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No surprises in uncontested Sunderland races
05-06-2024 12:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With no contested races, there were no surprises in Sunderland’s annual town election on Saturday, as everyone on the ballot was elected to their positions.Of the 2,493 registered voters, 301, or roughly 12.1% of voters, cast their...


Conway rejects public safety building bids due to high costs, will likely try again
05-04-2024 1:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — With bids coming in too high and a potential change in the scope of work, the Selectboard has voted to reject all of the bids for the public safety building addition project, but will likely try again to move the project forward. The board...


New Whately town admin starts June 17
05-04-2024 12:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With contract negotiations complete, the community’s newest town administrator will be returning to the Pioneer Valley in June.Swampscott Assistant Town Administrator and Easthampton native Peter Kane will take the reins in Whately on June...


Bringing forth ‘the world as it ought to be’: Community Action celebrating 60 years
05-03-2024 7:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Community Action Pioneer Valley welcomed volunteers, legislators and community partners for its annual meeting — and celebrated an important milestone, too.The regional supportive...


Deerfield candidates, Whately incumbent discuss issues with voters at South County Senior Center
05-03-2024 3:28 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Ahead of Monday’s Deerfield election and Whately’s June election, voters got a chance to speak with the Selectboard candidates about a swath of issues at the South County Senior Center on Friday.Seniors got a chance to talk taxes,...


Gill Town Meeting to be held in two parts starting Monday
05-03-2024 12:30 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GILL — Annual Town Meeting will be conducted in two parts this year, with May 6 serving as the first leg, as voters consider converting the treasurer and tax collector roles to appointed positions and the discontinuance of Mount Hermon Road.Voters...


Write-in campaigns launched for Deerfield School Committee seat
05-03-2024 12:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Alongside the contested Selectboard race in Monday’s town election, two candidates are also mounting write-in campaigns for a two-year term on the Deerfield School Committee.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To elect a...


Selectboard race between Gilmore, Shores Ness tops Deerfield ballot
05-02-2024 2:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Topping Monday’s election ballot is a race for Selectboard between longtime incumbent Carolyn Shores Ness and political newcomer but longtime Deerfield resident Blake Gilmore, as the two candidates seek to address residents’ concerns about...


Doors open at Tilton Library’s temporary home at South Deerfield Congregational Church
05-01-2024 5:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It was business as usual at Tilton Library on Wednesday morning — just in a slightly different location.The library reopened Wednesday in its temporary space at the South Deerfield Congregational Church, 71 North Main St., just a few...


Student voting petition rejected in Deerfield
04-30-2024 12:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — While voters approved the first 20 articles on Monday’s Annual Town Meeting warrant, residents did not follow in the footsteps of neighboring Sunderland, as they rejected a citizen’s petition seeking to ask the Legislature to lower the...


Antique pickup trucks to vintage tractor trailers on tap for 19th annual show in South Deerfield
04-30-2024 11:12 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Vintage trucks of all models will be on hand on Sunday, May 5, as the Antique Truck Club of America’s western Massachusetts chapter kicks off the club’s truck show season with its 19th annual event.As it has been for years, the truck...


No contested races in Sunderland election
04-29-2024 2:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — There are no contested races on the ballot for the annual town election on Saturday, May 4.Polls will be open at the Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. While there are no contested races, the town was able to...


Whately extends conditional job offer to Swampscott assistant admin
04-29-2024 11:54 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — After interviewing both town administrator finalists last week, the Selectboard voted to conditionally offer the role to Swampscott’s current assistant town administrator, pending a background check and successful contract negotiations.Peter...


Sunderland voters OK battery storage bylaw, agree to ask Legislature to lower municipal voting age
04-28-2024 4:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Nearly 90 voters overwhelmingly approved 18 articles on Friday’s Town Meeting warrant, including battery storage and structure conversion bylaws, as well as a citizen’s petition seeking to ask the Legislature to lower the municipal voting...


Conway seeks approval of Festival of the Hills fund at Town Meeting
04-27-2024 4:51 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — After working with town counsel and the Department of Revenue, a revised proposal to bring the Festival of the Hills’ organizing committee into the town’s roster will head to the June 1 Annual Town Meeting.The Selectboard and festival...


Personnel bylaw, tax bill change on Deerfield Town Meeting warrant
04-26-2024 3:24 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — A new personnel bylaw, a shift to quarterly tax bills and the rescinding of $5 million in borrowing authority for road repairs are on the table Monday evening for Deerfield’s Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Frontier...


Proof that it’s never too late: Solo exhibit and free workshops honor the late Frederick Gao, a Belchertown resident who became a painter in his last five years
04-26-2024 12:18 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

For the months of May and June, the Sunderland Public Library’s Lane Family Reading Room Gallery will turn into a fount of inspiration, as the library honors the work of a late-blooming artist.Through “Awing & Honoring Frederick Gao,” the library will...


Frontier Regional School students appeal to lower voting age
04-25-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

When Sunderland residents head to their Annual Town Meeting on Friday, they’ll vote on the town’s budget, some bylaw changes and a citizen’s petition with a unique twist, as the residents who brought the article forward can’t actually vote on...


Sunderland Public Library hosting 20th birthday party for its building
04-25-2024 10:11 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Almost exactly two decades from the date of its ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Sunderland Public Library is hosting a 20th birthday party for its building.The free party will be held at the library, 20 School St., on Saturday, April 27,...


Is Steam Mill Road in Deerfield a public way? Land Court to decide as trial begins
04-24-2024 5:46 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — The long-running saga of seeking to determine the status of Steam Mill Road in Deerfield has reached the courtroom, as the 2021 lawsuit began its bench trial at the Franklin County Justice Center on Wednesday, with opening statements and...

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