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Frontier’s response to report of sexual misconduct on campus draws parents’ ire
04-10-2024 5:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Several parents and community members criticized the Frontier Regional School District Tuesday night for its lack of communication over alleged sexual misconduct on campus during school hours in March.Speaking during public comment...

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Conway resident leading pilot program to help families facing financial ‘cliff effect’
04-15-2024 2:37 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

CONWAY — Earning a raise or getting a promotion normally sounds like a great thing, but in the case of low-income workers across the country, it isn’t so simple, as increases in income can leave families ineligible for public assistance.A pay increase...


Bob Armstrong: Saudi-Russian oil collusion affecting gas prices
04-08-2024 6:01 PM

The recent surge in gas prices is being orchestrated. Brace yourselves. What we’re witnessing might be just the tip of the iceberg. Maneuvers by Saudi Arabia and Russia in the global oil market indicate a troubling trend that could have far-reaching...


South County Notebook: April 9, 2024
04-08-2024 2:37 PM

Sunday Speaker series continues at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Holy Family Roman Catholic Church’s Sunday Speaker series continues this Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., with “Mysteries of Fatima.” The presentation will be led...


‘Hiccup’ over excavation stalls bid acceptance for Conway public safety building addition
04-04-2024 1:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — While the acceptance of any bids for the public safety building addition is temporarily delayed as the town works out some “minor hiccups,” officials are hopeful to reach a resolution before a late April deadline.The town has received several...


How and why does wood burn? A basic scientific explanation to help you better heat your home, build the best fire
04-01-2024 3:00 PM

By STEVE THOMAS

A significant number of people in this area burn wood to heat their homes, including a number of new arrivals who may have much interest in doing so, but little experience. Accordingly, I thought it would be worthwhile to write about this subject as...


My Turn: Invasion at the border deliberate
03-25-2024 5:29 PM

By JOHN P. O’ROURKE

 Our federal government has two primary responsibilities: 1) maintaining a strong national defense; and 2) ensuring a stabile economy. Both are fundamental and necessary for a successful country.Under the policies instituted by former President Donald...


Conway Planning Board OKs fee reduction for potential solar array on Roaring Brook Road
03-21-2024 4:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — As BlueWave Solar prepares to potentially expand its list of Franklin County projects by filing site plan review and special permit applications for an agrivoltaic solar array on Roaring Brook Road, the Planning Board approved a request to...


South County Notebook: March 20, 2024
03-19-2024 1:36 PM

Open house to consider senior housing designs SOUTH DEERFIELD — The ad hoc Senior Housing Committee is welcoming residents to an open house Thursday night to get a feel for what the community wants in a potential senior housing project in South...


As new season approaches, Pioneer Valley farmers plagued by streak of hardships
03-15-2024 3:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Farming is already a tough field to make one’s living. Throw in three consecutive years of extreme weather and personal burnout and you’ve got a recipe for what is shaping up to be another difficult year for local farmers.With the weather whiplash of...


Conway puts potential South County Senior Center partnership on pause
03-14-2024 12:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — After a Council on Aging review and months of discussion, the town is putting the prospect of joining the South County Senior Center on hold for now.The main sticking point, Selectboard Chair Philip Kantor said, was there are too many...


My Turn: What’s wrong with the Alabama embryo decision
03-10-2024 12:15 PM

By DONALD JORALEMON

 The recent Alabama Supreme Court decision that asserts embryos are children reflects a central misunderstanding about human reproduction. Fertilizing an ova initiates a biological process that can result in a successful pregnancy and birth, but more...


PHOTOS: The sweetest season
03-09-2024 3:10 PM


Frontier School Committee approves $12.9M budget for FY25
03-08-2024 1:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Following its presentation earlier this week, the Frontier Regional School District School Committee approved a $12.9 million fiscal year 2025 budget on Thursday evening.The FY25 budget represents a 3.14%, or $395,037, increase over...


PHOTOS: For the love of literature
03-06-2024 11:57 AM


Area sugarhouses start tapping season early after warm winter days
03-01-2024 2:58 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

The groundhog predicted an early end to winter: did that also mean an earlier start to maple sugaring? Apparently so, according to several maple sugarers in the Pioneer Valley.“This is the earliest we’ve ever started,” remarked Chip Williams of the...


Deerfield Academy, Conway Grammar School partner to bring Spanish lessons to classroom
03-01-2024 2:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — When the three Deerfield Academy students walked into Jeremy Brunaccioni’s kindergarten class Wednesday morning, they were greeted by a wave of “Holas!” from their newest amigos.The visit was part of a continuing partnership between Deerfield...


High winds knock down trees, power lines across Franklin County
02-29-2024 5:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Strong winds throughout Franklin County toppled dead and dying trees on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, knocking out power and leaving some roads blocked.According to data from the National Weather Service, winds reached speeds as high as 47...


South County Notebook: March 1, 2024
02-29-2024 1:46 PM

Sunderland Democrats to caucus March 2 SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Democratic Town Committee will convene Saturday to elect delegates to participate in the State Democratic Convention in June.The caucus will be held at the Sunderland Public Library,...


James A. Arcoleo: Fleitman’s values benefit everyday Americans
02-22-2024 5:15 PM

This is a letter of support for the reelection of Jay Fleitman and his wife, Mary Lou Stuart, to the Republican State Committee. I have known Jay for many years now and know that his values reflect that of traditional Americans with an emphasis on...


The remedy is in your own backyard: Conway resident enhances health through herbal medicine
02-13-2024 10:53 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Lynn Golan’s Conway home and her Greenfield work space are both filled with materials and tools related to herbalism, yet her early life gave no hints that this would become her chosen path. While growing up near New York City, Golan did not grow a...

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