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Dane Jobost, a part-time police officer with the Deerfield Police Department, originally from Athol, currently commuting from Worcester, gives a written warning to a woman he stopped for speeding on Main Street in Deerfield Tuesday afternoon, October 6. Jobost, still in training, was hired in July of this year. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Don’t care to share: South County cool to study on police regionalization

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A study that looks at how the police departments of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately could consolidate or regionalize their services was met with little enthusiasm during a recent meeting of the town’s police chiefs and selectmen, with some saying that such a plan could cost more than it would provide in benefits. The study was performed by … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being safe and secure online. Presenters include members of the United States Attorney’s Office as well … 0

70-year-old charged in August crash

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Whately man has been charged in August’s car vs. Coca-Cola truck accident in Bernardston but didn’t show up for his arraignment Tuesday Stanley J. Lakota, 70, of 59 River Road, is charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, negligence and driving on a license revoked after the Registry of Motor Vehicles deemed him a habitual traffic offender. Lakota … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Whately special town meeting approves $75,000 for Mill River stabilization

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — Whately voters approved spending $75,000 to mitigate the impact of a project to stabilize the banks of the Mill River on native endangered species and gave the Selectboard a green light to sell an easement on a plot of land that houses a cell tower, among … 0

Whately secures bond to buy regional library building

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — The saga of Whately’s attempt to find a solution to its town office space needs has finally entered the homestretch after nearly half a decade of design, proposals, rejections and debate. The town will close on … 0

Car hits pole on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately

Monday, September 28, 2015

WHATELY — A 67-year-old Deerfield man was transported to Franklin Medical Center after crashing into a utility pole on Route 5 and 10 around 8:15 p.m. Monday. Trooper Matthew Guarino of the Massachusetts State Police said the man, who was not identified, sustained what appeared to be “minor … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Faith Matters: Ministering with God’s special touch

Friday, September 25, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0