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Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing an Agricultural Economy, and the community college is teaming up with six area high schools, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High …

Jobs, economic development dominate debate between 2nd Franklin District candidates

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate Saturday evening between 2nd Franklin District state Rep. Denise Andrews, D- Orange, and her Republican challenger Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol. The debate, which was moderated by Kathy Ann Becker, a former town moderator in Wendell and broadcast on …

Plainfield, Ashfield, Buckland join to seek state grant reducing cost of installing solar panels for residents, businesses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the 10 to be awarded by the state next month, residents and businesses in these towns …

Deerfield River Watershed Association celebrates 25th anniversary

Friday, October 17, 2014

Before the federal government got rolling on relicensing seven hydroelectric dams along the Deerfield River a quarter century ago, a group of state, regional and local groups got their oars into the water, collaborating on a process that …

Challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik engage in ‘spirited debate’

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Sparks flew this week during a debate between Republican challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, in what has been an otherwise low-key race in the 1st Franklin District. The forum …

Tree brings down power line in Westhampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A tree brought down a power line on Main Road about 9 p.m. Thursday, interrupting electricity to 22 customers of the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. Crews were repairing the downed line late Thursday night and 13 customers were still without power at 11 p.m., according to …

Rising cost of electricity fuels debate over need for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will increase electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers have their bills jump by more than one-third beginning next month because of rising fuel costs to generate that power, but …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance Thursday night in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever …

Amherst citizen group sponsors talk by Barbara Love about racism

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Barbara Love, professor emeritus of social justice at the University of Massachusetts School of Education, will give a talk entitled “Love, Care and Racism” at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst on Monday. The event, sponsored by the citizen group Coming Together: Understanding Racism, Working for …

Pine Street in Amherst to close for drainage work Friday

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Pine Street will be closed between North Pleasant Street and Sand Hill Road for drainage work between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday. The road will only be open to Pine Street residents and their visitors, school buses and emergency vehicles. Detour signs and traffic officers …

William Bower of Easthampton sentenced to seven years after admitting he tried to kill woman who offered assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in state prison after he admitted he strangled and threatened to kill a woman who offered him assistance on a sidewalk in October 2012. William Bower, 34, …

Future of vacant Center School tops agenda at Hatfield special Town Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HATFIELD — The future of the town’s vacant Center School building headlines a special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. In addition, voters will be asked once again to approve making the town collector an appointed rather than …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley arraigned on charges including manslaughter in death of passenger

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday to four charges, including manslaughter, resulting from a June 14 accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, denied charges of manslaughter, manslaughter while …