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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

HORNED LARK, AT REST Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley When standing still, with its coloring blending in with the cornstalks in this Honey Pot cornfield off Cemetery Road in Hadley, this horned lark was well-camouflaged. I was happy that this one decided to play statue for a couple of seconds, as most of these little guys were scurrying here and there in search of corn, making them difficult to photograph. I used a telephoto lens on my hand-held digital SLR camera to capture this image last February. Anne E. Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo … 0

Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? — Christine B., Boston April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

■∎ Hadley Bird Walk — Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range sponsor walk with John Green on April 19 from 7 to 10 a.m., Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park’s main gate off of Route 47 in Hadley. Free. For more information call 253-6443. ■∎ Floodplain Forest Canoe Trip and Great … 0

Entergy proposes eliminating emergency planning zone after Vermont Yankee shuts down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in … 0

Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. … 0

Recalling earlier controversy over proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The echoes of proposed pipeline activity through Franklin County 37 years ago are almost haunting in similarity to today’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline controversy. The Tennessee Atlantic Pipeline Co. proposal for a 500-mile natural gas pipeline through more than half a dozen county towns between New Brunswick and Pennsylvania, … 0

Heading Outdoors

Monday, April 14, 2014

■∎ Vernal Pool Exploration — Program with Charley Eiseman on April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Fee: $15. Preregistration required; call 256-6006. ■∎ Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Day — Takes place April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 … 0

Cost of fighting warming still within reach — UN panel

Sunday, April 13, 2014

BERLIN — The cost of keeping global warming in check is “relatively modest,” but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.’s expert panel on … 0

What would nature do?

Friday, April 11, 2014

In an age when sustainable solutions to human problems have never been so important, wouldn’t it be nice to have a mentor to turn to for help and inspiration? Someone, or something, that has almost 4 billion years … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMERICAN KESTREL Honey Pot area, Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Driving slowly through the Honey Pot area of Hadley, off Cemetery Road, I saw a bird land on a post … 0

Welcome to the neighborhood

Friday, April 11, 2014

A black bear and a Siamese cat named Wesley found themselves nearly face-to-face in Northampton’s Laurel Park in this photo, taken April 3 and emailed to the Gazette by Elizabeth Nett. … 0

Love is where you find it

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alicia DiPietro of Easthampton was walking her dog on March 29 along the section of the Norwottuck Rail Trail that runs parallel to Lovefield Street when she noticed this heart-shaped puddle created by the melting snow. PHOTO COURTESY … 0

Chesterfield residents invited to session Saturday about Solarize Mass

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — A solar information session Saturday morning will help residents seeking to cut their energy bills while investing in sustainable and renewable energy. As part of the Solarize Chesterfield initiative, representatives from Real Good Solar will be on hand to explain how the program works. The session … 0