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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

HORNED LARK, AT REST Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley When standing still, with its coloring blending in with the cornstalks in this Honey Pot cornfield off Cemetery Road in Hadley, this horned lark was well-camouflaged. I was happy that this one decided to play statue for a couple of seconds, as most of these little guys were scurrying here and there in search of corn, making them difficult to photograph. I used a telephoto lens on my hand-held digital SLR camera to capture this image last February. Anne E. Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo … 0

Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? — Christine B., Boston April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of … 1

Heading Outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

■∎ Hadley Bird Walk — Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range sponsor walk with John Green on April 19 from 7 to 10 a.m., Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park’s main gate off of Route 47 in Hadley. Free. For more information call 253-6443. ■∎ Floodplain Forest Canoe Trip and Great … 0

Conference examines socioeconomic impact of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closing

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PUTNEY, Vt. — The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should have put money into a separate economic development decommissioning fund, as well as its $622 million plant deconstruction fund, critics suggested Wednesday. They spoke during a conference on how to cope with the socioeconomic fallout … 0

Ocean garbage frustrates search for Flight 370

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box. Not once — not yet at … 0

To slim down, it helps to get up early and see the light

Thursday, April 3, 2014

LOS ANGELES — To maximize your chances of fighting flab, new research offers some simple advice: Wake up early and go outside. People who loaded up on light exposure at the beginning of the day were most likely to have a lower body mass index, according to a … 0

Ban on ‘fracked gas’ eyed in Chesterfield

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — Although Chesterfield is not one of the towns a proposed natural gas pipeline is expected to traverse, organizers there say they want to ask the town to adopt a resolution opposing fracking. About 50 people showed … 0

The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Park serve day April 26 The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites people to its eighth annual park serve day April 26 across the state. Online registration is available at www.mass.gov/dcr/parkserve for those who want to register in advance. With the help of volunteers, the department will spruce … 0

Hampshire Council of Governments boosts solar installations with energy credit program

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Joseph J. Kearns says he has not sent a payment to the electric company for two years. After nurturing a lifelong interest in alternative energy, the Middlefield resident installed solar panels at his 19th-century farmhouse in 2012. And … 0

Judge’s ruling may stop ‘back dumping’ of stormwater into Lake Okeechobee

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lake Okeechobee may no longer be the dumping ground for polluted water that washes off South Florida sugar cane fields and other farmland, after a federal judge’s decision. Environmentalists are declaring victory in their long-standing legal fight to stop “back pumping,” the flood-control practice that pumps polluted stormwater … 0

UN report ratchets up warnings on climate change

Monday, March 31, 2014

YOKOHAMA, Japan — If the world doesn’t cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral “out of control,” the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday. And he’s not alone. … 0

Trust for Public Land has been active in Hampshire County

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The protection of the Northfield Forest is the latest of many conservation projects organized by the Trust for Public Land. The trust announced last week that it had reached an agreement with Northfield Mount Hermon School to keep the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest off the market. Also … 0

Water bears: Minuscule but mighty beasties

Friday, March 28, 2014

Last summer, I had a close encounter with bears. A sow and her two yearling cubs ambled across my yard in Florence. (I quietly put down my gardening tools and stood stock-still as they made their way into … 0