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KEVIN GUTTING
Mark Strszko of Northampton trims a year's worth of new growth from the top of a euonymus alatus, or burning bush, on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton for a client on Wednesday.

A little off the top

Monday, June 29, 2015

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Environmentalists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to lift what they call arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage solar panel use in the state. The so-called “net-metering” program allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the grid in exchange for credit on …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, with ties to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, is being called into question by …

State rejects petitions for full intervenor status filed by state Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has rejected petitions seeking full intervenor status filed by Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project through Franklin County. The case involves the Berkshire Gas Co. contract to buy natural gas transported by the pipeline. Both …

State’s Large Animal Response Team decides how to handle wildlife that approach people, such as moose, bears

Monday, June 1, 2015

AMHERST — Even though a moose roaming through Amherst neighborhoods near three public schools for nearly 24 hours had not caused harm to anyone, the animal was chemically immobilized Friday morning before being brought to a rural, wooded …

Earth Talk

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Where will be the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us? — Cynthia McIntosh, Jasper, Wyoming If temperatures around the globe continue to rise in the face of human-induced climate change …

Valley Views: Blue Heron in Flight

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blue Heron in Flight Old Springfield Road, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Larry Cadorette, Florence Every spring, toward the beginning of April, the blue herons return to the hatchery of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Mount Toby Hike — New England Wildflower Society sponsors hike Saturday, Mount Toby, Sunderland. Jessica Nugent, jnugent@newenglandwildflower. ∎  Birds and Bird Songs — Trustees of Reservations sponsor bird hike Saturday, 6 to 10 a.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. Pre-registration required. $5. 532-1631 or westregion@ttor.org to register. …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary earns spot in Yankee Magazine ‘Best of New England’ travel guide

Monday, May 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Yankee Magazine has named Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to its annual list of New England’s best travel destinations. The sanctuary, listed in the category of “Best Birdwatching” in Massachusetts, is featured in the magazine’s Best of New …