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Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, puts the final touches on one of his latest projects. He will sell his work at the arts and crafts show at the Haydenville Congregational Church on Nov. 29.

Young Hilltown artist Rowan McElligott follows tradition of mom (jewelry-maker) and grandmother (painter)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There is nothing extraordinary about being a young artist in the Hilltowns, where many painters, potters, photographers and artisans in a variety of mediums reside. Still, one mixed-medium artist may hold the distinction of being the youngest among those who show their work at local arts and craft shows. Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, is passionate about his art and …

Forest owner raises concerns about potential alternate route to Tennesee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance Route” and “Article 97 co-location Route Alternative” describe conservation lands protected under the Massachusetts Constitution, …

Merger planned for veterans service districts in Franklin County

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a merger of Franklin County’s two veterans’ service districts nearing, local veterans may soon have an easier time navigating state and federal benefit programs. Tim Niejadlik, the director of the Veterans’ Services Resource and Referral Center in Greenfield, said a board consisting of representatives from each of the county’s towns voted Thursday to dissolve the existing districts and form a …

Future of Hilltown farms topic for Monday meeting

Friday, November 14, 2014

Farmers, residents, and businesses in the Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on the future of farming in the Hilltowns. The “community kick-off” event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cummington Community House. The Hilltown Community …

UMass reviews environmental impact of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, November 10, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is reviewing the state’s environmental resources that could be affected by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed 128-mile route across the state. The university’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a series of reports beginning this month that will put the …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline postpones meetings on project until after the holidays

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has postponed its series of open house meetings for its Northeast Energy Direct proposal, some of which had been scheduled for early December in Orange, Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, to give the public and officials more time to review its plans filed Wednesday …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline environmental report rejects alternate routes

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed sections of its draft environmental report Wednesday for its Northeast Energy Direct project, rejecting alternatives that would send the pipeline along Route 2, the Massachusetts Turnpike or southern New Hampshire instead of its preferred path through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns. …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Hilltown CROP Hunger Walk involves more than 100 people who raise $11,831

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Residents of several communities were out in force last Sunday for the 27th annual Hilltown CROP Hunger Walk, raising a total of $11,831. Participants included walkers from Ashfield, Haydenville, Huntington, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington, as well as others from Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton. Organizer Jean York of the …

Contrast in campaign donations to incumbent, challenger in 1st Franklin District

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even the largely rural 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The nature of their donors provides a striking contrast between 35-year-old Republican …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader …

Chemical reaction prompts evacuation of Sanderson Academy in Ashfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 children from Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes …