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Ben Clark and his father Tom Clark talks with supporters as they rally against the proposed Tennesee Gas Pipeline Company that would bisect their farm in the background. Recorder/Paul Franz

Deerfield fruit farm owner Tom Clark decries Tennessee Gas pipeline project

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farm, usually associated with acres of apples, peaches and cherries, became a focus Friday of growing opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, as dozens of anti-pipeline protesters gathered at one stop of a statewide “rolling walk” along the pipeline route. Farmer Tom Clark led about 25 people uphill into the orchards, where peaches are about … 0

Earth Talk: Is there a link between obesity and chemicals in everyday products?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that, above and beyond our bad eating and lifestyle habits, some chemicals in everyday products are contributing to the obesity problem. Can you explain? — Alyssa Israel, Fairfield, Conn. Obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black vulture was seen in Belchertown. Black-billed cuckoos were heard calling in Pittsfield and Southwick. Two soras and an osprey were … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 11, 2014

PILEATED WOODPECKER Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bette Robo of Worcester My first walk through Arcadia was in May, during a photo workshop field trip. The instructor led us to one of his … 0

Nice day for a walk

Friday, July 11, 2014

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Researchers try to save hellbender, largest US salamander

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CORYDON, Ind. — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America’s largest salamander wouldn’t top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender’s alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering … 0

Yarnell Hill fire: A year of agonized, unanswered questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

YARNELL, Ariz. — Wildland fire chief Darrell Willis tore along the highway and turned on his truck’s headlights to cut the smoke. Ash and embers rained down around him. Over the past two days, in June 2013, a … 0

Undersea mission in Florida Keys concludes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MIAMI — Outside the view port of the underwater habitat Aquarius, during the Fabien Cousteau-led Mission 31, a Goliath Grouper nicknamed Sylvia attacked a barracuda while a reef shark and aquanauts watched in delight. “Oh, did you see that?” one of the aquanauts said with the excitement of … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who … 0

Shark bite exposes uneasy coexistence between fishermen, beachgoers

Monday, July 7, 2014

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.— The weekend biting of a long-distance swimmer by a great white shark exposed an uneasy coexistence between fishermen and beachgoers at Manhattan Beach Pier. The swimmer, Steve Robles, a 50-year-old real estate professional, is expected to recover from the bite he suffered Saturday. The shark … 0

Senate majority may hinge on grouse known for mating dance

Monday, July 7, 2014

DENVER — An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, July 4, 2014

Items for Heading Outdoors may be emailed to calendar@gazettenet.com, faxed to 585-5299, or mailed to the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St., Northampton, Ma. 01060. ∎∎ Accessible Kayaking — Stavros Outdoor Access holds adaptive kayaking program for people with disabilities, their families and friends on July 7, 14 … 0

Slim pickings

Friday, July 4, 2014

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