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Deerfield Board of Health votes to ban Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction within town’s borders

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s borders, calling the project an “unreasonable risk to the health and lives of the residents of Deerfield.” The decision came after more than two months of public hearings on the topic and is based on the advice of Cristobal Bonifaz, a lawyer who lives in …

Plainfield, Ashfield, Buckland join to seek state grant reducing cost of installing solar panels for residents, businesses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the 10 to be awarded by the state next month, residents and businesses in these towns …

Pipeline opponents sponsor ‘Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales’ fundraiser

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cummington is among the Hilltowns that will join other communities in Massachusetts and New York this weekend in holding a “Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales” fundraiser to fight a proposed natural gas pipeline. Other participating towns in the region include Conway, Northfield, Orange, Athol and Royalston. While opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline has been chalked up to an attitude of “not …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline project would include compressor station

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The natural gas pipeline project that would pass through Plainfield in Hampshire County and nine Franklin County towns also includes a barn-sized compressor station to maintain pressure on the line. The pumping station, which a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. map of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project shows …

Legislators raise questions about state officials participating in closed-door meetings on natural gas pipeline development

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The report last week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising eyebrows — and further questions — among some area lawmakers. …

Experts say allowing gas pipeline on property could be technical violation of some mortgage agreements

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Local experts who are investigating the legal ramifications of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposal for its Northeast Expansion project say allowing a gas pipeline on your property could put you at risk of technically violating your mortgage agreement. A provision in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Library; Town Meeting Coordinating Committee, 3 p.m., Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m., both at Town Hall; School Committee, 7 p.m., ARHS WEDNESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10 a.m., Library; Personnel Board, 2 p.m., Planning …

Plainfield Fire Department gets refurbished brush truck

Friday, June 13, 2014

After months of planning, the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department has replaced an aging vehicle with a refurbished brush truck, paid for with federal dollars at no cost to the town. The town’s 1953 Dodge had been acquired by …

Plainfield hopes to form consortium with Ashfield and Buckland to save money on solar installations

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ASHFIELD — Plainfield and Ashfield hope to form a three-town consortium with Buckland with the aim of saving homeowners money on residential solar-panel installations. Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter recently attended an Ashfield Select Board meeting to explain a state program, Solarize Mass, that encourages the switch …

Area meetings list for the week of June 8

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Policy Subcommittee of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., ARMS; Select Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 4 p.m., Agricultural Commission, 7 p.m., both at Town Hall; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m., Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, …

Dozens lose power in Hilltowns, hundreds in Berkshire County

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than 50 residents in western Hampshire County and over 350 in Berkshire County lost power Tuesday night as a result of a storm. According to the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. website, 33 customers lost power in Cummington, as well as 16 in Plainfield and three …

Municipal meetings for the week of June 1

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Select Board, 6 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: Board of Assessors, 5 p.m., Planning Board, 7:05 p.m., both at Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Mount Holyoke Range Advisory Committee, 6 p.m., Notch Visitors Center Belchertown TODAY: Fair Committee, 7:15, Freedom Hall; Board of Health, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Board …

Memorial Day commemorations listed for Sunday and Monday

Friday, May 23, 2014

Here is a list of the Memorial Day commemorations planned in the area for Sunday and Monday.  AMHERST — Parade MONDAY beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Amherst Common and proceeding to War Memorial on Triangle Street for …