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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 year access food during the summer. The church plans to fill a 10-by-12-foot van with nonperishable food. The collection will be Saturday … 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 to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 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 of any situation ... and for his role-model status among new department personnel. Seaholm, who … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

MassDOT unlikely to stop Pleasant Street crossing fixes in Deerfield

Monday, June 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The chances that the state Department of Transportation would open up the former Conway Street railroad crossing instead of upgrading the Pleasant Street crossing as planned are slim. “In its current configuration, Conway Street does … 0

Tending South Deerfield memorials a honored duty

Sunday, June 22, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Diane Grybko says she has always held a special place in her heart for the men and women who have served the country she loves so much. “They sacrificed so much for us,” said Grybko … 0

Beekeepers have a field day

Sunday, June 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — “You’ve got to be a little bit crazy to keep bees.” Master beekeeper Mary Duane, of Worcester, gave budding beekeepers some expert advice at the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association’s annual field day at the University of Massachusetts … 0

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

ASHFIELD — A “community rights” resolution regarding large-scale electricity-generating wind turbines and high-pressure natural gas pipelines is on Monday’s special town meeting agenda, along with a ban specifically aimed at the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline that is to go through Ashfield, among other Franklin … 2

Deerfield selectmen seek delay in planned railroad crossing upgrade

Friday, June 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen is asking the state Department of Transportation to delay its planned upgrades to the Pleasant Street railroad crossing until the state justifies why it can’t move the crossing to Conway Street. … 0

Largest honeybee field workshop in Northeast set for Saturday in South Deerfield

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Health problems plaguing honeybees have been well documented in the news media, books, and even a few recent films. Despite this attention to honeybee pests, diseases and other potential maladies, very few practical solutions have been offered to beekeepers and others concerned about their plight. … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0