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Ben Derivolkov and Max Charest make a “lava lamp” by pouring salt through a layer of oil on top of colored water, which initially sinks and then floats back up as it reacts with the water, during a demonstration of physics at the Math and Science Academy in Greenfield.
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Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout Franklin County head back to school, starting … 0

STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts and humanities into the classroom. At Frontier Regional School, teachers have been meeting since last spring to learn new ways to support the arts and music in the curriculum. “From an academic standpoint, research shows that students who … 0

JM Farms sues state for nixing license

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public Health to halt the state medical marijuana selection process and to explain why it didn’t grant a license to JM. The nonprofit has joined two … 0

Bement School program immerses Asian students in Colonial times, English language

Friday, August 8, 2014

DEERFIELD — Surrounded by a small group of Asian children dressed in authentic 17th-century Colonial attire, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association artist-in-residence Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette took a handful of loose herbs and began passing around sprigs. “The way to tell … 0

Labor of love: Deerfield family completes gravestone restoration project

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DEERFIELD — As a boy growing up in Deerfield, Chris Harris remembers taking trips with his aunt to the Laurel Hill Cemetery, where he would put charcoal or crayons to stone, lifting imprints of the stones that mark … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

Deerfield selectmen vote to offer permanent position to interim town administrator

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DEERFIELD — After being without a town administrator for over a year, the Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday night to offer the town’s top managerial role to Kayce Warren, who currently holds the position on an interim basis. The vote, which passed unanimously, came after nearly two hours … 0

Deerfield to review zoning to kickstart industrial park growth

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DEERFIELD — Salvation may be on the horizon for Deerfield’s struggling industrial park. The Deerfield Economic Development and Industrial Corp. will conduct a review of the town’s zoning bylaws in an effort to attract new tenants and spur … 0

Deerfield man charged with shoplifting, possession of heroin

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man faces heroin and shoplifting charges after police say he tried to steal several DVDs from a local supermarket. Jacob Jarvenpaa, 32, whose last known address was given as being in Deerfield, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to charges of shoplifting and … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Good report from South County EMS

Friday, August 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County’s new regional ambulance service has been operational for one month and Chief Zachary Smith, the service’s director, says things are running smoothly so far. Smith appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen this … 0

Letter: No middle ground?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sherrill Hogen’s My Turn about the Israeli attacks on Gaza prompted me to write about the way that the middle ground in the Israel-Palestine conflict has become tragically obscured, even though a decade ago it seemed that the two-state solution was within reach. The condemnation of Israel for … 0