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Valley Bounty: Peaches make their sweet return: Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield celebrates a bountiful season
07-19-2024 11:12 AM

By LISA GOODRICH

After much anticipation, peaches are ripe and now available on farm stands and at farmers markets in the Valley. Ben Clark, fourth generation farmer and owner/operator of Clarkdale Fruit Farms, explains that western Massachusetts is generally the...

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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...


Area Briefs: Meet the new Amherst school superintendent; Jurassic Deerfield workshops; Walking tours of William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington
07-10-2024 7:45 PM

School superintendentto attend Cuppa Joe eventAMHERST — Town Manager Paul Bockelman will be joined by new Schools Superintendent E. Xiomara Herman during a periodic Cuppa Joe with Paul event Friday.The event, in which people can chat about town- and...


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...


Turners Falls man charged after crashing into Deerfield house
07-03-2024 12:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces various charges, including his third OUI offense, after allegedly driving a vehicle into a River Road house last weekend.Jason E. Tyler, 50, pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District Court on Monday to charges of...


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...


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...


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...


PHOTO: Rest and relaxation
06-17-2024 1:10 PM


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...


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...


CISA’s first Pedal to Pasture event offers ‘a unique way to learn about farms’
05-30-2024 3:55 PM

By SAM FERLAND

HATFIELD — Bicyclists will be able to savor the local scenery while learning about the struggles farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are facing as they pedal a flat 12-mile loop on a guided tour of three different farms.This is the first year that...


‘It’s time to gallop’: Deerfield Academy speakers share advice with 201 graduates
05-29-2024 2:04 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

DEERFIELD — Speakers at Deerfield Academy’s commencement ceremony on Sunday shared jovial messages with the 201 graduates, including lessons that could be learned from a creative senior prank.Leila Govi, a Deerfield Academy alumna who graduated in...


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...


Amherst town official tapped for Montague’s assistant town admin job
05-25-2024 1:21 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard voted unanimously this week to select Greenfield resident Athena O’Keeffe as its next assistant town administrator, taking over for Walter Ramsey when he assumes sitting Town Administrator Steve Ellis’ position on July 1.The...


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...


Deerfield Planning Board OKs Hamshaw Lumber expansion
05-23-2024 4:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — An extensive addition to Hamshaw Lumber’s South Deerfield location can move forward following the Planning Board’s site plan review and stormwater permit approval last week.The New England hardware store is seeking to construct a new...

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