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A Plainfield firefighter holds the newly acquired Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera. The compact heat-sensing device is used to detect unseen fire within walls and to help locate missing people in the dark.

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 from a state grant that was offered to all fire departments in the state after six firefighters lost their lives battling a fire in an abandoned warehouse in Worcester in December of 1999. Because Plainfield’s imager was over 10 years old, with an unreliable battery life and aging technology, the Plainfield fire association conducted a fund drive to purchase a new unit. “The addition of this important …

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 Solutions, a coalition of land-trust organizations in the region including Franklin Land Trust and the …

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 is the second year that the person has promised to match the donations to the …

Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations along pipeline route to be shown in Erving

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations, like the one planned along the proposed route for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Northfield, will be screened as part of an informational meeting planned by North Quabbin Pipeline Action at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Erving Senior-Community Center on …

Report by Sightline Institute of Seattle details problems with projects by Kinder Morgan, parent of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A recently published report by a Seattle-based research organization points to a litany of spills, explosions, and other mishaps involving Kinder Morgan, the parent of the company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The 15-page report, …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reschedules public meetings about project to later this month, February

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rescheduled a series of “open house” public meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct project, with one of the sessions planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The meetings will include no formal presentation about …

Lawyer representing Deerfield Board of Health raises questions about destination of natural gas that would flow through controversial pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England through the pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. is for export, that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders, according to the lawyer representing the Board of Health. …

Pipeline presentation in Cummington draws strong turnout

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Strong turnout on Saturday afternoon for a presentation on a planned natural gas pipeline in the region prompted organizers to offer a second showing. Hosted by members of No Fracked Gas in Mass, the event featured a short documentary film created by Plainfield resident Steve Wicks, …

Haydenville Congregational Church sponsors anti-racism workshop, followed by Martin Luther King service

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A longtime supporter of human rights and inclusivity, the Haydenville Congregational Church is offering a workshop entitled “Dismantling Racism: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change.” The workshop has been offered for more than 10 years. The Rev. Andrea Ayvazian said it is “absolutely timely” this year …

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland residents to benefit from state program offering solar incentives

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland will offer “Solarize Massachusetts” incentives that will cut solar-panel installation costs for residents by up to 20 percent below the average cost in Massachusetts. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve V. Bartlett announced the three-town consortium is among the latest round of towns accepted …

Hilltown Voices: Councils on Aging Consortium to hire outreach coordinator

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Northern Hilltown Councils on Aging Consortium will soon be hiring a full-time outreach coordinator to help expand the organization’s capacity to provide services to the 2,122 elders who live in seven communities. The three-year position will be paid for by a $60,000 service incentive grant from the …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg, Chesterfield and Goshen children’s funds seek gift-wrapping volunteers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

There is a room in the home of Sabrina Willard that is packed full of holiday gifts for children who otherwise may have gone without presents this year. Willard runs the Williamsburg Children’s Fund, which has been in operation for over 10 years, providing children in need with …

New coalition opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline hires lawyer specializing in energy issues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Franklin Land Trust and seven other environmental organizations in the region have formed a coalition to fight the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, hiring a Boston regulatory attorney who specializes in energy issues. The new group, calling itself Northeast Energy Solutions, was created to analyze, advocate and work …