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A new addition to the Hilltown Christmas Place at Paul's Sugar House in Williamsburg allows it to offer the work of some 60 atrtisans this year.

Hilltown Voices: Christmas Place at Paul’s Sugar House offers handmade items from more than 60 local artists

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Hilltown Christmas Place at Paul’s Sugar House is ready for the season after its latest expansion to the shop at 29 Goshen Road (Route 9) in Williamsburg. Sugar house owner Serena Zononi said the extra room has allowed her to feature the work of some 60 artisans this year. “We added a space that is about 6 feet by …

Hilltown Voices: Session in Chesterfield explores price of caregiving and risk of poverty among women

Saturday, November 14, 2015

When children and elders need care, it is frequently women who take on the caregiving role, often reducing work hours or giving up jobs to do so. But how does this affect their own earning power and the ability to care for themselves as they age? Retired registered nurse Jan Gibeau will offer a presentation and discussion at 2 p.m. Sunday at the …

Hilltown Voices: The Legacy of Joshua Packard in Goshen

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Goshen Historical Society will present “The Legacy of Joshua Packard in Goshen: A Story of Innovation, Family & Steam Technology” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Goshen Town Hall. Lawrence Packard and his daughter Mary Packard will chronicle the history of the Packard family in Goshen, beginning with Sam Packard who was the first to make his way to North America from …

Opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline includes coalitions, nonviolence training

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The fight against the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has been morphing. The nearly 415-mile pipeline, which would cross Plainfield in Hampshire County eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale …

Pipeline opponents look to coordinate their efforts

Monday, October 26, 2015

The fight against Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project has been morphing. The nearly 415-mile, pipeline, which would cross eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale fields to Dracut, north of Lowell, and beyond, has been controversial since it was first unveiled in …

Hilltown Voices: Parades, parties among Halloween festivities

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Parades and parties are among the Halloween festivities planned in the Hilltowns next weekend. While Oct. 31 is the official trick or treat night in Williamsburg, Halloween events will be held in town next weekend on both Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, a rag shag parade will …

Hilltown Voices: Groups protest pipeline staging area on agricultural land in Plainfield

Saturday, October 17, 2015

On Saturday at noon, demonstrators will gather to voice their objections to a staging area on East Main Street where Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, would store 30-inch diameter by 50-foot-long pipes and other materials for the construction of the proposed 412-mile interstate Northeast …

Hilltown Voices: Cummington preschool doing well despite closing of the elementary school

Saturday, September 26, 2015

After the controversial closing of the Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington this summer, the town’s preschoolers are now the only students that occupy the school building that was once bustling with students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. “When they closed the school, we proposed a half-day preschool …


Friday, June 14, 2013

Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: Mon., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 323-0420 www.belchertown.org Chesterfield Senior Center 400 Main …

Conservation Law Foundation seeks reversal of DPU decision on natural gas contracts

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — The Conservation Law Foundation has taken legal action against the state Department of Public Utilities, seeking to reverse its decision approving long-term contracts between the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and three gas companies. The three appeals, filed Wednesday with the DPU and the state Supreme Judicial …

Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee works to protect tributaries

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Environmental educators have long believed that people with a deep understanding of, and meaningful ties to, the area in which they live are more invested than others in protecting that environment. Proof that this “sense of place” concept …

Hilltown Voices: Hilltown CDC receives $1 million Community Development Block Grant

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Hilltown Community Development Corp. based in Chesterfield, received a Community Development Block Grant last month totaling $1,097,235. “The Department of Health and Community Development awards these grants annually through a competition,” said Dave Christopolis, executive director of the Hilltown CDC. The agency applied for the grant on …

Cummington Fair draws large turnout Friday, fun continues through Sunday

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Cummington Fair is living up to its billing as the “biggest and bets little fair in the country,” based on the sizeable crowds that have flocked to the Hilltowns to take part in the first …