Deerfield

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she has been in contact with a couple people living in our hills who told her about other snowfalls she didn’t know about because the snow didn’t fall where she lives. Remember, all you have to do is track a cat. So folks, it looks like we’ve got only two or three more … 0

East Deerfield quarry could be site of new solar farm

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Deerfield may be home to another solar farm in the near future. All States Materials Group, which owns the Trew Stone quarry on River Road, is working with a developer to hammer out the details of a proposed 6-megawatt solar farm on their property, which is larger than most other arrays built in Franklin County in recent years. According to … 0

Dairy farm methane digester back on track

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but Bar-Way Farm is on the moo-ve. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he’s restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Deerfield man faces OUI, assault, other charges

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — A local man faces drunk driving and assault and battery charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer during his arrest, and during his booking. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said police stopped a 2007 Camry driven at an estimated 60 miles per hour in a … 0

Kulik proceeds with pipeline royalty bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Proposed legislation designed to ensure property owners whose land is taken by eminent domain during natural gas pipeline construction are properly compensated for any gas that travels the line and is sold overseas has been introduced in state House of Representatives. State Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Cybersecurity expert talks digital privacy

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Next time you decide to toss that empty bag of Doritos on the coffee table, Seth Schoen, a staff technician at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, hopes you’ll think twice about saying anything you might not … 0

Conway lawyer: Gas pipeline’s final destination could support Deerfield ban

Monday, January 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England along Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed pipeline is for export, a lawyer representing Deerfield’s Board of Health believes that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders. Many of the … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0