South County Notebook: July 5, 2021 – The Recorder

Published: 7/4/2021 6:00:26 PM

Town Offices fully reopened

DEERFIELD — The Selectboard voted during a meeting last week to open the Town Offices again, Monday through Friday.

On Fridays, the town clerk, administrator and accountant will be available by appointment only. Walk-in hours are available the rest of the week, but residents are urged to make appointments to mitigate foot traffic in the building while also letting town employees focus on returning to work.

Two members appointed to Tri-Town Beach Commission

DEERFIELD — Mary Jacobs and Patty Pirog were appointed as Deerfield’s representatives to the Tri-Town Beach Commission. They will join Whately representatives Jonathan Edwards and Andrew Mihalak in planning renovations to the Tri-Town Beach.

The beach is currently closed for the 2021 season.

Ad Hoc Senior Housing Committee presents housing vision

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Ad Hoc Senior Housing Committee presented its ideas and goals in creating housing for seniors during a Selectboard meeting last week.

Committee Chair Lili Dwight showed a spreadsheet highlighting that Deerfield has more than 250 acres of unused land where it could create senior housing or participate in carbon offsetting programs for funding.

Dwight said attracting older adults and retaining current residents is the goal of the committee because of the financial boon it can bring.

“We want to re-home as many adults as we can,” Dwight said. “Older adults bring economic benefits.”

The plan is to create multi-generational senior communities that are within walking distance of all town amenities such as pharmacies, markets and faith communities.

Clean Water loan awarded to Leverett

LEVERETT — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection awarded a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan to Leverett for the purpose of connecting neighborhoods to the Amherst town water supply.

The neighborhoods of East Leverett Road in Amherst, and Cushman and Teawaddle Hill Roads in Leverett, are downgradient from the Leverett Landfill, which was closed in 1993 and capped three years later. According to a press release from Town Administrator Marjorie McGinnis, the town, MassDEP and residents all agreed the current solution to avoid landfill contaminants by using filtration and bottled water was not a sustainable solution.

The construction bid was awarded to Baltazar Contractors and construction will begin soon. The project may be finished by the fall.

Historic Deerfield hosting Family Fun Day

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is hosting a history workshop for all ages on Saturday, July 10, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Children will be able to meet farm animals, create a craft project they are able to take home and go on a family-friendly scavenger hunt. John Porcino, a local performer, will be telling stories and singing songs at 1 and 3 p.m.

General Historic Deerfield tickets are accepted and can be purchased at

Monday Night Music at Tilton Library

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Tilton Library is continuing its free Monday Night Music program on July 12, at 6:30 p.m.

The band Machine Shop will perform for two hours on the lawn behind the library. Ice cream will be handed out, but spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs or a blanket.

The rain date is July 19.

Two local students make Quinnipiac Dean’s List

Sunderland resident Douglas Hanieski and Whately resident Rebecca Felton were named to the Dean’s List at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., for the spring semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than a C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.