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Valley Bounty: Peaches make their sweet return: Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield celebrates a bountiful season
07-19-2024 10:17 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
07-15-2024 1:48 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...


Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst
07-13-2024 9:13 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...


Frontier Regional School Honor Roll, Fourth Quarter
07-12-2024 6:07 PM

Seventh Grade Maximum Honors: Jimin Ahn, Mara Allium, Eli Bauer-Clapp, Lillian Berthiaume, Micky Brownlow, Cassidy Casey, Brooke Charest, Wes Chilton, Bailey Cusson, Chloe Cusson, Esther Ehle, Wesley Evans, Trinity Fellows, Benjamin Gates, Aaliya...


As wastewater treatment plant nears finish line, damaged pipe crimps celebration
07-12-2024 4:22 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 yearslong project approaches the...


Danielle Miller: The Bible matters
07-10-2024 6:02 PM

Writer Kathe Geist doubts that legislators in Oklahoma “have read much, if any, of the Bible” [“A lot to learn from Bible,” Recorder, July 4]. After reading the column, I doubt the writer has read much, if any, of the Bible. It’s not a book about...


Yankee Candle consolidation prompts loss of 100 jobs
07-10-2024 4:50 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...


Kate Lawless: Feminists — Fight for justice for all
07-09-2024 2:55 PM

Regarding the recent column by Patricia Hynes [“War on women going strong,” Recorder, June 30], I agree with it all — almost.It’s true: Misogyny is going strong everywhere in myriad ways. However, please leave the trans folks out of this. No trans...


Franklin County vets: Little spike in pets consuming pot since legalization
07-07-2024 11:01 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Area veterinarians say there has been no drastic increase in the number of pets brought in with cannabis in their systems since it was legalized in Massachusetts, though more of the animals’ owners are willing to admit their dog or cat got into their...


Meet the dinosaurs of western Mass: The Rock Fossil and Dinosaur Shop makes the prehistoric accessible for kids and adults
07-05-2024 11:02 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

Driving down the road on Route 5 in South Deerfield, commuters are met with a prehistoric surprise: a giant volcano with a huge dinosaur statue smack in front of a bright-green shack. Most find themselves asking, “What in the world is this...


Tom Peabody: Sick of being insulted for supporting Trump
07-04-2024 9:59 AM

So ever since President Donald Trump arrived on the political scene, those of us who support him have been constantly insulted and been called all kinds of names. Evidently we are cultists, fascists, uneducated, neanderthals and, of course,...


My Turn:
07-03-2024 2:54 PM

By REENIE GRYBKO CLANCY

Much media attention has been given to climate change, how dirty fossil fuel is adversely affecting it, and green energy (wind, solar and hydro renewables) is slowing it down. This is positive and good “real news.” But conspicuously missing are...


Turners Falls man charged after crashing into Deerfield house
07-02-2024 5:25 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...


Montague Selectboard picks new DPW superintendent
07-02-2024 12:10 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

MONTAGUE — Pending contract negotiations, Greenfield’s deputy director of public works will be moving into the top post in Montague.On Monday, the Selectboard voted unanimously to offer the Department of Public Works superintendent position to South...


PHOTO: Bovine lunch line
07-01-2024 5:09 PM


Beach-themed day greets seniors at annual South County Senior Center picnic
06-27-2024 12:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the sun shining, summer tunes playing and floral shirts galore, Herlihy Park met the beach day theme the South County Senior Center selected for its annual picnic on Wednesday.The annual picnic serves as one of the Senior Center’s...


Deerfield DPW superintendent retiring after ‘a pretty cool ride’
06-26-2024 1:26 PM

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 on Thursday.The longtime highway boss, who joined the department in 2010 before...


My Turn: Security and dignity through equality
06-25-2024 7:32 PM

By LAURIE BOOSHADA

Wars anywhere are a tragic loss of life and a colossal waste of resources. As the granddaughter of Nazira, Abdelmaseh, Khalil, and Mathiele, all born in Lebanon, I am especially pained by the current conflict in Palestine. I’ve never visited the...


My Turn: Don’t know much, but a vote for the young people
06-23-2024 11:03 AM

By BEN BENSEN

 Sgt. Schultz of “Hogan’s Heroes” used to look at his prisoners, cringe, and then announce: “I know nothing! Nothing!” I’m feeling this way myself. Big things and little; stuff that makes me wonder. I think I live in a good, generous, thinking town,...


South County Notebook: June 22, 2024
06-21-2024 2:40 PM

Library hosting Davis Bates for ‘Sea Songs & Stories’ CONWAY — Get ready to hit the high seas next weekend, as the Field Memorial Library welcomes local singer and storyteller Davis Bates for “Sea Songs & Stories: From Shore to Deep Water” on...


Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast highlights progress on rural aid
06-21-2024 1:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With a director of rural affairs, rural school aid increases and disaster relief funding for farmers, local senators and representatives say it’s become clear the Legislature and Healey administration are directing more attention to...

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