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Dallas woman bitten by shark to leave Florida 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 and she was enjoying her annual New …

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 …

Vignettes: On sleds and skis, braving blizzard

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Bostonians are a hardy breed, and many weren’t about to let a mere blizzard cramp their style. Some voices from those who ventured out into the teeth of the storm: Sliding to town On most days, Brooke Finan gets around Boston on foot. On Tuesday, she rode around in style on …

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. …

Report by Sightline Institute of Seattle details problems with projects by Kinder Morgan, parent of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A recently published report by a Seattle-based research organization points to a litany of spills, explosions, and other mishaps involving Kinder Morgan, the parent of the company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The 15-page report, …