Deerfield

Fundamental zoning changes on the line at Deerfield town meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for a new factory on the former Oxford Pickle property. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Frontier Regional School auditorium. Annual … 0

South Deerfield’s Wolfie’s reopens after fire

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Wait staff darted to and fro, dropping off martinis, burgers and bowls of cole slaw in Wolfie’s restaurant Thursday afternoon. Through a small, rectangular window, kitchen manager Steve Almstrom could be seen dropping toppings and croutons on salads or swiftly folding flour tortillas into lunch wraps. Though the restaurant had … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at their town … 0

Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CONWAY — When it was announced last fall that the price of electricity was expected to spike this winter and that Berkshire Gas would impose a moratorium on new customers due to a regional shortage of natural gas, … 2

Dino-might! PVMA gets $300K grant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Grant? Dinosaurs? It sounds like something out of a particular Michael Crichton novel of Jurassic note, but at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association those two things have more in common than colorful Jeeps and velociraptors. The … 0

Whately school spending would see tiny hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHATELY — Whately Elementary School joins the Conway Grammar School as a South County public school proposing a budget that keeps increases below 2 percent without cutting staff. The school’s $1.5 million budget is a 0.6 percent increase over this year, making it the lowest increase of any … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Letter: Enlighten us

Monday, March 23, 2015

It is indeed ironic that Mr. Bates exhorts us to consider the source. When he next feels the urge to pen yet another demonstration of his innumeracy, he might instead tell us what, precisely, he is “skeptical” of. Does he or does he not “believe” that CO2 is … 1

Letter: Fire assistance

Friday, March 20, 2015

I am writing on behalf of the Deerfield Fire Department in thanks to the many local communities that assisted us in extinguishing the grain mill fire. We were challenged with cold weather, lack of water and limited access to the fire. Our surrounding towns as well as those … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Deerfield grain mill owner hit with fire safety fines

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — The owner of an old grain mill in the East Deerfield Rail Yard didn’t have the proper permits to be performing work that sparked an early morning fire in the building March 6. Phillip Nash of … 0

For whom the bell tolls sooner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Martha Barrett, the superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, began receiving reports on district-wide absences through a new substitute and absence management system this year, she noticed a trend that disturbed her. The district’s five schools were spending quite a bit … 0