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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

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