelphia, New Haven and the newly founded Amherst College to ask for opinions on the discovery. One professor at Amherst College, Edward Hitchcock, took a keen interest in the footprints and eventually determined that they were … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive with activity. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival? … 0

Rock like a caveman: Stone Age Skills festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — As the chillier days of fall roll in, two local organizations will give families the opportunity to get in touch with their inner cave man. The Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club and the Deerfield Education and Conservation Corporation will host a semi-annual Stone Age Skills Celebration on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will be held at the … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

Letter: Our hyprocrisy

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gov. Patrick signed the “Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety” bill and then presumably enjoyed a “steak” or a “hamburger” for lunch. The only thing more staggering than the intellectual compartmentalization and moral hypocrisy represented here is the extent to which it is perfectly, pervasively “normal” in the lives … 0

Letter: Stop fueling our crisis

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do we really want to pump as much natural gas as possible into the world’s economic engine so that we can race to the next crash? After hearing the company presentation at GCC, it is clear that the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline is a business venture … 0

Letter: Our ‘problem’

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wal-Mart, Walgreens have a certain ring to their names. Does Mr. Norman have fetish for companies whose names start with “Wal.” How come he didn’t mention Stop & Shop or Apple or any of the hundreds of companies. Boycott Walgreens. No, I think everyone should boycott Greenfield. Before … 0

Calling all chairs

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Whether it’s the old rocking chair in the corner of the living room or the paint-splattered stool from which you’ve crafted masterpieces, everyone has a favorite chair. On Tuesday and Sept. 7, Deerfield resident Jane … 0

De-tech-tive work pays off after robberies

Friday, August 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fast food bag, a change machine and the innovative use of GPS technology has helped the Deerfield Police Department catch a man they allege broke into a Pine Nook Road home on July 30 and stole several expensive items. Tyrone G. Ulmer, 43, of Belchertown, … 0

Lexington man charged in Deerfield violent assault

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Lexington man was still in jail Friday evening awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and his stepbrother, even though he had successfully got his bail set far lower than prosecutors wanted. David Whaland, 32, of 14 Sunny Knoll Terrance in Lexington, has been charged … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

Deerfield extends voter registration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town will extend its town clerk’s office hours to allow residents the opportunity to register to vote in the Sept. 9 primary. The last day to register to vote in the primary is today. The town clerk’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to … 0