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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...

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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 &...


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...


Digging out from deluge: Municipal clerks scramble amid flood of ballot requests, paperwork
02-09-2024 8:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A temporary worker in the Holyoke city clerk’s office brought on to deal with the influx of mail-in ballot requests for the presidential primaries is ensuring that 2,700 or so ballots are already in the hands of those who want to cast their votes...


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...


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...


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...


Annette Pfannebecker: Congress must find solutions to stop death toll in Gaza 
01-23-2024 5:07 PM

Ten U.S. senators joined Sen. Bernie Sanders to pass Resolution 502B© under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. This resolution simply asks the State Department for a report on human rights records of any country receiving U.S. military assistance....


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...


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...


Byron Coley: Move Deerfield forward on Jan. 16
01-12-2024 1:12 PM

The torrential storms last summer wreaked havoc on Deerfield’s roads and culverts, leading to millions in repair costs.At the public information session on Jan. 9, Select Board Chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness and Police Chief John Paciorek highlighted...


Deerfield officials make case for road repair borrowing request ahead of second election
01-12-2024 9:08 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Clearing the air ahead of a second special election on Tuesday that seeks borrowing authorization to pay off road repairs from the summer’s rainstorms, town officials this week laid out a presentation explaining why the borrowing is...


Frontier students raising money to head to national quiz bowl competition
01-11-2024 6:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With Frontier Regional School’s “As Schools Match Wits” team earning a national tournament nod, it is looking to the community for a little help in getting to Illinois.After a strong performance at the Mayflower Cup tournament at...


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,...


Tree House Brewing Co. co-founders deny minority shareholder’s lawsuit claims
01-03-2024 3:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — Tree House Brewing Co.’s majority owners have filed a formal response to a lawsuit brought by the brewery’s only minority shareholder, denying allegations of a breach of fiduciary duty. In documents filed in Hampden County Superior Court...


Slew of farm bills advancing on Beacon Hill
01-01-2024 2:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A permanent disaster relief fund to assist farmers devastated by acts of nature, and providing farmers more flexibility for using their properties once they are protected in the Agricultural Preservation Restriction program, are bills the state...


Tree House Brewing gets conditional OK for capacity of 5,000
12-28-2023 7:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Tree House Brewing Company has been given the go-ahead to more than triple its occupancy for the coming season, pending public safety officials’ approval of a emergency action plan.The Select Board gave the conditional approval...


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...

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