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Backlit banners at a rally before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission scoping meeting. Recorder/Paul Franz

Berkshire Gas owner buys 2.5% interest in pipeline

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The owner of Berkshire Gas Co. has announced that it will invest in the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would provide natural gas for its customers. UIL Holdings Corp. announced its investment this week in the development of the Northeast Energy Direct project. The pipeline would cross eight Franklin County towns on its 188-mile route from Wright, New York, to …

Earth Matters: Our varied and vibrant Valley vegetation

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Pioneer Valley is a botanist’s paradise, a true hotspot of plant diversity in the state and, indeed New England. But besides pleasing plant geeks, our bounteous flora is the basis for all the animals — birds, insects, furry friends and us — that flourish here, providing food, shelter and a sense of …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in Pittsfield. A sora was reported in Belchertown, and an eastern screen-owl …

Rosenberg wants feds to delay hearing in Greenfield next week on Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone a public hearing in Greenfield next week on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline project to give people more time to review the company’s delated filing …

Pan Am settles alleged violations with EPA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act at the East Deerfield Railyard and another of its railyards in …

World mayors at Vatican seek ‘bold climate agreement’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth’s warming …

Medicinal herbs

Monday, July 20, 2015

Website offers civilized solutions to wildlife woes

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource. The site — wildlifehelp.org — was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife …

Scotland in the park

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Valley Views: Injured Hummingbird

Friday, July 17, 2015

Injured Hummingbird Route 63, Leverett Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown This poor little thing flew into a screen. I was at my massage therapist’s house last month wandering around outside with my camera, as I had …

Earth Matters: Storms, sprites and other sky oddities

Friday, July 17, 2015

July is a time for fireworks, both man-made and natural. To me, one of summer’s most exciting light shows is the thunderstorm, with its amazing lightning displays and the promise it brings of cooling rain. As I write …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Fitzgerald Lake Invasive Plant Removal — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors removal of water chestnut Sunday, 10 a.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. No experience required. Meet at North Farms Road entrance. bhart2000@aol.com, 584-4176. ∎ Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of common gallinules with five chicks, a sora, and 10 marsh wrens were found at the Konkapot-Agawam marshes in Stockbridge and Great …