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Heading Outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

∎   Fall Landscape Photography Field Trip — Workshop, field trip and critique with photographers Andrea York and Michael Zide in Amherst, Oct. 25, 8 to 11 a.m. RSVP zide@comcast.net. ∎   Holyoke VNA 5K Run/Walk for Hospice Life Care — 5K run/walk at Ashley Reservoir, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. Registration starting 8 a.m. Awards ceremony and festivities follow at Holyoke Elks. $25 general; $10 ages 12 and under. holyokevna.org …

Watching northern harriers in flight

Friday, October 24, 2014

Every October they arrive, with the oranges and crimsons of the sugar maples beginning to fade and the low-bush blueberry leaves flushing scarlet. The greens of summer are mostly gone, replaced by the reds, purples and browns of autumn. One morning I‘ll look out and there they’ll be: one or two northern harriers, …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

QUABBIN MIST Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Early morning fog or mist is something I enjoy photographing. The only problem being getting up and out in time. I was later than I wanted to be on this trip to Quabbin Reservoir in September. It was …

Bird Sightings

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A blue grosbeak has been seen off and on this week in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. A grasshopper sparrow, a yellow-billed cuckoo and …

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BEIJING — The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China’s National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks. The …

Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity …

Hampshire Power will supply Lowell with locally produced renewable energy in first-of-its-kind deal

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what its leaders believe is a first-of-its-kind agreement, the Hampshire Council of Governments has signed a deal to supply power to the city of Lowell solely through renewable energy produced in New England. The state’s fourth-largest city has signed a contract through which Hampshire Power …

‘Ghost riders’ draw scrutiny for transit systems

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Transit agencies across Pennsylvania are being scrutinized by the state over the subsidies they claim for transporting riders 65 and older, with at least four agencies being docked millions for inflating senior ridership numbers. Criminal charges are pending against two high-ranking employees of the transit …

Miraculous migrations in the insect world

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Now that summer is behind us, many Valley residents are making plans for trips to warmer climes during the colder months and students are migrating back to college. But we aren’t the only creatures traversing thousands of miles …

Maine woman finds 2-headed baby snapping turtle

Friday, September 26, 2014

HUDSON, Maine (AP) — A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Kathleen Talbot of Hudson tells WLBZ-TV she found the tiny creature this week while she …

CHART Electricity rates to jump significantly in Valley this winter due to shortage of natural gas supplies

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Homeowners and businesses throughout the Valley should brace for significantly higher electricity bills this winter season as a result of a shortage of natural gas for generating plants. Two days after National Grid announced that its …

Bird Sightings

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A blue-winged teal, a marsh wren , dickcissel and 15 pine siskins were seen in Northampton. A Connecticut warbler was found in Wendell. Five …

Obama to expand ocean preserve

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama is carving out a wide swath the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the waters off-limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life. The …