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‘No smoking gun’ in UMass natural resources assessment of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A detailed report on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through western Massachusetts points to its impact on protected open space dedicated to agriculture and conservation, and especially on Franklin County’s primary habitat for rare species habitat, wetlands wildlife habitat and communities of biodiversity. If there is anything lacking in the “natural resources assessment” prepared by the University of Massachusetts Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, it’s a bottom-line …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing files legislation to promote clean energy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A state Senate bill encouraging utilities to adopt policies that incorporate energy storage systems to make more efficient use of solar, wind and other renewable sources is one of several initiatives by Sen. Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield to reshape the state’s energy future and keep its position as a clean-energy pioneer. The bill, seen as a way of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions as well …

Hilltown Voices: Retirement party for Chesterfield highway superintendent, fishing derby in Plainfield, colonial hearth cooking in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 9, 2015

There will be a retirement party from 2 to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Chesterfield Community Center at 400 Main Road for Ed Dahill. He retired as Chesterfield highway superintendent last June after serving in the position for 26 years. All are welcome at the party hosted by the town. “I actually did enjoy the job,” Dahill said. “I had a good …

Solarize Mass program delayed for Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Thursday, April 9, 2015

There will be a three-month delay for residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland who have signed up to install solar-electric panels on their homes. Negotiations fell through with the installer the chosen through the cooperative Solarize Mass photovoltaic program. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to partner with an …

Franklin Council of Governments will offer assistance to towns in Tennessee Gas Pipeline filing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing …

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 …