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Deerfield residents petitioning to fix ‘dangerous’ intersection
04-20-2024 6:47 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With 12 collisions between 2021 and 2023 and likely an even greater number of close calls at the intersection of Routes 5 and 10, North Main Street and Mill Village Road, two residents have launched a petition asking the state Department...

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Deerfield voters to decide 8 capital projects at Town Meeting
04-20-2024 2:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As residents prepare for Town Meeting on April 29, the Selectboard and the Capital Improvements and Finance committees have laid out their approved capital projects for the upcoming year.Voters will be asked to consider directly...


AT&T’s proposed cell tower extension moving forward in South Deerfield
04-19-2024 4:45 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — AT&T’s plans to extend the cell tower behind the South Deerfield Fire District can proceed following recent approval from the Deerfield Zoning Board of Appeals.The project previously received approval from the Planning Board to raise...


Painting a more complete picture: ‘Unnamed Figures’ highlights Black presence and absence in early American history
04-18-2024 3:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In partnership with the American Folk Art Museum, Historic Deerfield is presenting an exhibition on the unexplored histories of Black people in early America.“Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North” explores Black...


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...


Sen. Markey informs Deerfield Elementary students about online privacy law
04-11-2024 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fifty-two students coming of age during a time enveloped by social media and online influence spoke with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey on Monday to discuss proposed legislation that would update a law enacted 26 years ago to better protect...


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...


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...


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...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
03-28-2024 11:56 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


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...


Brendan Kuntz: Thank you Tara Jacobs
03-17-2024 9:24 AM

Governor’s Council is a forgotten elected office every election cycle until an underdog wins. District 8 Councilor Tara Jacobs beat out four other men because she appealed to rural western Massachusetts voter sentiment. She just stood up again for us...


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...


Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-06-2024 12:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...


Jan Kopinto: Red light, green light
03-01-2024 3:00 PM

Red light, green light was a game a lot of us played as kids. The obvious red light meant stop and green light meant go. However, today that game has changed at stop lights. Green still means go but now it seems that red light also means go. Who...


Maryanne Bernini Caughlin, Catherine Brown and Cornelia Klimczak: Unitarian Universalists advocating for reparations
02-29-2024 3:39 PM

Several members of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence’s (USNF) Racial Justice Team attended New England Public Media’s and Springfield College’s Feb. 15 hosting of the screening of a very moving new documentary film “The Cost of...


The night that changed Deerfield forever: New book gives a comprehensive look at the infamous Deerfield Massacre of 1704
02-29-2024 2:26 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

If you’re from the region, you’ve probably come across the story of the 1704 attack on Deerfield, or, at least one of the many monuments placed around the county commemorating the English colonists.But how much do you really know of this time period,...


Hillside Pizza closes Hadley location, but business brisk at other locations
02-24-2024 11:20 PM

By GRACE LEE

HADLEY — Hillside Pizza has closed its 15-year-old location at 173 Russell St., though owners report that the Super Bowl marked a record-breaking year in sales and fundraising efforts for the other two locations in South Deerfield and Bernardston....


HVAC company gets green light to move to Deerfield
02-16-2024 4:12 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With approval from the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Deerfield Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (DEDIC), a Haydenville company will move into the industrial park.Western Mass. Heating, Cooling &...

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