Pastor Peggy Belanger serves alongside her husband, Douglas at Valley Life Church in South Deerfield, an Assembly of God church that meets at Frontier Regional School. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Faith Matters: Where is hope?

Friday, November 27, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this series, email or call 413-772-0261, ext. … 0

Santa arrives at Yankee Candle today

Friday, November 27, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Yankee Candle Co. is having its traditional Christmas shopping season kickoff this weekend at its flagship store on Routes 5 and 10. Santa will arrival by helicopter at 25 Greenfield Road today at 10 a.m. The international seller of candles will kick off the holiday season, predicting about 2,000 people … 0

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowships

Friday, November 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. is accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Historic Deerfield will be accepting seven college juniors (graduating in 2017) and seniors (graduating in 2016) to participate in the nine-week, all-expense-paid fellowship program. During this program, students will live in the historical village, explore history and material culture studies, learn to guide and … 0

Quarry solar farm hearing continued again

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — The review of a proposed 6 megawatt solar farm to be built on land near the East Deerfield Quarry by the town Conservation Commission has been continued once more to Nov. 19. The Conservation Commission’s continuation is to allow a peer review of the project’s design … 0

Feds move to dismiss locals’ civil lawsuit against pipeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

DEERFIELD — The federal government has asked for a civil lawsuit brought against it by a group of local residents seeking to halt the approval process for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline on constitutional grounds to be thrown out. The lawsuit was originally filed in U.S. District … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Deerfield police nab 3 suspects in farm stand thefts

Friday, October 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with a series of farm stand thefts that took place over the course of more than a month. Cote Thibault, 26, of Turners Falls and Cassey … 1

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Fruitful business: Clarkdale Fruit Farms weather 100 years of change

Monday, October 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — If you find yourself stopping in at Deerfield’s Clarkdale Fruit Farms on Upper Road this fall to snag a peck or two of crisp McIntosh apples or a bottle of farm-fresh cider, take a moment to … 0

Turkey shoot: no turkeys harmed

Sunday, October 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — The air crackled with gunpowder and bits of metal Sunday morning for the first turkey shoot of the year at the Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club. The annual series runs five Sundays, ending Nov. 22 this year. … 0

Firefighters torch Deerfield house for training exercise

Saturday, October 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Instead of fiercely attacking a two-story house that was set ablaze by arsonists Saturday afternoon, firefighters gathered in front of the burning structure for a photo opportunity, then stood off to the side and watched the … 1

Seeds of expansion: Food entrepreneur turns Franklin County tomatoes into sauces for Harvard, Tufts

Friday, October 23, 2015

Plenty of tomatoes seemed to be still out on the vine when food entrepreneur Karl Dias was out in Franklin County picking up hot peppers for salsa he was selling to Tufts University last year, and it dawned … 0

Deerfield school roof project enters design phase

Friday, October 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield Elementary School could have a new roof as soon as August, a consultant told the Board of Selectmen this week. Alicia Toney of Pinck and Co., a planning, design and construction consulting firm based in Springfield and Boston, laid out a time line for … 0