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Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association receives grant to expand online dinosaur heritage project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association has received at $300,000 grant to expand its online regional dinosaur heritage project. The money from the National Endowment for the Humanities will be used to expand the association’s “Impressions from a Lost World” project — about the Connecticut River Valley’s famous fossilized dinosaur tracks. The project will use an interactive website to tell the story of how the fossils were formed, how …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes movement, rhythm, voice. Fee associated. First class free. Call 230-1260 or visit originalbodywisdom.com. BLOOD PRESSURE …

Great Falls Equine veterinarian makes house calls within 45 miles of Gill

Sunday, March 22, 2015

GILL — Stephanie Vassar started out on a medical school track — but today her exam room is 90 miles wide and her patients are furry. The 28-year-old Gill veterinarian opened Great Falls Equine in March and makes …

Environmental groups respond to latest impact report filed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, March 20, 2015

While Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s draft environmental impact report for its Northeast Energy Direct project is being reviewed by area groups and communities along the 430-mile-long path, groups have been responding to the proposal in general — especially environmental organizations battling the proposed roughly $5 billion project. Northeast Energy …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst Jonathan Park was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Northampton Jenna Murray was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of …

Beerhunter: Tips for touring the craft beer brewery

Friday, March 20, 2015

Up in Vermont there’s a glow-in-the-dark circus party at the end of the world. Neon streamers and Mardi Gras beads hang all over the place. Colorful string lights set the room aglow. Some visitors hunker down at the …

Frontier Regional, Union 38 consider less-costly approach to professional development for teachers

Thursday, March 19, 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 …

Deerfield grain mill owner cited for fire safety violations

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 …

‘The Art is the Cloth’: Tapestry exhibit at Deerfield Academy reveals the breadth of artistic weaving

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Micala Sidore can still remember the time, back in the 1970s, when she met a weaver in Montpelier, Vermont, when she was a college student. Sidore had been studying literature and languages, but from the moment she watched …

Polish heritage will be celebrated in Deerfield

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — Joe Kielec of Easthampton has always had a strong connection to his Polish heritage, so naturally he considers a trip he took to Poland a few years ago to be one of the high points of his life. “I’d never seen my ancestral country before,” he …

Deerfield threatens legal action against state Department of Public Utilities over Tennessee Gas pipeline

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — If the state Department of Public Utilities grants Tennessee Gas Co. the right to access private property to survey against the wishes of its owner, Deerfield has vowed to expand the federal negligence claims it has filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the federal …

Deerfield woman faces DUI charge after being rescued from Vt. pond

Sunday, March 15, 2015

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman whose car plunged into a Vermont pond was rescued by divers and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Windham County sheriffs say 20-year-old Taylor Tuttle of Deerfield went off Route 142 north around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and went into …