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Wheeling for Healing returns to South Deerfield to raise money for cancer treatment
04-16-2024 11:11 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a successful move to Yankee Candle last year, the 17th annual Wheeling for Healing event is back on May 19, as the fundraiser seeks to continue raising tens of thousands of dollars for cancer patients receiving treatment within...

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Housing bylaw coming to Whately Town Meeting
04-08-2024 11:11 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — In an effort to promote housing diversity and affordability in town, the Planning Board is proposing a community housing bylaw that mirrors the state’s Chapter 40B process, while preserving local permit control.The board held a public...


Northampton firm lands Tilton Library project in Deerfield
04-07-2024 10:54 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Roughly 10 years after the project’s seeds were planted, Tilton Library’s expansion project is just weeks away from beginning, as the town has awarded the construction bid to D.A. Sullivan & Sons Inc.The Northampton construction...


U.S. Rep. McGovern talks national issues, local effects at South County Senior Center
04-06-2024 11:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a visit to the South County Senior Center, much of U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s discussion with residents focused on national issues, such as immigration and the war in Gaza. Still, the longtime Worcester Democrat emphasized these...


Residents seek to balance intersection upgrades with preservation of Sunderland character
04-06-2024 10:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With Stantec consultants back in town to gather feedback on potential changes to downtown Sunderland, streetscape improvements, traffic-calming measures, multi-use paths and other similar infrastructure were at the top of residents’ minds...


Deerfield Planning Board OKs site plan for cell tower extension
04-06-2024 10:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Plans to extend the cell tower in South Deerfield by an additional 20 feet can move forward to the Zoning Board of Appeals, following unanimous approval of the site plan from the Planning Board last week.The Planning Board gave AT&T...


Where to view (and prep for) Monday’s solar eclipse in the Pioneer Valley
04-04-2024 4:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Monday’s solar eclipse will begin at approximately 2:15 p.m. and will end at 4:40 p.m.While the eclipse will reach approximately 95% obscurity at 3:28 p.m., even this little remaining bit of sunlight is still extremely dangerous to view with the naked...


‘One of the great gifts of nature’: Expert shares science, viewing methods behind April 8 solar eclipse
04-04-2024 4:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Folks around the Pioneer Valley and throughout the U.S. will be treated to one of the solar system’s most extraordinary events on Monday afternoon. At about 3:28 p.m., the moon will overtake the sun and our celestial partner’s shadow will drag across...


Residents air concerns on clean energy, particularly solar siting, at Sunderland forum
04-02-2024 4:45 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Residents and clean energy advocates recently got the chance to discuss all things energy with the top House member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, with the siting of solar arrays holding particular...


Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity
04-01-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Take a drive down Routes 5 and 10 and count the number of electric or hybrid vehicles you see. Compare those numbers to what you saw two years, five years or 10 years ago and you’re likely looking at a significant increase.Data from the Massachusetts...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
04-01-2024 1:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants recently collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final public meeting...


As expansion project begins, Tilton Library move set for April 15
03-30-2024 11:44 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Tilton Library has an official date for its move next door to the South Deerfield Congregational Church’s function hall, as its long-awaited expansion project is nearly set to begin.The library will officially move on April 15, but...


Latest plan for Whately Center School opts to retain town ownership
03-30-2024 11:42 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the rejection of two reuse proposals that involved selling the building, the future of the Whately Center School is now back in the hands of the town, as the Select Board opted last week to let the school’s Visioning Committee flesh out...


South Deerfield residents share views on senior housing options
03-26-2024 12:24 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Three initial designs for a potential senior housing project that would serve as a key piece of the town campus is receiving positive feedback from residents.At an open house attended by more than 40 residents last week, town...


Sunderland open house seeks input on village center’s future
03-23-2024 1:40 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As the town continues to develop its vision for its village center, residents are invited to a public workshop to get directly involved with the process and share their ideas for the future of downtown Sunderland.The workshop will be held...


Karuna Center adds peacebuilding experts to team
03-22-2024 4:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With two new members on its board of directors, the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding is looking to continue its international work, while also expanding on its mission here in the valley.In recent weeks, the international and domestic peace-building...


Streak of hardships plague valley farmers
03-17-2024 1:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Farming is already a tough field to make one’s living. Throw in three consecutive years of extreme weather and personal burnout and you’ve got a recipe for what is shaping up to another difficult year for valley farmers, as they prepare their fields...


Amid lukewarm response to sale proposals, Whately committee seeks leeway on plan for historic school
03-17-2024 10:01 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Having received two responses to a request for proposals for the sale of the Whately Center School, members of the Center School Visioning Committee are asking for more time to come up with an idea to retain the historic building.Jenny...


National Park Service to survey Deerfield River
03-17-2024 8:38 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The National Park Service will conduct a reconnaissance survey on the Deerfield River to see if it is eligible to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River.A designation would protect free-flowing sections of the Deerfield River —...


$50K grant will fund geothermal heat study in South Deerfield
03-11-2024 8:40 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the help of a $50,000 grant, the town will explore the feasibility of a geothermal heating and cooling system for the proposed town campus project.Over the next year, Deerfield will explore the possibility of using the earth below...


Longtime employees buy Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland
03-10-2024 10:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The change of the seasons, as farmers know, often brings a slew of other changes along with it, and at Kitchen Garden Farm, this spring brings the largest change of all.Soon, the farm will change hands for the first time since its...

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