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Barrington Lewis, 50, of Jamaica, participates in the Connectict River Valley Farmworker Health Program.

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 cleaned as part of the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program. “It’s real nice. When we really need it, they always provide health care,” he said. Lewis is one of thousands of immigrants from Jamaica and Puerto Rico who travel to the Connecticut River Valley to work on fruit, vegetable and tobacco … 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 Martha Barrett. “This year we really want to concentrate on classroom instruction and staff professional … 0

Whately Select Board accuses state Department of Environmental Protection with obstructing effort to stabilize banks of Mill River

Saturday, August 16, 2014

WHATELY — The Select Board is seeking help from two local legislators in a continuing struggle to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they erode and expose two wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. Claiming that it has reached an impasse with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Select Board recently sent a letter to … 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

Whately Town Administrator Lynn Sibley takes new job in Shelburne

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WHATELY — Lynn Sibley is moving on after nine years as Whately town administrator. Sibley will take a new job as treasurer in Shelburne starting Friday. She said she will continue to work as town clerk in Whately. “I’m trying to simplify my life a little bit, and … 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

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

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

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

South Hadley pulls away from Deerfield late, wins Mickey Mantle championship

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — In what was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel through six innings, South Hadley’s offense eventually came around and put up five runs in the top of the seventh to seal its Mickey Mantle Pioneer … 0

Whately firm faces further review for expansion

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board stopped short Tuesday night of approving local thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s site plan for a proposed expansion of its factory in the town’s industrial park. Instead, the board decided to continue the public hearing on Aug. 19, citing a lack of response to … 0

Large-scale solar project debuts at Fairview Farms in Whately

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s newest solar installation on Long Plain Road went live Thursday with a ceremony at Fairview Farms. The 8,129-panel ground-mounted array was installed by North Andover-based solar developer Nexamp and will produce 2.4 megawatts of electricity annually. According to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement … 0

Deerfield routs rivals, championship bound

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DEERFIELD — In a Mickey Mantle semifinal showdown between rivals Deerfield and Frontier, Deerfield emphatically advanced to the championship with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory at Deerfield Academy’s Headmaster Field on Wednesday. Deerfield was led by a strong team … 0