UMass tries to calm concerns over Deerfield chemical sprayings
Apr08

UMass tries to calm concerns over Deerfield chemical sprayings

DEERFIELD – Representatives from the University of Massachusetts Amherst attended the latest Deerfield Selectboard meeting to explain how staff at the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center plan to quell residents’ concerns about the spraying of chemicals.But the gratitude expressed by Selectboard members was not shared by all abutters of the research center.Hannah Yaffe, who lives at 5 Beaver Drive, said she has had skin issues since she...

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Mass. lawmakers weigh statewide ban on plastic shopping bags
Apr01

Mass. lawmakers weigh statewide ban on plastic shopping bags

BOSTON — A legislative panel is considering a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in Massachusetts.Under the legislation scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday by the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee, retail establishments would be barred from providing customers with the single-use bags after Aug. 1.Stores would be allowed to charge customers 10 cents for recycled paper bags or 10 cents or...

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Feds outline plan for Hadley’s barn swallows
Mar25

Feds outline plan for Hadley’s barn swallows

HADLEY — A former horse stable at the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge that has become a prominent nesting site for barn swallows will be reduced in size over the next two nesting seasons before being demolished in late 2020.An environmental assessment released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states that the prospective action at the former BriMar Stables on Moody Bridge Road, known as...

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Waste not, want notDeerfield plans to start transfer station composting
Mar25

Waste not, want notDeerfield plans to start transfer station composting

DEERFIELD – The town’s Selectboard has given its blessing to taking up municipal composting.Kevin Scarborough, the superintendent of public works, explained to the board Wednesday that the plan is for food waste that would normally go in the trash to be brought to the Deerfield Transfer Station on Lee Road. It would be placed in an enclosed container that will be emptied weekly, with the contents brought to Martin’s Farm in Greenfield...

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Weekend weather: Wind, rain in the forecast
Mar22

Weekend weather: Wind, rain in the forecast

NORTHAMPTON — The start of the weekend could be wet and windy.The National Weather Service is predicting hazardous weather Friday and into the weekend.On Friday, there will likely be fog and up to a half inch of rain which may continue into the evening. Winds may reach 20 miles per hour, and there may be brief but heavy snow in the later evening with minor accumulations possible. Expect temperatures to be between 30 and 44...

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Events Spring 2019

Fix-it Fair set for April 27 in NorthfieldNORTHFIELD — Bring items that need repair and your Northfield neighbors will do their best to fix them for free, Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Northfield Elementary School, 104 Main St. Winter birds talk and quilt displayGREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield will present “Winter birds,” a talk and quilt display, Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Jon Zon Community...

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