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Mohawk science teacher Kathleen Stier in Harbin, China, during a weeklong summer institute to teach AP course work to Chinese teachers. 
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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 teaching Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome mat that awaited us upon our arrival,” … 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 fill the position. The town has been seeking a new crossing guard since the last … 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 at 22 Old Main St. from Jennifer A. Wood, a personal representative, on July 29. … 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

Blooming Backpacks celebrates 10 years of helping families

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — Five years ago Tyanna Normandin received a backpack stuffed with notebooks, pens and pencils from a stranger through Blooming Backpacks, one of United Way of Franklin County’s campaigns to help struggling families in the community. Normandin … 0

Asian children get Colonial history lesson in Old Deerfield

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — Surrounded by a small group of Asian children dressed in authentic 17th-century Colonial attire, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association artist-in-residence Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette took a handful of loose herbs and began passing around sprigs. “The way to tell … 0

Whately Zoning Board of Appeals approves special permit for Bayer MaterialScience expansion

Friday, August 8, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastics company Bayer MaterialScience has cleared a hurdle in its quest to expand its factory. The Whately Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for the expansion and granted a variance for the building’s height Thursday night. Now, the company must receive approval of its … 0