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Vermont man arrested after struggle, chase

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man facing heroin dealing charges and a slew of other offenses allegedly asked the Lord for help before fighting a state trooper and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with him locking the doors of his disabled car and lighting a cigarette, forcing troopers to smash his window to get him out, according to police. Paul Heim, 30, of Woodstock, Vt., pleaded innocent Thursday … 0

Wax paranormal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you’re familiar with the television show ‘Ghost Hunters’ and the iconic black and yellow ‘TAPS’ logo-covered vans driven by its cast, you may find yourself feeling a bit hesitant to enter the Yankee Candle Village this weekend. But worry not — if you see one parked out front, they’re … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” Sherry, who grew up in Florence and lived in Greenfield … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

2 Franklin County towns back contracts for archaeological digs

Monday, July 7, 2014

DEERFIELD — Two Franklin County historical commissions have adopted a policy that would require archaeological entities with state permits to draw up contracts with private landowners if they want to dig or survey private lands. The accountability policy, created by the Deerfield Historical Commission and adopted this winter … 0

On track for summer

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DEERFIELD — After half a lap, the thick rubber band taste of hot all-weather track doused in rain wears off and there’s nothing to the storm but cool water and heavy sneakers. A thunderstorm has threatened all day, … 0

Old Deerfield summer crafts fair remains on hiatus

Friday, July 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s Old Deerfield Summer Crafts Fair will once again be on hiatus this year. According to Executive Director Tim Neumann, neighboring Deerfield Academy has been renting out rooms that are usually needed during the fair. The prep school is using the space … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Conway to form task force to evaluate proposed gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CONWAY — The Conway Board of Health has issued letters to other boards and committees in town requesting the formation of a task force to evaluate the impact of a proposed natural gas pipeline that is proposed to pass through Conway and eight other Franklin County towns on … 0

Long journey home

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — When James Richardson was growing up in 1950s Longmeadow, he loved scouring through the town dump with his friends for unusual items. One of those forays turned up a piece of history: an intricately carved French … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Historic Deerfield gets $30,000 to restore Barnard Tavern

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

OLD DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to complete the restoration of the Barnard Tavern museum building. The colonial museum house has been closed for about six years … 0

Deerfield farmer wants artifacts

Monday, June 30, 2014

DEERFIELD — After allowing the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Field School on their private farmland for years, a Deerfield family is asking for the return of Indian artifacts found on their property. The Yazwinskis of Yazwinski Farm say … 0