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Pigs and crops area rotated at the UMass Farm to see the economical feasibility as opposed to trucking in manure to fertilize.  Recorder/Paul Franz

UMass farm showcases field rotation, solar innovations, bee research

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Pigs and bumblebees were there, as were biochar, solar collectors and energy-saving coolers. Agricultural field day at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research Farm is an annual chance for farmers to see the latest innovations in crop research, and Tuesday’s event drew more than 60 people to view 18 ongoing trials, including one that integrated … 0

Historic Deerfield seeks volunteers for Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is looking for additional volunteers to help run its Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15. The event is being held in collaboration with the Highland Street Foundation, a Newton-based organization that works to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts. It will offer entry to the … 0

Yankee Candle names new CEO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Hope Margala has been named as the new chief executive officer of Yankee Candle Co. She enters the position after having served as the company’s president of retail and EVP Brand, Innovation and Merchandising. Margala will replace Harlan Kent, who had been with the company for the last 13 years, … 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

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

South Deerfield postman retires after 29 years of service

Friday, June 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For 29 years, Dennis Churchill tirelessly walked up and down the streets of South Deerfield, carrying bundles of letters to be delivered to the neighborhood and greeting residents. The humble postman is retiring from his … 0

State to begin 2nd round for pot shop licenses

Friday, June 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Still no medical marijuana for Franklin County. State medical marijuana dispensary applicants have until Aug. 29 to apply for a provisional license to run a dispensary in Franklin County. The application process will kick off July 9 and licenses will be announced in October. Franklin County … 0

New Deerfield frozen yogurt shop offers escape from summer heat

Friday, June 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As the hot, humid days of summer continue to push thermometers ever higher, many local residents are likely looking for good ways to cool down and one new Deerfield business, KD’s Tasty Eats and Treats, … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Mill Village Road in Deerfield to close temporarily for culvert repairs

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — Mill Village Road will be closed from July 7 until Aug. 15 as a culvert is replaced. The road will be closed from the corner of Mill Village Road and Stillwater Road to the intersection of Child’s Cross and Mill Village Road. A culvert that collapsed … 0