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M.L. Schmitt to install solar array at Old Deerfield wastewater treatment plant

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Soon water won’t be the only thing that’s considered “clean” at the Old Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant. A new solar energy system is expected to be up and running by the end of the year and will cover about half of the building’s electricity needs. The Deerfield Select Board has hired the sole bidder on the project, Springfield-based electrical contractor M.L. Schmitt, to install the array. “The bid … 0

Deerfield Select Board opposes Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline, schedules hearing on health issues

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — A lawyer with an office in Amherst has offered his assistance to the town of Deerfield in its fight to stop the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline. Cristobal Bonifaz made the offer during a standing-room-only special meeting of the Select Board Wednesday night called to consider a resolution opposing the pipeline that is similar to those approved by other Franklin County … 0

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers take advantage of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — Barrington Lewis has traveled from Jamaica to Deerfield for seven years to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth … 0

New Salem police charge Tyrone Ulmer Jr. of Belchertown with breaking into two homes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW SALEM — After a three-week investigation, the New Salem Police Department has filed charges against Tyrone G. Ulmer Jr., 43, of Belchertown for allegedly breaking into two homes. Lt. Marcy Helems and Detective John Bonafini responded to reports of break-ins at homes on North Main Street and … 0

Curriculum coordination, professional development the focus for Frontier Regional, Union 28 schools this year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district will have new staff and programs while emphasizing professional development and increased collaboration among the schools and district towns this year. “Last year, we spent a lot of time focusing on mandates from the state,” said Superintendent … 0

Making a living wage? Agricultural Justice Project reaches out to area farmers over issues of fairness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When buying tomatoes or lettuce, there’s so much to consider: freshness, price, taste, farming practices — and fairness. With a resurgence of interest in Pioneer Valley agriculture, some advocates have begun to look for ways to make sure … 0

Meeting Wednesday in Deerfield to discuss proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Saturday, August 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Select Board will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the town offices to discuss the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline. Concerned residents have called for a special Town Meeting to present a nonbinding resolution opposing the pipeline project for approval by voters. … 0

Alan Wicklund of South Deerfield denies drunken driving after car hits another vehicle and catches on fire

Friday, August 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — An accident on Lee Road left the driver arrested and his car in flames early Friday morning. Deerfield Police said that Officer Chad Wrisley responded to reports of a burning car on Lee Road at 1:22 … 0

Franklin County firefighters describe experience battling forest fire in Washington state

Friday, August 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Four wildland firefighters from southern Franklin County have returned from the West Coast, where they have been part of a crew that battled a massive forest fire outside Leavenworth, Washington. Jesse Hanacek of Whately, Greg Whittier … 0

Deerfield officials voice concerns about upgrades to railroad crossings

Thursday, August 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Town officials still have unaddressed concerns about the state’s planned upgrades to two railroad crossings, even as the work has begun. The upgrades, which have been designed to accommodate Amtrak passenger trains traveling between New York and Montreal through Greenfield, have been the source of … 0

Two hurt in two-car crash on I-91 South in Hatfield Tuesday night

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HATFIELD — Two people were injured after the vehicle they were in rolled over as a result of a two-car accident Tuesday night on I-91 south in Hatfield. State Police Trooper Dustin Fitch said that at 11:43 p.m., … 0

Keeping Tabs of the Arts: PaintBox Theatre’s ‘Tarzan’ and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jungle story PaintBox Theatre will close its summer season with a production of “Tarzan,” under the roof inside the Grandstand at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. The classic tale that’s been adapted and directed by Tom McCabe, … 0

Regional ambulance service again considers library building in Whately as permanent headquarters

Monday, August 11, 2014

WHATELY — For the third time, the new regional ambulance service in southern Franklin County is exploring the possibility of purchasing the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System’s building in the Whately industrial park for its permanent base of operations. The South County EMS Board of Oversight met last … 0