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Josie Silva: Voting age impacts voter turnout
04-22-2024 5:05 PM

I am a student at Frontier Regional School. One reason that I think the voting age should be lowered is that around here, participation in town elections has been very low. Changing the age of voting eligibility would mean that not only would the...

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Jessica Corwin: Lower voting age to strengthen democracy
04-22-2024 5:05 PM

It has always struck me as problematic that most young adults get their first opportunity to vote several months after they have finished their free and appropriate public education. Many have left home by then, leaving them to figure out voting on...


South County Notebook: April 18, 2024
04-17-2024 1:09 PM

Last day to register to vote in Deerfield is April 19; Conway and Whately deadline on the horizon While the deadline to register to vote in Sunderland’s annual town election has passed, there is still time to register to vote in the three other...


Two local school advocates tapped to lead state’s new Small and Rural Schools Committee
04-16-2024 5:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As rural schools and their challenges continue to become a more prominent topic at the state level, two local champions of Franklin County’s schools have been tapped to serve as co-chairs of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ (MASC)...


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...


My Turn: A new bridge over the Conn. River is not asking too much
04-07-2024 4:01 PM

By CRAIG FELTON

 I am grateful to the Greenfield Recorder for granting me space to add to Chris Larabee’s article: “Visioning workshop considers future of downtown (Sunderland)” [Recorder, April 2]. I am quoted, rightly, as saying: “Forget about the roundabout.” I...


PHOTOS: Flowering fundraiser in Sunderland
04-03-2024 4:21 PM


Residents air concerns on clean energy, particularly solar siting, at Sunderland forum
04-01-2024 3:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Residents and clean energy advocates recently got the chance to discuss all things energy with the top House member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, with the siting of solar arrays holding particular...


Residents seek to balance intersection upgrades with preservation of Sunderland character
04-01-2024 12:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With Stantec consultants back in town to gather feedback on potential changes to downtown Sunderland, streetscape improvements, traffic-calming measures, multi-use paths and other similar infrastructure were at the top of residents’ minds...


My Turn: Settlement could dramatically shake-up real estate industry
03-29-2024 8:52 AM

By MICHAEL SEWARD

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently agreed to rules changes as part of a massive settlement. The new rules will put more negotiating power in the hands of consumers. Despite what professionals stated in a recent article in this...


Sunderland open house seeks input on village center’s future
03-19-2024 1:16 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As the town continues to develop its vision for its village center, residents are invited to a public workshop to get directly involved with the process and share their ideas for the future of downtown Sunderland.The workshop will be held...


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...


Two taken to hospital after crash near Sunderland Bridge
03-14-2024 6:26 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

DEERFIELD — Two individuals were transported for medical treatment Thursday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision near the Sunderland Bridge.Deerfield and Sunderland Police responded at around 4 p.m. Two black sedans had crashed into one another...


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...


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...


South County Notebook: March 8, 2024
03-07-2024 3:07 PM

Sunderland Women’s Club holding fundraiser SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Sunderland Women’s Club, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year, is hosting a bingo fundraiser on Friday, March 8, at the South Deerfield Polish Club at 7 p.m.It is $5 per...


Longtime employees buy Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland
03-07-2024 10:47 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The change of the seasons, as farmers know, often brings a slew of other changes along with it, and at Kitchen Garden Farm, this spring brings the largest change of all.Soon, the farm will change hands for the first time since its...


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,...


Suspect arraigned in police cruiser crash in Sunderland
02-26-2024 1:04 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — A Ware man was arraigned on a dozen charges after the vehicle he was driving in allegedly struck both a Deerfield and Massachusetts State Police cruiser in Sunderland on Feb. 18.Latif Owens, 27, has been charged with negligent operation...


My Turn: Coaches failed students, not MIAA — and hypocritical for legislator to demand accountability
02-21-2024 9:35 PM

By MICHAEL SEWARD

Belchertown coaches failed to submit paperwork for the girls’ swim team, preventing them from competing in a tournament. Somehow it’s the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s fault, according to state Rep. Aaron Saunders.Although the...


Driver strikes pair of police cruisers in Sunderland
02-19-2024 3:38 PM

SUNDERLAND — Both a Deerfield Police cruiser and a Massachusetts State Police cruiser were struck after responding to a report of an impaired driver on Sunday. According to State Police spokesperson Brandon Doherty, a trooper from the Northampton...

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