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Franklin County health boards fight flu clinic change

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — Because of a state policy change, Franklin County boards of health are having to fight to make sure this year is not the last year that towns can run community flu clinics. The state Department of Public Health is now limiting cities and towns to giving state-donated flu vaccines to uninsured adults and children under 18. Previously, the flu vaccines were available to anyone, according to Deerfield Board … 0

State halfway through 1-91 construction

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — As of this week, vehicles heading south on Interstate 91 in Deerfield will be running over a new temporary bridge. The state Department of Transportation switched southbound traffic onto the new bridge this week. The state is halfway through the $40,229,983 project that started in June 2012. It is expected to … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has no use. Richard Calisewski, the town’s Board of Health agent who has been tasked with identifying the properties by the Board of Selectmen, said there are currently 31 properties that have been identified throughout the town, which encompass … 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

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

ASHFIELD — A “community rights” resolution regarding large-scale electricity-generating wind turbines and high-pressure natural gas pipelines is on Monday’s special town meeting agenda, along with a ban specifically aimed at the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline that is to go through Ashfield, among other Franklin … 2

Deerfield selectmen seek delay in planned railroad crossing upgrade

Friday, June 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen is asking the state Department of Transportation to delay its planned upgrades to the Pleasant Street railroad crossing until the state justifies why it can’t move the crossing to Conway Street. … 0

Largest honeybee field workshop in Northeast set for Saturday in South Deerfield

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Health problems plaguing honeybees have been well documented in the news media, books, and even a few recent films. Despite this attention to honeybee pests, diseases and other potential maladies, very few practical solutions have been offered to beekeepers and others concerned about their plight. … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Clarkdale: Pipeline would cut through 100-year-old orchard

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — A proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline could cut through the peach and apple orchards that have been growing fruit in the Deerfield River Valley for a 100 years, according to owners of Clarkdale Fruit Farm. Surveyors with … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Deerfield highway director Shawn Patterson leaves town a better place

Monday, June 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Two and a half years ago, the Deerfield Highway Department was working from an underheated, dilapidated building. Though it was 2011, the department digs were better suited to the 1950s. On top of that, the … 0