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Developers eye propane as natural gas ban hits

Friday, May 29, 2015

The owners of a new downtown Amherst restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine got an unexpected surprise in March when they discovered that they could not tap into the natural gas supply. Faced with uncertainty over how he would power the kitchen at Fratelli’s Ristorante now that Berkshire Gas has imposed a moratorium on natural gas connections in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield, owner Joseph Bowman turned to propane. He now intends …

Moose that prowled Amherst streets, school grounds darted for move to rural area

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMHERST — Though taming a moose is not part of her job description, Superintendent Maria Geryk was among the first on the scene Friday morning assisting Carol Hepburn, the town’s animal welfare officer, in shepherding a 350- to 400-pound female moose into an area where the animal could be tranquilized and removed by …

Heat kills 1,100 in India

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

IN THE NEWS Apple steps up efforts to go green in China Apple says it’s boosting efforts to go green in China by partnering with conservationists to promote sustainable forestry for paper production. CEO Tim Cook also said in a statement Sunday that he will try to get …

Co-op Power Energy Cooperative needs to raise final $850,000 to complete biodiesel factory in Greenfield

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The member-owned co-op that is trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward a June 1 deadline on construction bids to raise what it says is the final $850,000 for the project that has been in the works for more …

Massachusetts Envirothon at the Quabbin Reservoir a test for high school student teams

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some 250 students from across the state will gather at the Quabbin Reservoir Thursday to participate in a unique competition that will test their environmental knowledge, field work, problem-solving abilities and communication skills, as they take part in …

Eversource seeks supply charge rate decrease beginning July 1

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eversource announced Monday that it has filed with the state Department of Public Utilities to lower its supply charge rate by more than 31 percent beginning July 1, reflecting a drop from its historically high charge over the past six months. If the basic service supply price, which …

Easthampton free seed library to open as a way to combat food insecurity

Monday, May 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Though words like “local,” “organic,” and “open-pollinated” are often found on high-priced food labels, members of a food advocacy group called Feasthampton say quality, garden-grown food shouldn’t be a luxury item. That’s why they’re starting the …

Plastic bag, bottle bans take effect in Massachusetts towns

Sunday, May 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several cities and towns throughout the state have banned either plastic bags or bottles. Some are considering banning more plastic items in the future. But it appears Greenfield may be the first to try to ban …

Gas pipeline opponents plan presentation at Deerfield Community Center

Saturday, May 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Hattie Nestel of Athol and David Keith of Deerfield will address the question “Why the Pipeline Is Bad for Massachusetts” during a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Old Main St., in Old Deerfield. The presenters said they will …

Earth Matters: Hormones, another amazing aspect of trees’ wondrous systems

Friday, May 8, 2015

In my Jan. 31 column, I wrote about the incredible complexity of trees’ hydraulic system. Now, I’m going to focus on another amazing way trees have evolved to survive: their hormonal system. Yes, that’s right — their hormonal …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  “Florence: Dedicated to the Proposition”: A History Walking Tour — Historical walking tour covering the founding of Florence Saturday, 10 a.m., Sojourner Truth Memorial, corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence. 586-2869 . ∎  Wildflower Hike and Vernal Pool Exploration — Trustees of Reservations sponsor hike with …

Forecasters predict more Plains storms

Thursday, May 7, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned 51 tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather …