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Plainfield joins with Ashfield and Buckland to offer Solarize Massachusetts program

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland are forming a consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Massachusetts, and the Clean Energy Center has announced two new rounds of funding grants, according to Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter. Walter said the newly formed consortium will apply this fall for the first round … 0

Goshen mulls locations for elderly housing project

Friday, August 29, 2014

GOSHEN — After four years of research and planning, the Goshen Elder Housing Committee is getting closer to acquiring a property on which to build 10 to 12 units. According to Don Boisvert, chair of the committee, there are three potential sites on the table. The one it prefers is owned by the Congregational Church and located on Main Street across from the … 0

Dispute continues between Whately, state Department of Environmental Protection over water issue

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHATELY — After being labeled “obstructionists” by the Select Board earlier this month, the Massachusetts western regional office of the Department of Environmental Protection has sent a letter to the town in an attempt to set the record straight. The letter, signed by Brian Harrington, deputy director of the regional office, was written in response to a letter the Select Board sent to … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 29, 2014

TUFTED TITMOUSE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “Peter, Peter, Peter” would have been what I would have heard from this tufted titmouse, should it have decided to sing while perched … 0

Nature’s water purifiers: The “bugs” in wastewater treatment

Friday, August 29, 2014

Often in life we take the little things for granted. But microorganisms, which are among the world’s smallest creatures, are nature’s workhorses. Aquatic ecosystems rely on a diversity of organisms to consume organic matter and filter impurities from … 0

Theresa Brooks of Templeton killed in Pelham accident

Friday, August 29, 2014

PELHAM — A Templeton woman was killed Thursday night when the car in which she was a passenger went off Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) and over an embankment, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Theresa Brooks, 83, was one of two passengers in a car driven … 0

Dog injures two children during recess at Crocker Farm School in Amherst

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — Two children at Crocker Farm School suffered minor injuries when they were bitten by a loose dog on the playground during the first day of school Thursday. Detective Michael Forcum said police were called to the school at 1:26 p.m. after the children were in the … 0

Montreal-based online farm-to-fork marketplace eyes Pioneer Valley

Friday, August 29, 2014

Getting food from local farms onto more local menus is an idea that’s been on everyone’s plate for a while. Farms and restaurants need a matchmaker, and beyond that, someone who will play the time-consuming role of coordinator, … 0

Police chase through Northampton ends in Westhampton with arrest

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old Erving man faces multiple charges after he led police on a several-mile car chase Thursday night through parts of three communities. Police were able to stop the stolen vehicle the man was driving near … 0

Conway residents question safety, contents of proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CONWAY — The safety of the community and questions about the contents of natural gas that will flow through a proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline dominated a special Select Board meeting in Conway Thursday night. In a question-and-answer session that followed a brief presentation by parent company Kinder … 0

One person dies in two-car accident on Route 202 in Pelham

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PELHAM — One person was killed in a two-car accident on Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. One of the vehicles left the road and went down into an embankment, and the person in that car was killed, Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann … 0

State grant sought to pay for downtown utility improvements in Amherst

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — Town officials are seeking $1.5 million in state money to pay for burying the above-ground wires along East Pleasant, Triangle and Pray streets. Town Manager John Musante said Wednesday that Amherst will request the money from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which assists communities with projects that … 0

Helicopter flies low over Echo Hill area in Amherst to shoot bank commercial

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A helicopter traveling low over the Echo Hill area of Amherst Thursday afternoon had people on board filming a commercial for a local bank, said Police Chief Scott Livingstone. The chopper, Livingstone said, was flying above parts of Amherst to shoot footage for a PeoplesBank commercial. … 0