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Spotlight on women in classical music: Brick Church Music Series’s season comes to a close, April 28-29, with Champlain Trio
04-13-2024 12:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Join the First Church of Deerfield for two days of classical music, as the Brick Church Music Series’ 2023-2024 season comes to a close on April 28 and 29.The two-part event begins on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the First Church of Deerfield, 71...

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Two local school advocates tapped to lead state’s new Small and Rural Schools Committee
04-16-2024 5:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As rural schools and their challenges continue to become a more prominent topic at the state level, two local champions of Franklin County’s schools have been tapped to serve as co-chairs of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ (MASC)...


Wheeling for Healing returns to South Deerfield to raise money for cancer treatment
04-16-2024 11:03 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...


‘Landmark’ contract brings significant pay bumps for Pioneer teachers
04-12-2024 2:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee and the teachers’ union have come to what the district describes as a “landmark” contract through fiscal year 2027.Beginning in fiscal year 2025, all teachers will see, at a...


United Arc event highlights need for continued advocacy for staffing, housing and funding
04-12-2024 12:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

TURNERS FALLS — While staffing, housing and funding were all discussed at The United Arc’s annual Coffee and Conversation on Friday morning, continued advocacy for these issues was the thread tying them all together.In the first-ever co-hosted Coffee...


After 10 years at Hillcrest Elementary, Burstein accepts job as Bernardston principal
04-11-2024 2:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

TURNERS FALLS — After a decade serving as Hillcrest Elementary School’s principal and early childhood coordinator, Sarah Burstein is making her way north to serve as Bernardston Elementary School’s new principal for the upcoming school year.A veteran...


Primo Restaurant & Pizzeria in South Deerfield under new ownership
04-11-2024 12:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After more than a decade in the previous owner’s hands, the Rodas family is taking the reins at Primo Restaurant & Pizzeria with plans to continue the eatery’s legacy.The new owners officially took over the pizza, sub and pasta shop...


Frontier’s response to report of sexual misconduct on campus draws parents’ ire
04-10-2024 5:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Several parents and community members criticized the Frontier Regional School District Tuesday night for its lack of communication over alleged sexual misconduct on campus during school hours in March.Speaking during public comment...


State grant expands environmental, life science learning at Pioneer
04-10-2024 10:32 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School students will soon have new opportunities to explore environmental and life sciences thanks to funding from a state Innovation Career Pathways grant.Beginning in September, the school will begin offering...


Greenfield flag raising shines light on ‘pervasive issue’ of child abuse
04-05-2024 2:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — While it’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child, the message shared at Friday’s flag-raising event in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month went one step further.“Well, it takes a whole community to uplift and to...


AI first topic for 2024 Charlemont Forum series
04-05-2024 1:19 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — In its first session of 2024, the Charlemont Forum is bringing artificial intelligence to the table, as the discussion series looks at media as its overarching topic this year.The Charlemont Forum’s 2024 season opens on Thursday, April...


Where to view (and prep for) Monday’s solar eclipse in the Pioneer Valley
04-04-2024 5:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Editor’s note: The following is a collection of Pioneer Valley events where the public can observe and celebrate the April 8 solar eclipse. Know of an event that isn’t listed? Feel free to send details to news@recorder.com.Monday’s solar eclipse will...


‘One of the great gifts of nature’: Expert shares science, viewing methods behind April 8 solar eclipse
04-04-2024 4:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

During the afternoon of Monday, April 8, people around the Pioneer Valley and throughout the U.S. will be treated to one of the solar system’s most extraordinary events.At approximately 3:28 p.m., the moon will overtake the sun and our celestial...


‘Hiccup’ over excavation stalls bid acceptance for Conway public safety building addition
04-04-2024 1:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — While the acceptance of any bids for the public safety building addition is temporarily delayed as the town works out some “minor hiccups,” officials are hopeful to reach a resolution before a late April deadline.The town has received several...


U.S. Rep. McGovern talks national issues, local effects at South County Senior Center
04-04-2024 12:31 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
04-03-2024 12:06 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 this week.The Planning Board gave AT&T...


$10.99M bid awarded to D.A. Sullivan & Sons for Tilton Library project
04-02-2024 1:41 PM

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-based...


Residents air concerns on clean energy, particularly solar siting, at Sunderland forum
04-01-2024 3:34 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...


Residents seek to balance intersection upgrades with preservation of Sunderland character
04-01-2024 12:57 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...


Housing bylaw coming to Whately Town Meeting
03-30-2024 11:16 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...


Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity
03-29-2024 4:23 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...

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