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Cristobal Bonifaz, a Conway lawyer, will represent a group of Franklin County residents in a federal lawsuit related to the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline project. Submitted Photo/Cristobal Bonifaz

Area residents file federal suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, asks the federal government to halt all activity of any federal agency related to approval of the pipeline project and argues that a related 2005 amendment to the federal Natural Gas Act is unconstitutional. It claims that the plaintiffs — Holly and Gordon Lovelace of Northfield; Eric and Carolyn Ness of Deerfield; Kelly and Michael Paulsen of Plainfield, Woolman Hill, Inc., a Deerfield Quaker … 0

Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing set for Aug. 5

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board will hold four public hearings to hear directly from residents, officials, and other interested persons about their concerns relating to the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline project. The hearing in Franklin County will be held Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The board is also seeking comments on … 0

Driver uninjured after branch falls on car in Deerfield

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield man is OK after his car was struck by a falling tree branch on River Road around 5:45 Thursday evening. The incident followed a brief but intense thunderstorm during the afternoon. Old Deerfield Fire Chief Chet Yazwinski said the driver was traveling south on River Road when the branch fell, striking the front of the vehicle and continuing over … 0

Krav Maga: ‘Quick, effective, deadly’

Friday, July 10, 2015

“Empty your pockets, give me all of it!” screams the man in the olive-colored shirt, pointing a small handgun directly at Tracey Schryba of Colrain. “Everything, now!” Beads of sweat speckling his face, Schryba slowly backs a few … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

Letter: Battle of the Books

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Recently a number of libraries got together, on June 27, to take part in a Battle of the Books for middle-school-age students at the South Hadley Library. The goal of this event was to give small libraries a chance to offer a larger event while collaborating with other … 0

Brief, but powerful: Deerfield residents recount Tuesday’s microburst

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — Moira Megargee of Deerfield could see the storm coming as she worked in her garden on Hillside Road Tuesday evening. She figured she’d have a bit more time to finish up before the rain hit. What … 0

PILOT bill has flexibility for small nonprofits

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A bill designed to give local governments more power to require nonprofits to contribute more money to their budgets could see larger organizations like Deerfield Academy paying much more each year, but it provides for more discretion when it comes to smaller organizations. If the … 0

How could Kulik’s PILOT bill affect private schools?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a bill filed by Rep. Stephen Kulik passes legislative muster this session, private schools and other nonprofits in Franklin County could see themselves contributing more toward their host town’s budget than they’ve had to in … 0

Deerfield hit by microburst; Whately also sees damage

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The National Weather Service has confirmed a microburst hit South Deerfield on Tuesday. The microburst produced straight line wind damage just before 5 p.m. The service said the estimated path length was just short of half a mile. Deerfield Police reported Hillside Road closed via social media around … 0

New Deerfield showroom for N.E. Meeting House Design

Monday, July 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield business that specializes in interior remodelling has found itself practicing what it preaches over the last two weeks: Deerfield-based New England Meeting House Design is moving to a new showroom on Routes 5 and … 0