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KEVIN GUTTING
Mark Strszko of Northampton trims a year's worth of new growth from the top of a euonymus alatus, or burning bush, on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton for a client on Wednesday.

A little off the top

Monday, June 29, 2015

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Environmentalists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to lift what they call arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage solar panel use in the state. The so-called “net-metering” program allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the grid in exchange for credit on …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, with ties to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, is being called into question by …

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be reported at Lake Wallace in Belchertown along with a white-eyed vireo A common nighthawk also continues to be …

Valley Views: Wild Turkey

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dutch court mandates action on global warming

Thursday, June 25, 2015

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court ordered the government Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way …

Storms hit East Coast as Midwest states clean up

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Severe weather that pounded the Midwest and spawned tornadoes shifted on Tuesday to the East Coast, where tornado warnings were issued in several states and rainstorms were strong enough to stop train service. The National Weather …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

DPU rejects petitions by pipeline opponents for formal intervenor status in Berkshire Gas Co. contract case

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to the long-term contract proposed by the Berkshire Gas Co. with the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday …

Six-year dredging of Hudson for PCBs nears end

Monday, June 22, 2015

WATERFORD, N.Y. — Long after the last barge dredging toxins from the bottom of the upper Hudson River moves on, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels. General Electric Co. expects this year to finish removing …

Tiny green dragon threatens our forests

Saturday, June 20, 2015

What’s tiny, shiny and destroys fully-grown ash trees as well as any fire-breathing dragon? Yes, it’s the emerald ash borer, that infamous pest from Asia, whose larval feeding tunnels can girdle the inner bark of an ash tree, …

Valley Views: Catbird in an Apple Tree

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Catbirds, like robins, are very common, and I usually don’t think to grab my camera when I see one. This one, however, seemed to be saying “Look, this is my good side, take a picture.”  It was indeed his, …

Sunset over Hadley

Friday, June 19, 2015