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LifePath gets $125K grant to facilitate benefits enrollment
02-19-2024 9:14 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, LifePath is looking to help folks in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as the North Quabbin region, get past the complex forms and eligibility requirements for numerous...

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Whately town administrator takes job in Hampden
02-17-2024 5:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the impending departure of Town Administrator Brian Domina, the Selectboard is planning to find an interim solution while the town undergoes the extended process of finding a permanent replacement.Domina, who has served as Whately’s...


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 &...


Study for new South County Senior Center yet to be completed as deadline looms
02-10-2024 5:50 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Despite the South County Senior Center’s three member towns having received a $75,000 grant in December 2022 to conduct a feasibility study on the South Deerfield Congregational Church to see if it could serve as the center’s long-term home, a study...


Deerfield looks to ‘most feasible alternative’ for wastewater treatment plant
02-08-2024 4:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Having considered early potential designs for the Old Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant put forward by the town and a group of nonprofits residing in town, Deerfield officials say their plan makes more financial sense moving forward.In...


Whately seeks input as master planning process begins
02-07-2024 10:27 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — As the town prepares to undertake its master planning process to chart out Whately’s next 15 years, it is seeking residents’ input for phase one.With the last update to the town’s master plan coming in 2011, Whately, in partnership with the...


Whately Selectboard loosens police detail requirements at Club Castaway
02-04-2024 1:21 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Following several check-ins, the Select Board has opted to loosen Club Castaway’s police detail requirements to just Friday and Saturday nights.When the club reopened in October, the board opted to require a police detail each Thursday,...


New campaign to push toward Tilton Library’s $2M goal for expansion project
01-31-2024 4:30 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With Tilton Library approaching the early-spring start date for its expansion project, the library is launching its newest capital campaign to continue climbing toward its goal of $2 million.The “I Heart Tilton” campaign launched on...


Sunderland Elementary School unveils new mural on International Night
01-30-2024 12:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — In celebration of Sunderland Elementary School’s 15th annual International Night, the school unveiled a new mural inspired by students’ work to honor the school’s diverse community.Located in the hallway leading to the library, the mural...


Frontier, Union 38 school committees renew super’s contract
01-27-2024 11:04 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school committees voted unanimously on Wednesday to renew Superintendent Darius Modestow’s contract for another five years.Modestow has served the district in different capacities over the years and...


As solar array and battery storage debate heats up, Whately backs municipal zoning bill
01-23-2024 10:24 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Joining several neighboring communities in the Pioneer Valley, Whately’s Select Board has signaled its support to write a letter to the Legislature advocating for legislation that could allow municipalities more control over solar energy...


Child and family care providers hail reimbursement rate hike
01-18-2024 8:30 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Local child and family care providers are hailing the Healey-Driscoll administration’s recent boost of reimbursement rates for child care services as a “welcome change.” Last week the Board of Early Education and Care approved Gov. Maura Healey’s...


Deerfield residents approve $5 million in road repairs at special Town Election
01-17-2024 3:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — After falling short the first time, residents on Tuesday signaled their support at the ballot box in authorizing up to $5 million in borrowing for road repairs.After a close rejection in December, voters at a special Town Election approved...


Flight instructors, student pilot killed in plane crash on Greenfield-Leyden line
01-15-2024 12:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Authorities on Monday identified the three victims of the fatal plane crash on the Greenfield-Leyden line on Sunday.Fredrika Ballard, 53, of Southwick, William Hampton, 68, of Indian Orchard, and Chad Davidson, 29, of Woodstock,...


New South County EMS chief starts Feb. 5
01-15-2024 9:49 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With the Deerfield Selectboard’s vote Wednesday afternoon and contract signatures delivered Friday, South County EMS will welcome Auburn Fire Department EMS Coordinator Joshua Sparks as its second-ever chief.Sparks, 48, who has a...


Sunderland Public Library closing for carpet replacement project
01-10-2024 11:50 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Public Library will close for two weeks starting Wednesday as it undergoes an extensive carpet replacement project.From Wednesday, Jan. 10 through Tuesday, Jan. 23, the library will be closed and all in-person services will...


New planning, economic development coordinator looks to help Deerfield grow
01-09-2024 2:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the December arrival of Christopher Dunne, the town now has the planning and economic development coordinator it has been seeking for years.Dunne, 34, has spent the first month of his job getting to know the town, his counterparts,...


Unveiling of Town Hall mural to conclude Deerfield’s 350th anniversary events
12-26-2023 9:32 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As Deerfield’s 350th year comes to an end, there is one final community event scheduled before the calendar flips to 2024.In the theme of celebrating Deerfield’s long history, a new, permanent mural highlighting the town’s eras will...


Sharing the giving spirit: Deerfield elementary students donate food, raise money for Amherst Survival Center 
12-22-2023 2:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

AMHERST — As the holiday season comes to a close in the next few weeks, students from Deerfield Elementary School’s Out-of-School-Time Program have gotten into the giving spirit themselves.Earlier this month, students put together small, handmade...


Deerfield churches to hold open houses on Dec. 10 
12-07-2023 5:24 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Through the morning and afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 10, Deerfield’s churches are welcoming the public for a day of open houses and socializing with neighbors, as the community enters the final stretch of its 350th anniversary...


Worthington resident and his brother arrested after allegedly shooting deer from truck in Colrain
12-06-2023 11:31 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested two brothers Saturday night after they allegedly shot a deer from their truck while in Colrain.Police arrested Colrain resident Seth Doull, 51, and Worthington resident Ira Doull, 46, on...

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