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Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back and is offering a good selection of blueberries still ready for picking. “I would say that if people can come before Labor Day, they will be guaranteed a fair quantity of blueberries,” Roberts said on Thursday afternoon after showing his fields. “Towards the end of the season there is also a more universal sweetness to the berries.” The destructive fly in question is the Spotted Wing Drosophila …

Lightning strike causes two small fires in Plainfield home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Minor damage was reported in two small fires sparked by a lightning strike at a Summit Street home Tuesday morning. The house, at 92 Summit St., caught fire after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through a wire fence and into the building, starting small fires in two locations. A resident was able to use fire extinguishers to contain the …

Robert Aeschback of Plainfield resigns as Mohawk School Committee chairman

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams in September,” he explained before adjourning the meeting. “I’ve enjoyed being on the School Committee. We’ve had good discussions, good debates. I’ve been on the …

Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland has 46 contracts signed by homeowners

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A total of 46 homeowners in the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland partnership have signed contracts for solar panel systems with the potential to generate a total of 317 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic electricity. This is an average of 6.9 kW per household, above the statewide Solarize Mass average of 6.5 …

Pipeline opponents concerned about bill in state Legislature seeking easement on part of Otis State Forest

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Massachusetts House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Plainfield in Hampshire County …

UMass assessment suggests varying impact of pipeline construction on natural resources

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in some cases may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a Natural Resource Assessment report, …

Hilltown Voices: Berkshire Bank closes branch in Haydenville, Dunkin’ Donuts expected to move into Main Street space

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Berkshire Bank closed its branch at 142 Main St. in Haydenville on July 31, but the location apparently will not remain vacant for long because Dunkin’ Donuts plans to move there, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Elizabeth Mach, vice president of marketing at Berkshire Bank, said the …

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 …

Trust funds give a boost to Williamsburg causes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Town residents have long believed in a tradition of leaving money to the town in the form of trust funds earmarked for a host of causes — from the town library, clocks and cemeteries, to parents with newborns, students and those in need of medical or financial assistance. …

Residents group files suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, …

FERC urged to slow down pipeline process at packed hearing in Greenfield

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. Calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone the …

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reduces capacity sought for Northeast Energy Direct project

Friday, July 17, 2015

The company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through Plainfield and eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to Dracut has announced that its formal federal application for the project in October will call for 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, requiring …