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Tim Mannix pauses while speaking to reporters in front of his house in Marshfield, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.  Mannix was injured Tuesday when a wave shattered a window during a winter storm that buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Storm hits coastal communities hard

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARSHFIELD — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through the state were on the coastline, where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but said at least four homes will likely be condemned. At least a dozen more sustained substantial damage after two 80-foot sections of …

Dallas woman bitten by shark to leave hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Dallas woman who lost a good part of her left side to a hungry shark in the Bahamas is close to leaving a Hollywood hospital to go home. Lacy Webb, 34, who was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment after the attack, described her death-defying encounter Tuesday at a news conference at the hospital. It was Jan. 6 …

Blizzard slams Boston area, coast and central Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall …

Northampton couple opens sanctuary for unwanted animals

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Audrey is a snow white turkey, a watch bird so to speak, who is the first to greet visitors with her quick-throated exhortations at 55 North Loudville Road. Close by is Michael, a much larger dark-feathered …

Seven groups get $10 million federal grant to protect Connecticut River watershed

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The region has won a $10 million federal conservation grant to help a coalition of agencies and nonprofits protect natural resources. This two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture focuses on improving the health of Long Island Sound by making changes along the Connecticut River valley. It …

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tussock Moth, Mill Valley Road, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley While photographing frogs at a small pond in Belchertown Oct. 12, I watched this little Tussock Moth caterpillar appear and begin crawling along …

Earth Matters: Nature’s clock: Studying the timing, life cycles of species

Friday, January 16, 2015

Isn’t that a lyric cicada calling? How recently did he emerge from his underground nymph stage? Here’s a patch of spring beauties; when did they start to bloom? When did that scarlet tanager arrive from his wintering grounds …

Water the focus of photo exhibit at Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton

Friday, January 16, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — “Still Waters, Rolling Seas,” a group photo exhibit is on view at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., through Jan. 28. A closing reception will be held Jan. 25 from 2 …

Bird sightings

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two barnacle geese and a white-fronted goose are among a large flock of Canada geese in the river beside and below the island in …

Partnership seeks to protect forest land in western Massachusetts

Friday, January 16, 2015

After working for more than a year with woodlot owners around Franklin County and finding a need for help improving forest health, the regional government will join 11 other organizations in a conservation project to help region’s economy. It could lead eventually to a wood pellet factory to …

Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations along pipeline route to be shown in Erving

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations, like the one planned along the proposed route for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Northfield, will be screened as part of an informational meeting planned by North Quabbin Pipeline Action at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Erving Senior-Community Center on …

Hatfield Solar venture sold to NuGen Capital Management before unfavorable court ruling

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HATFIELD — Town officials and opponents of a large-scale solar power plant planned for Hatfield said they were surprised to learn this week the company behind the facility sold the project last summer. The news comes less than …

Environmentalists concerned new owner of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage project may stop erosion control

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No one ever thought it would be easy, more than 20 years ago, when regional, state and federal agencies, together with environmental groups, joined to pressure the owners of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to halt and repair erosion along a 20-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. …