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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 in Toronto earlier this month and is … 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 teaching Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome … 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

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