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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post which he had been seriously considering. Downing announced last week that he would not seek …

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes strong stand against Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a strong stand against the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project during a speech in Springfield on Monday, calling out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that will have the final say about whether it is approved. Warren, a Democrat, described how regulatory agencies that she helped create, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, …

Opponents of pipeline hold 5-mile ‘silent solidarity march’

Sunday, December 13, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Members of the West Cummington Church and several supporters held a 5-mile walk from Cummington to Plainfield on Sunday, to protest Kinder Morgan’s plans to build a 412-mile interstate natural gas pipeline know as the Northeast …

Art Maker: Paula Gottlieb | Painter

Friday, December 11, 2015

Cummington artist Paula Gottlieb, 68, is about to have her first solo show since 2007 at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton. Included will be some 20 paintings — mainly landscape paintings in oil and watercolor, although she …

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission hears both sides on proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A gathering of the commissioners of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission heard back-to-back presentations Thursday night on the proposed $5.2 billion Tennessee Gas Pipeline which, if approved, would run through Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight towns in Franklin County. Timothy Brennan, executive director of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …