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Towns to sign ‘Community Compact’ with Lt. Gov. in Heath Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HEATH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is coming to Heath on Thursday to sign a “Community Compact” with town officials from Heath, Rowe and Shelburne in the Heath Community Hall at 1:45 p.m. Polito will also be signing a Community Compact with Deerfield later Thursday. After his inauguration, Gov. Charlie Baker’s first executive order last year was to create a Community Compact Cabinet that would reach out to towns and cities, forming stronger partnerships between the administration and all Massachusetts communities. The Community Compact is a voluntary, mutual agreement between the Baker-Polito administration and individual towns, in which the towns focus on making specific improvements, … 0

Conway opts to contribute $3,000 to districtwide school use study

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CONWAY — Voters have opted to contribute $3,000 toward a study of potentially more efficient use of area school and municipal buildings. Special town meeting voters gave a sound “aye” to the request to pitch in toward a $24,000 study that would examine how town offices and school space in Union 38 could … 0

Two candidates remain in running for Frontier, Union 38 superintendent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts have been named as the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H., and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, have made the cut. … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Peaceful protesters, undeterred by weather, set off on walk against pipeline

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DEERFIELD — A crowd of peaceful protesters are trekking part of the route of the proposed natural-gas pipeline from Northfield to Plainfield, to both commemorate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to put a stop … 0

2-car accident leaves drivers with minor injuries

Friday, January 15, 2016

DEERFIELD — Two drivers escaped with “minor bumps and bruises” after a crash at the intersection of Memorial Street and Routes 5 and 10 Friday night. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. and involved a Mercedes SUV and … 0

Opioid drug fraud lands mom, daughter on probation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton mother and daughter pleaded guilty Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court to more than 200 drug-related charges resulting from the daughter’s opioid addiction. Each woman was placed on probation. Theresa Coe, 49, was accused in … 0

Deerfield school offers gluten-free lunch

Thursday, January 14, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Reid McCoy likes grilled cheese sandwiches. And pasta, too. The problem is those foods don’t always like him back. A year of stomachaches was explained when McCoy was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2015. … 0

Deerfield institutions file as pipeline intervenors

Thursday, January 14, 2016

DEERFIELD — Two major Old Deerfield institutions have added their names to the growing list of town governments, activist groups, organizations and citizens seeking intervenor status in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval process for the proposed Northeast … 0

Several local fire departments receive public fire education grants

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen local fire departments have been awarded public fire education grants by the Baker Administration, including money to work with both classroom teachers and older adults to deliver fire and life safety lessons. The administration announced Wednesday that 228 Massachusetts departments had been awarded Student Awareness … 0

Deerfield Academy settles suit alleging abuse in 1980s

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. — A preparatory school in western Massachusetts has agreed to settle a lawsuit by a former student who alleged he was sexually abused by a faculty member in the 1980s. Deerfield Academy and an attorney for the plaintiff confirmed the settlement on Tuesday. The terms weren’t … 0

Limit lowered for S. Deerfield bridge

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Following a recent inspection by the state Department of Transportation, a North Main Street bridge has been reposted with a six-ton weight limit, significantly restricting the types of vehicles that will be able to use the road. “That excludes most vehicles that are bigger than … 0

Letter: The Wal-Mart ‘issue’

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I see the Wal-Mart issue came up again and its been around 10 years of tax revenue lost. I say the dollar stores had a lot to do with this issue. We were led to believe that the sprawl buster and the so-called abutters were causing a stop … 2