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State rejects petitions for full intervenor status filed by state Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has rejected petitions seeking full intervenor status filed by Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project through Franklin County. The case involves the Berkshire Gas Co. contract to buy natural gas transported by the pipeline. Both intervening groups said they will appeal the hearing officers’ decision to the full DPU. The DPU, while granting “limited intervenor” status to …

Consultant says repairs to Hotel Bridge in Leeds could be reduced to about $500,000

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A consultant told about 60 people who attended a community meeting Monday night about the historic Hotel Bridge in Leeds that a new plan could cut the estimated cost of its restoration in half — from about $1.1 million to roughly $500,000. Julie Bowers, project manager for Workin’ Bridges of Grinnell, …

Jack Finn, founder of A2Z toy store, named Gazette ‘Person of the Year’

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Those who know A2Z Science & Learning center founder Jack Finn best say his genuine lifelong commitment to his community is what makes him a true stand-up citizen. “Jack is driven by a very community approach,” said André Boulay, who now owns A2Z with his wife, Devon. “It’s not about him …

Expelled student sues Amherst College, faulting investigation into 2012 rape case

Saturday, May 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A former Amherst College student expelled in 2013 after being found responsible for sexual assault is suing the college, arguing that a “deeply flawed” investigation failed to consider key evidence that proved his innocence. This is …

Valley Views: Blue Heron in Flight

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blue Heron in Flight Old Springfield Road, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Larry Cadorette, Florence Every spring, toward the beginning of April, the blue herons return to the hatchery of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Mount Toby Hike — New England Wildflower Society sponsors hike Saturday, Mount Toby, Sunderland. Jessica Nugent, jnugent@newenglandwildflower. ∎  Birds and Bird Songs — Trustees of Reservations sponsor bird hike Saturday, 6 to 10 a.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. Pre-registration required. $5. 532-1631 or westregion@ttor.org to register. …

Historic moment

Saturday, May 30, 2015

After dry start to spring, area farmers hoping for turnaround — while meteorologists predict persisting drought through summer

Friday, May 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — In a field at Pepin Farm on East Street Thursday, Ken Pepin knelt to grab a handful of clay-like dirt and squeezed it in his palm. He said he is lucky to have soil that holds …

Developers eye propane as natural gas ban hits

Friday, May 29, 2015

The owners of a new downtown Amherst restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine got an unexpected surprise in March when they discovered that they could not tap into the natural gas supply. Faced with uncertainty over how he would power the kitchen at Fratelli’s Ristorante now that Berkshire Gas …

Stoneleigh-Burnham School student speaker at graduation celebrates diversity of class

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight …

VA medical center nurse assistant charged with assaulting patient found guilty of unrelated domestic assault

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — A nurse assistant at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds who is accused of assaulting one of his patients in January was found guilty Friday in Greenfield District Court of an unrelated assault charge. Garret C. Crehan, 42, of Ashfield was found guilty of assault …

Haydenville Congregational Church to celebrate 10 years of leadership by the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian

Friday, May 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Members of the Haydenville Congregational Church will gather Sunday in Northampton to celebrate the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian’s 10 years of leadership. When Ayvazian assumed the ministry in 2005, the church had 15 members, she recalled recently. Two quit soon after. Today, the church counts 275 members. …

Alliance forms in Shutesbury questioning proposed six-megawatt solar array on 30 acres of forestland owned by W.D. Cowls

Friday, May 29, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A proposed six-megawatt solar array on 30 acres of wooded land off Pratt Corner Road has prompted several residents to form a group seeking more information about the project and whether the site is the right place for such a development. Alliance for Appropriate Development spokesman …