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Protesters and supporters of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline gather outside the Greenfield Middle School before a state Department of Public Utilities hearing earlier this year.

Study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey finds no need for increased gas supply

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new energy reliability report commissioned by state Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England is unlikely to face electric reliability issues in the next 15 years and that energy efficiency and “demand-response” mechanisms can better provide for energy needs than building new gas pipelines. The study by Analysis Group Inc. comes three days before the expected formal application …

Greenfield commissioners approve transfer of liquor license for Hangar Pub and Grill on Federal Street

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — The site of a former Greenfield institution is set to host a duplicate of an Amherst institution. The site of the former Famous Bill’s on Federal Street is to become home to a new Hangar Pub and Grill, an expanding Amherst business known for chicken wings. The Greenfield Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday approved an application to transfer the restaurant’s …

State legislation on solar net-metering cap awaits action

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on how much electricity solar farms can sell back to the power companies have been reached …

Prevention efforts may be decreasing Hepatitis C cases in Hampshire County

Monday, September 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — As Hepatitis C rates have risen sharply in Franklin County, neighboring Hampshire County has seen a slower trend and a lower rate, tempered perhaps by prevention efforts. Franklin County’s rate of 131 newly discovered Hepatitis C …

Stephanie Ouellette of West Springfield in stable condition with serious leg injury following accident that closed North King Street Friday

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The motorcyclist who was in an accident that closed North King Street for nearly four hours Friday afternoon was in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Northampton Police identified her as Stephanie Ouellette, 46, of West Springfield. First Northwestern …

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Rollover accident on Interstate 91 that injured two drivers remains under investigation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police continue to investigate a two-car crash that seriously injured two drivers on Interstate 91 in Deerfield. Police said the accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, when a 2008 Volkswagen hatchback driven by a 23-year-old man from Vernon, Conn., crossed abruptly into the right lane …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

Two drivers hurt, one seriously, in rollover crash on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two drivers were injured, one seriously, in a two-car crash allegedly resulting from speeding on Interstate 91 northbound in Deerfield shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to State Police. A 23-year-old man from Vernon, Connecticut, suffered …

Fire heavily damages apartment house on Conway Street in Greenfield

Thursday, August 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a Conway Street apartment building Thursday afternoon, leaving the roof partially collapsed. One resident reportedly had to jump from a third-floor window to escape. “I was in the house …

Pioneer Valley organizations to mark 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with commemorations, educational activities

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Local organizations have planned community-wide commemorations this weekend to remember the people who died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan 70 years ago. The Peacebuilders Ministry Team of First Congregational Church in Amherst, New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett and American Friends Service Committee …

Opponents again dominate pipeline hearing before state Energy Facilities Siting Board

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. again dominated a public hearing Wednesday night — this one a session before the state Energy Facilities Siting Board that included several adamant declarations that no pipeline will be built here. Many …