Deerfield

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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

Kulik proceeds with pipeline royalty bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Proposed legislation designed to ensure property owners whose land is taken by eminent domain during natural gas pipeline construction are properly compensated for any gas that travels the line and is sold overseas has been introduced in state House of Representatives. State Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Cybersecurity expert talks digital privacy

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Next time you decide to toss that empty bag of Doritos on the coffee table, Seth Schoen, a staff technician at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, hopes you’ll think twice about saying anything you might not … 0

Conway lawyer: Gas pipeline’s final destination could support Deerfield ban

Monday, January 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England along Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed pipeline is for export, a lawyer representing Deerfield’s Board of Health believes that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders. Many of the … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Future of School Choice at Deerfield Elem. in limbo

Friday, January 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the town of Deerfield facing yet another budget crunch this year, the Deerfield School Committee is weighing whether it will continue to accept students under the state’s School Choice program. The concern is that accepting out-of-town students will end up costing the school money rather … 0

Sprinkler malfunction floods part of Deerfield Inn

Friday, January 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Mopping up the floors is a common sight at most restaurants, but the innkeepers of Deerfield Inn found themselves having to do quite a bit more of that than usual Thursday night when an emergency sprinkler … 2