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Clarkdale's apple trees are clearly posted on Upper Rd in Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Apple theft brings charges

Friday, October 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Remember the magical apple tree from “The Wizard of Oz” that slapped Dorothy’s hand when she tried to pick an apple? It’s too bad Clarkdale Fruit Farm can’t import a couple of those trees to protect its picturesque roadside apple orchard from travelers who “pick their own” without paying. But a woman who allegedly picked a whole bagful … 0

Deerfield Elementary to get new traffic loop

Friday, October 9, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen this week approved spending $25,000 to install a new traffic loop at Deerfield Elementary School to hopefully reduce congestion problems that have plagued the school in the wake of recent morning drop-off time changes. This year, the drop-off window in the morning has been cut in half, leaving just 15 minutes for parents who drive their … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Deerfield hit and run leads to OUI charges

Monday, September 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield man faces drunken driving charges after police say he crashed his car on Routes 5 and 10 near Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, then fled the scene. Deerfield Police officers Brent Griffin and … 0

Regional Notebook

Friday, September 11, 2015

Whately tax abatement forms due WHATELY — Residents of Whately who have land registered under Chapters 61A (agricultural) or 61B (recreational) tax abatement programs are reminded that the final day for filing their annual applications for fiscal year 2017 will be Oct. 1. Application forms are not mailed … 0

Frontier Regional and Union 38 superintendent to retire

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — This school year will be Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Martha Barrett’s last with the school district. Barrett announced this week that she plans retire at the end of June. Barrett announced her plans … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at www.fcts.org/apprentice/menu.html. Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

Summer’s fun but so is fall

Sunday, September 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — An autumnally cool morning gave way again to summer warmth Sunday, and many were out making the best of the long Labor Day weekend as the unofficial last two days of summer. Mira Weare, 2, watched … 0

Faith Matters: The challenge and the life

Friday, September 4, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when … 0