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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

Jacob Jarvenpaa of Deerfield faces heroin, shoplifting charges after incident at Greenfield supermarket

Thursday, August 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man faces heroin and shoplifting charges after police say he tried to steal several DVDs from a local supermarket. Jacob Jarvenpaa, 32, of 15 Elm St., Deerfield, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to charges of shoplifting and heroin possession. Officer Patrick Buchanan … 0

Deerfield Select Board names Kayce Warren permanent town administrator

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DEERFIELD — After being without a town administrator for over a year, the Select Board voted Wednesday night to offer the town’s top managerial role to Kayce Warren, who currently holds the position on an interim basis. The unanimous vote came after nearly two hours of impassioned debate, … 0

Frontier beats Northampton, claims 12U Suburban League softball championship

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

HADLEY — Early runs led the Frontier 12-and-under softball team to the program’s first Suburban League championship with a 7-5 win over Northampton on Wednesday at Hopkins Academy. “This is the furthest Frontier has gone in 12U. Last … 0

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young … 0

Agencies team up for first ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will pool their efforts Wednesday to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing … 0

Deerfield police warn of telephone scam

Monday, August 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — Have you received a telephone call lately that just didn’t seem quite right? Were you offered something that seemed too good to be true? According to the Deerfield Police Department, there’s a pretty good chance that it is too good to be true, and town residents … 0

Deerfield Select Board to discuss job descriptions for town officials

Monday, August 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall to discuss the job descriptions of town administrator and executive administrative assistant. The town has been without a permanent town administrator since Bernard Kubiak retired from the position in June 2013. Wendy Foxmyn took … 0

Field day at the UMass research farm aims to teach area farmers about latest innovations

Sunday, August 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Pigs and bumblebees were there, as were biochar, solar collectors and energy- saving coolers. Agricultural field day at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research Farm is an annual chance for farmers to see … 0

Deerfield chief: New ambulance service running smoothly

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Action still sought on animal abuse bill BOSTON (AP) — The sponsor of legislation that would stiffen penalties for animal cruelty in Massachusetts is still hoping the measure will become law even though it fell short of final passage as the Legislature ended formal sessions for the year. … 0

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly … 0