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Farmers grateful to have normal growing season after devastating 2023 floods
07-16-2024 7:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — After a frantic emergency response to save animals and equipment on July 10, 2023, David Fisher and Maggie Toran assessed their farm field as memories of Hurricane Irene came flooding back.At their horse-powered, community-supported...

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Frontier Regional School student directs short film ‘Averted’
07-21-2024 9:00 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As the middle of summer vacation approaches, most Frontier Regional School students are likely working, taking trips with friends and enjoying all their free time.For Connor Mabius, however, this break serves as a chance to sit in the...


Furthering the goal of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’: Deerfield Transfer Station adds swap shed
07-18-2024 4:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The old saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but what if there was no need to throw the item out in the first place? Beginning this past weekend, Deerfield residents using the Transfer Station now have a new outlet...


As wastewater treatment plant nears finish line, damaged pipe crimps celebration
07-13-2024 6:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While the near-completion of the South Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant is welcome news for residents, the reveal of a damaged effluent pipe to the Connecticut River is likely less so.As the years-long project approaches the...


Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst
07-13-2024 6:55 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a $195,090 MassTrails grant, visions of people walking and biking on the Norwottuck North Shared-Use Path from Whately to Amherst are one step closer to becoming a reality.Alongside a $76,840 match from Sunderland, which is the lead...


Yankee Candle consolidation prompts loss of 100 jobs
07-10-2024 7:42 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, Yankee Candle’s parent company, announced Monday that Sept. 9 will be the last day of operations at its distribution facility at 27 Yankee Candle Way.The news of an official date to end distribution operations there...


Deerfield DPW superintendent retiring after ‘a pretty cool ride’
06-30-2024 8:40 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — After 10 years as superintendent and countless miles of driving up and down Deerfield’s roads, Highway Superintendent Kevin Scarborough is hanging up his keys.The longtime highway boss, who joined the department in 2010 before assuming the...


Whately Selectboard considers easing Club Castaway’s police detail requirement long-term
06-22-2024 3:27 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Club Castaway can continue to operate without a police detail on Thursdays for a while longer, while the Selectboard considers dropping the Thursday night requirement on a more long-term basis.The board has been easing the strip club back...


CISA reaches Growing Resilience campaign goal, awards more no-interest loans to farmers
06-21-2024 12:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fresh off awarding $222,000 in no-interest loans to farmers affected by 2023’s flooding, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) has also reached its $1.8 million goal in its Growing Resilience capacity-building...


Petitions seeking single ZIP code, peace in Gaza passed by Whately voters
06-20-2024 2:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Along with the 29 town-submitted articles, citizen’s petitions about having a single ZIP code for the town, a resolution to end the war in Gaza and lowering the municipal voting age were all approved at Whately’s annual Town Meeting.Over two...


More than 200 acres protected for agriculture in Deerfield’s North Meadows
06-19-2024 4:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the execution of two separate conservation restrictions by Historic Deerfield and the Antonellis family, more than 200 acres of land in Deerfield will remain permanently accessible for agriculture.In early May, Historic Deerfield...


$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-17-2024 1:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Voters will be asked to consider a $6.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and a slew of capital projects at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held outside Whately Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The $6.4 million...


Deerfield Selectboard picks company for South County Senior Center feasibility study
06-15-2024 2:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a grant extension in hand, the Deerfield Selectboard has selected edmSTUDIO, a Unionville, Connecticut-based architecture firm, to conduct a feasibility study to help the South County Senior Center determine an optimal site for...


He may have been America’s first Black composer: Juneteenth concert at Historic Deerfield to feature music of Sawney Freeman, among others
06-14-2024 2:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In celebration of Juneteenth, folks are invited to join a star-studded group of early American musical performers at Historic Deerfield, as they take on a wide variety of music from regional African American composers and band leaders.Kicking off a 7...


500-plus cyclists expected for annual Bikes Fight Cancer fundraiser
06-13-2024 1:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you see groups of bikers on the road anywhere between Deerfield and Northfield on Saturday morning, they are likely one of hundreds of people riding in the fifth annual Bikes Fight Cancer fundraiser.Kicking off at Tree House...


Incumbent retains Whately Selectboard seat for second term
06-12-2024 4:33 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Selectboard Chair Fred Baron emerged victorious in Tuesday’s election, defeating political newcomer Joshua Harris in the town’s only contested race on the ballot, 205-109.Voter turnout was 30.8%, as 325 of the town’s 1,055 registered voters...


Political newcomer challenging incumbent for Whately Select Board seat
06-10-2024 10:39 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Select Board Chair Fred Baron is facing a challenge from political newcomer but longtime Pioneer Valley resident Joshua Harris in the only contested race on Tuesday’s election ballot.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 8...


A burst of hot pink in Old Deerfield: Extensive Barbie collection on view at PVMA before heading to auction
06-07-2024 12:31 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

At the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s upcoming garden party this weekend for its new “Barbie – All Dolled Up” gallery exhibit, it’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Barbie.The museum is welcoming folks on Sunday, June 9, to the official opening of the...


S. Hadley administrator accepts Pioneer principal position
06-06-2024 3:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — An assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School has accepted the principal position Pioneer Valley Regional School. Annie Scanlan-Emigh, an educator for 17 years, is making her way up Interstate 91 to join Pioneer, where she is...


New sidewalks, improved crossings coming to North Main Street in South Deerfield
05-27-2024 11:28 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a trio of bids awarded, two long-envisioned North Main Street improvements will be coming this summer, with sidewalk replacement and crosswalk improvement projects on deck, all while a feasibility study will be conducted for a...


Frontier students meet local veterans while placing flags for fallen heroes
05-24-2024 3:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Thanks to a collaboration between Frontier Regional School students and the Hale-Clapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295, veterans’ graves in South Deerfield’s three cemeteries got fresh American flags ahead of Memorial...

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