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KWarren Simpson, 52, of Jamaica, uses the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program.

Staying healthy in the fields

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — For seven years, Barrington Lewis has travelled from Jamaica to Deerfield to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth cleaned as part of the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program. “It’s real nice. When we really need it, they always provide health care,” he says. Lewis is one of thousands of immigrants from Jamaica and Puerto Rico who travel to the Connecticut River Valley to work on fruit, vegetable and tobacco … 0

Belchertown man arrested in New Salem break-ins

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW SALEM — After a month of investigation, the New Salem Police Department has filed charges against Belchertown resident Tyrone G. Ulmer Jr., 43, for allegedly breaking into two homes. On July 29, Lt. Marcy Helems and Detective John Bonafini responded to reports of break-ins at homes on North Main Street and Crowl Road, according to a press release from the department. Working … 0

‘Welcome to Fragile City’ installation tonight in Deerfield

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — The barn of Ava Gips and Steve Anderson at 617 River Road is hosting an art installation called “Welcome to Fragile City” by New York City artist Priscilla Stadler from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. The installation features “art and architecture by wasps, birds and humans,” according to a press release. … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives … 1

Reps. Mark, Kulik voice opposition to gas pipeline

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five more western Massachusetts legislators have come out publicly against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, along with Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, issued a joint written statement Friday declaring their opposition to … 0

Turners Falls earns battlefield grant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It has been 338 years and since the Great Falls on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and Montague took a place in the bloody geography of King Philip’s War, and two years since the most recent effort to study the battle began. Unsuccessful last … 0

Food drive for area food bank at S. Deerfield church

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In an effort to help school children access food during the summertime, the Holy Family Church in South Deerfield is holding a benefit for the Food Bank of Western Mass. The benefit helps kids who receive breakfast and lunch through the school during the school … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans … 0

Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge … 0

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 … 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 … 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, … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0