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Plainfield voters approve $1.9M budget, OK WiredWest, re-elect Dennis Mimitz to Select Board

Sunday, May 3, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Voters on Saturday afternoon approved a $1,904,978 budget which included $657,000 for the Mohawk Regional School District, $178,000 for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School and $90,000 for school transportation. “All the budget items passed very easily this year,” said Finance Committee member Robert Persing. In all, 168 of the town’s 448 registered voters attended the annual Town Meeting, causing the meeting to move from the Town Hall …

Berkshire Gas spokesman apologizes for referring to pipeline opponents as engaging in ‘ecoterrorism’

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ecoterrorism? The term used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they have never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of communications and government relations, on Thursday issued an apology for describing, at a Franklin County …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing receives several honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April was a good month for state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who achieved several honors. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional school transportation, Chapter 70 funding and the special education circuit-breaker program.” Downing, who also received …

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association buys new thermal imager

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association has purchased a new thermal imaging camera for the Plainfield Fire Department. The new Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera cost the association $9,500. The Fire Department’s previous imaging camera had been purchased with funds …

Environmental groups respond to latest impact report filed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, March 20, 2015

While Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s draft environmental impact report for its Northeast Energy Direct project is being reviewed by area groups and communities along the 430-mile-long path, groups have been responding to the proposal in general — especially environmental organizations battling the proposed roughly $5 billion project. Northeast Energy …

Hilltown Voices: Unnamed donor boosts Plainfield Congregational Church scholarship fund

Saturday, March 14, 2015

For five years, Plainfield Congregational Church has offered scholarships to high school seniors looking ahead to college or vocational school. For two years running, the fund has received a strong boost from what scholarship program board member Alice Schertle called a “generous unnamed benefactor.” Schertle said that this …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline files environmental report with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Friday, March 13, 2015

Proponents of a natural gas pipeline that would cross western Massachusetts passed a key milestone Friday by filing its first draft environmental impact report on the roughly $5 billion project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is proposing that its Northeast Energy Direct project …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

Hilltown Voices: ‘Goshen Meltdown’ begins, Highland Ambulance to get half of the proceeds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With temperatures in the single digits, and 3 feet of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. One event that signals warmer weather ahead, however, is the annual “Goshen …

National Grid joins Eversource Energy as developer of Access Northeast project to increase natural gas supply

Thursday, February 19, 2015

National Grid is joining the former Northeast Utilities in a $3 billion project to bring an additional 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to the region for electricity generation. Eversource Energy — formerly Northeast Utilities — and Houston-based Spectra Energy on Wednesday helped announce that …

Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, youngest ever to win Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club ice-fishing derby

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Every year the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club sponsors an ice-fishing derby in February. A surprising first in the 22nd event Feb. 8 left many seasoned fishermen dumbfounded. Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, who landed the winning 3-pound …

Plainfield woman hurt as three vehicles collide on Route 9 in Hadley

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

HADLEY — A 22-year-old Plainfield woman was hurt and traffic was backed up on Route 9 near Knights Inn as the result of a three-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon, according to Hadley Police. Elizabeth Lashway, 22, was taken to …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to answer questions in Greenfield Thursday about Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. will host an open house at Greenfield Community College at 6 p.m. Thursday to answer questions about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The meeting in the college’s commons is one of a series of such events that the company is …