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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 …

State Energy Facilities Siting Board schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The public will have another opportunity to sound off about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project — this time before the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board. The board, which is among state agencies participating in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the proposed pipeline …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline compressor proposed for Northfield would be among largest in US

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 80,000 horsepower compressor station proposed to be built in Northfield would be among the very largest compressor stations along natural gas pipelines in the United States, according to a federal listing. In fact, the three 80,000-horsepower compressor stations planned in Northfield, Windsor, New Hampshire, and Hillsborough, New …

Residents, businesses and nonprofits in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland eligible for solar-energy discounts

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland consortium has enough households signed up to qualify for the deepest discount possible on the purchase of solar-energy panel systems — at a $3.40-per-watt base price. With 38 households on board to buy photovoltaic systems that will collectively generate up to 285 kilowatts (kW) of …

Opponents seek delay in federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast (PLAN) has joined two other coalitions in asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a delay in the “scoping” process for environmental review of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project to allow time for analyzing project revisions. The company …

Critics of Tennessee Gas Pipeline claim underused facilities already exist to meet need for additional natural gas

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized last month by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a year, argue a variety of critics of the Tennessee Gas …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launches study of region’s electricity needs, natural gas capacity

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an evaluation of options for the region’s electricity needs over the next 15 years, including whether more natural gas capacity is necessary. The attorney general’s office announced Monday that the study will be conducted, with support from the Barr Foundation …

Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in …

Hilltown Voices: Putting horsepower to work at Williamsburg farm, R.H. Conwell School staff, Plainfield open house, Chesterfield picnic

Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Valley View Farm, horsepower is not a term that defines engine strength. On the contrary, it refers to two, robust 10 year-old Belgian Brabant draft horses named Lynne and Clyde that are being used to plow and …