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State fines Deerfield trucking company $3,000 for hazardous waste, wastewater disposal violations

Monday, September 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Local trucking company Henry C. Kocot & Sons Inc. has been fined $3,000 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for violations of hazardous waste paperwork rules and wastewater disposal regulations. The violations include failures to maintain waste-oil records for the oil generated and burned in a small space heater and to register as a “very small quantity” generator of hazardous waste. According to documents provided by the … 0

Montreal-based online farm-to-fork marketplace eyes Pioneer Valley

Friday, August 29, 2014

Getting food from local farms onto more local menus is an idea that’s been on everyone’s plate for a while. Farms and restaurants need a matchmaker, and beyond that, someone who will play the time-consuming role of coordinator, and then deliver the goods. Enter Provender, a Montreal-based online farm-to-fork marketplace that also launched … 0

Conway residents question safety, contents of proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CONWAY — The safety of the community and questions about the contents of natural gas that will flow through a proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline dominated a special Select Board meeting in Conway Thursday night. In a question-and-answer session that followed a brief presentation by parent company Kinder Morgan, about 75 local residents spent the better part of two hours quizzing representatives from … 0

Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about … 0

Deerfield Elementary School seeks crossing guard

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — Students at Deerfield Elementary School may get a surprise as they head to and from school, at least for the first few months of the year. Assistant Principal Clay Connor is temporarily filling in as school crossing guard at Pleasant Street as the town looks to … 0

MAP Deerfield Academy buys John F. Thorn estate for $1.5 million

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn estate … 0

Unsuccessful applicant for medical marijuana license in Franklin County sues state

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public … 0

Residents and their favorite chairs wanted for photo montage as part of Deerfield Arts Bank exhibit

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Whether it’s the old rocking chair in the corner of the living room or the paint-splattered stool from which you’ve crafted masterpieces, everyone has a favorite chair. Deerfield resident Jane Trigere wants you to bring that cherished seat out to the Deerfield Arts Bank on … 0

Lexington man faces attempted murder charge after alleged attack on foster brother, ex-girlfriend in Old Deerfield

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Lexington man remained in jail Friday evening awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and his foster brother, despite having his bail set far lower than prosecutors requested. David Whaland, 32, , has been charged with attempted murder, five counts of assault and battery with … 0

Technology, fast-food bag help lead police to Belchertown suspect in Franklin County house breaks

Friday, August 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fast-food bag, a change machine and the use of GPS technology helped lead Deerfield Police to a Belchertown man who allegedly broke into a Pine Nook Road home on July 30 and stole expensive items. Tyrone G. Ulmer, 43, has been charged with a felony … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0