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Deerfield’s year without a town administrator

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It has been one full year since the town has had a permanent full-time town administrator. And, despite changes to the job description, searches and public interviews, the Board of Selectmen is still trying to decide how much authority the top manager in town should wield. At its meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, the selectmen will once again discuss the job description … 0

State historical commission supports Deerfield policy

Friday, July 25, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Planners of potential archeological digs will now be informed of the town’s new accountability policy when they apply for a state field permit for investigations in Deerfield. Massachusetts Historic Preservation Officer Brona Simon has agreed to issue the town policy to scientists when they seek a state permit. “The MHC would be happy to include the Deerfield policy with state … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives from TGP parent Kinder Morgan responded to audience questions submitted in writing, echoed many of … 1

New Deerfield frozen yogurt shop offers escape from summer heat

Friday, June 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As the hot, humid days of summer continue to push thermometers ever higher, many local residents are likely looking for good ways to cool down and one new Deerfield business, KD’s Tasty Eats and Treats, … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Mill Village Road in Deerfield to close temporarily for culvert repairs

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — Mill Village Road will be closed from July 7 until Aug. 15 as a culvert is replaced. The road will be closed from the corner of Mill Village Road and Stillwater Road to the intersection of Child’s Cross and Mill Village Road. A culvert that collapsed … 0

Scarborough named interim Deerfield highway superintendent

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Kevin Scarborough will now serve as interim Deerfield highway superintendent. The Board of Selectmen appointed Scarborough, the current facilities manager for the town Highway Department, on Wednesday to fill in after current Highway Director Shawn Patterson leaves on Wednesday. Patterson has resigned to take a … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

MassDOT unlikely to stop Pleasant Street crossing fixes in Deerfield

Monday, June 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The chances that the state Department of Transportation would open up the former Conway Street railroad crossing instead of upgrading the Pleasant Street crossing as planned are slim. “In its current configuration, Conway Street does … 0

Tending South Deerfield memorials a honored duty

Sunday, June 22, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Diane Grybko says she has always held a special place in her heart for the men and women who have served the country she loves so much. “They sacrificed so much for us,” said Grybko … 0

Beekeepers have a field day

Sunday, June 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — “You’ve got to be a little bit crazy to keep bees.” Master beekeeper Mary Duane, of Worcester, gave budding beekeepers some expert advice at the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association’s annual field day at the University of Massachusetts … 0

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 0