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Soaring toward success: 3,000 feet in the air, Valley teens learn leadership, responsibility in Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program
08-09-2023 4:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

High above the Pioneer Valley and the rolling hills of the Berkshires on a hazy evening, rising Northampton High School senior James Bertone-Johnson made an announcement to the other two passengers.“I have controls.”At that moment, nearly 3,000 feet...

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LifePath gets $125K grant to facilitate benefits enrollment
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, LifePath is looking to help folks in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as the North Quabbin region, get past the complex forms and eligibility requirements for numerous...


New campaign to push toward Tilton Library’s $2M goal for expansion project
02-15-2024 8:20 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With Tilton Library approaching the early-spring start date for its expansion project, the library is launching a new capital campaign to continue climbing toward its goal of $2 million.The “I Heart Tilton” campaign launched on Feb....


Massachusetts sees record-setting temperatures, precipitation in 2023
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

A trend of warm years was further cemented in 2023 as Massachusetts experienced, on average, its warmest year on record, according to new data from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.The average temperature around Massachusetts for the year...


Yankee Candle’s South Deerfield distribution facility to close by end of 2024
01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, the parent company of Yankee Candle, is planning to close its distribution facility in South Deerfield by the end of 2024.In a statement, a spokesperson for Newell Brands said the company is focusing on consolidating...


New planning, economic development coordinator looks to help Deerfield grow
01-17-2024 7:06 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the December arrival of Christopher Dunne, the town now has the planning and economic development coordinator it has been seeking for years.Dunne, 34, has spent the first month of his job getting to know the town, his counterparts,...


Yankee Candle’s South Deerfield distribution facility to close by end of 2024
01-11-2024 11:45 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, the parent company of Yankee Candle, is planning to close its distribution facility in South Deerfield by the end of 2024.In a statement, a spokesperson for Newell Brands said the company is focusing on consolidating...


Deerfield promotes Northampton resident Kathlene Sanderell to town clerk
12-15-2023 11:28 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — After putting out a search for a town clerk earlier this year, it turns out the Select Board’s preferred candidate was in Town Hall all along.After nearly a year of service, the board appointed Assistant Town Clerk Kathlene “Cassie”...


Tree House shareholder files suit alleging ‘excessive salaries’ and ‘concealed investments’
11-29-2023 8:46 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — A civil lawsuit filed in Hampden County Superior Court by a minority shareholder of Tree House Brewing Co. alleges the company’s two majority shareholders paid themselves “excessive” salaries, secretly invested in real estate and caused...


Sunderland partners with engineering firm to reimagine village center
11-22-2023 6:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The town has partnered with the Stantec engineering firm to come up with a vision for the village center and what possibilities the community could explore to encourage development.“The reason the committee was formed was so we can be...


CISA seeks $500K to bolster farm fund
11-22-2023 6:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With farmers facing two straight challenging summers, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture is launching a fundraising campaign that will expand access to local produce and prepare farmers for a changing climate.After a soft...


Sixteen candidates emerge for planning, economic development post in Deerfield
09-06-2023 7:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With at least 16 applicants throwing their hats in the ring to be the new planning and economic development coordinator, the town has organized an informal screening committee to vet candidates before a final decision is made.The Select...


Corn and computation: Mike’s Maze for 2023 poses the question of ‘What makes us human?’
09-06-2023 7:50 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — A question is posed in the corn at Warner Farm: In the age of artificial intelligence, what makes us human?Thinking.The one-word answer carved in the 8-acre cornfield serves as the centerpiece of Mike’s Maze 2023 theme, as people are...


Deerfield officials brace for millions in road repairs
08-16-2023 8:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — As the calendar flips to August and the town assesses the impact from July’s rainstorms, officials updated residents late last week on damage to the roads.At a special Select Board meeting on Aug. 3, Highway Superintendent Kevin...


Solar biz celebrates 2,000th installation, energy independence for Sunderland housing complex
08-16-2023 7:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With the flip of a switch, Sanderson Place’s solar array kicked on Aug. 9 and set the senior housing facility on the road to energy independence.At the same time, the event marked Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics’ (PV Squared Solar) 2,000th...


Deerfield Academy settles child sexual abuse claim involving longtime athletics employee
07-27-2023 7:54 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Standing outside Deerfield Academy, the director of a nonprofit assisting sexual abuse survivors and a lawyer present on a Zoom call announced the settlement of a credible sexual abuse claim regarding an Athletics Department member at the...


‘This is all our history’: New exhibit explores the military experience of region’s underrepresented 
07-27-2023 7:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With a newly redesigned Military Gallery, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is taking a new look at the history of the region’s armed forces.Featuring both in-person and online sections, the new, permanent “Facing the Fight” exhibit at...


Farmers tell Healey of potential impacts of disease, produce quality after continued flooding
07-19-2023 2:03 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — After more rain pounded the region on Sunday, Gov. Maura Healey and other state officials visited Deerfield on Monday afternoon to hear firsthand accounts of the damage from the continuing rains to farms in the region — including...


PVTA seeks grant to pilot Amherst-Greenfield route
07-13-2023 11:35 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As the South County Senior Center continues to work with neighboring transit authorities, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority representatives shared news last week that there may be a potential solution to some of Sunderland’s transportation...


Report sought as dog hearing continues in South Deerfield
07-06-2023 12:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After conferring with the owner and her attorney, the Selectboard opted to continue a dog hearing for the second time to get additional information from a behavioral consultant before setting conditions.While the board continued the...


Brothers eye new life for vacant gas station in South Deerfield
06-28-2023 8:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Two brothers are seeking to knock the dust off the vacant Cumberland Farms across from the South Deerfield Common, provided they can secure a state grant to kick-start the purchase and redevelopment of the site.James and Jason...

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