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Building conversion, battery storage bylaws up for vote at Sunderland Town Meeting
04-23-2024 4:20 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Bylaw proposals concerning battery storage facilities and converting existing buildings into multi-family dwellings will come before voters at Friday night’s Annual Town Meeting.Residents will decide on the 18-article warrant at...


Dual fundraisers in Bernardston to support The United Arc, Sgt. Jacob Garmalo Fund
04-22-2024 12:48 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BERNARDSTON — As the Bernardston Kiwanis Club wraps up its annual series of chicken pot pie fundraisers, folks will have a chance to support two great causes in one evening, as the United Church of Church of Bernardston is also hosting a benefit...


Regional farming alliance strengthens educational, networking opportunities for apprentices
04-21-2024 10:19 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In 1994, a new movement began to grow out of the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires and Hudson Valley, as a group of organic farmers banded together to form a cooperative educational program for farm apprentices. That year marked the birth of the...


‘Glamping’ resort developers look to curb traffic, sewer concerns in Charlemont
04-19-2024 3:03 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — Deliberations on the conditions and potential approval of a proposed mountainside resort will come at the Planning Board’s next meeting, as the applicant laid out potential solutions to residents’ concerns about traffic on Thursday.Jeff...


As emergency action plan is crafted, Tree House to maintain 1,500 capacity for summer
04-19-2024 1:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While Tree House Brewing Co. received conditional approval to triple its occupancy, the company is sticking with its current 1,500-person capacity limit for the upcoming season as the brewery continues working with public safety...


Deerfield voters to decide 8 capital projects at Town Meeting
04-19-2024 11:18 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — As residents prepare for Annual Town Meeting on April 29, the Selectboard and the Capital Improvements and Finance committees have laid out their approved capital projects for the upcoming year.Voters will be asked to consider directly...


Painting a more complete picture: ‘Unnamed Figures’ highlights Black presence and absence in early American history
04-19-2024 10:53 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In partnership with the American Folk Art Museum, Historic Deerfield is presenting an exhibition on the unexplored histories of Black people in early America.“Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North” explores Black...


Deerfield residents petitioning to fix ‘dangerous’ intersection
04-17-2024 3:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With 12 crashes between 2021 and 2023 and likely an even greater number of close calls at the intersection of Routes 5 and 10, North Main Street and Mill Village Road, two residents have launched a petition asking the state Department of...


AT&T’s proposed cell tower extension moving forward in South Deerfield
04-17-2024 11:27 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — AT&T’s plans to extend the cell tower behind the South Deerfield Fire District can proceed following recent approval from the Deerfield Zoning Board of Appeals.The project previously received approval from the Planning Board to raise...


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...


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...


‘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...

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