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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...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
03-29-2024 4:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants Thursday night collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final...


$125K grant to Franklin County CDC funding biz assistance partnership
03-29-2024 2:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant, the Franklin County Community Development Corporation is partnering with Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services over the next two years to introduce technical assistance and mini grants to early-stage businesses...


Latest plan for Whately Center School opts to retain town ownership
03-27-2024 2:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the rejection of two reuse proposals that involved selling the building, the future of the Whately Center School is now back in the hands of the town, as the Selectboard opted on Tuesday to let the school’s Visioning Committee flesh out...


As expansion project begins, Tilton Library move set for April 15
03-26-2024 4:12 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Tilton Library has an official date for its move next door to the South Deerfield Congregational Church’s function hall, as its long-awaited expansion project is nearly set to begin.The library will officially move on April 15, but...


Deerfield Elementary occupational therapist honored for ‘unwavering dedication’
03-26-2024 12:21 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For her work supporting Deerfield Elementary School’s students and teaching staff, occupational therapist Sue Boraski has been named the winner of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award in the Union 38 School...


Pioneer School Committee pauses talks on SRO until at least next budget cycle
03-25-2024 10:26 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Any discussions about the school resource officer position will have to wait at least until the next budget cycle, as the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee opted, by consensus, to not revisit the topic at this...


Karuna Center adds peacebuilding experts to team
03-24-2024 10:01 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With two new members on its board of directors, the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding is looking to continue its international work, while also expanding on its mission right here in the Pioneer Valley.In recent weeks, the international and domestic...


South Deerfield residents share thoughts on senior housing options
03-22-2024 2:49 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — More than 40 residents gathered on Thursday evening to share their thoughts on three initial designs for a potential senior housing project that would serve as a key piece of the town campus.At an open house, town officials and...


Bernardston PD launches body camera program
03-22-2024 1:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BERNARDSTON — With the help of a federal grant program, the Bernardston Police Department launched its long-awaited body camera program at the beginning of the month.Police Chief James Palmeri said the program has been a long time coming, but the...


Conway Planning Board OKs fee reduction for potential solar array on Roaring Brook Road
03-21-2024 4:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — As BlueWave Solar prepares to potentially expand its list of Franklin County projects by filing site plan review and special permit applications for an agrivoltaic solar array on Roaring Brook Road, the Planning Board approved a request to...

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