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COURTESY HANNAH LABRIE
Bob Labrie stands on the ice of Hammond Pond after setting up the 2015 "Goshen Meltdown" flag. The 69-pound block is attached to an electric clock in a nearby shed. When the ice breaks and the flag sinks, it pulls the plug on the clock, recording the precise time.

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 Meltdown.” This year is the 11th annual contest in which people buy tickets to guess when the ice on Hammond Pond will …

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 National Grid was joining as a co-developer of the Access Northeast project, which they say …

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 bass, was the youngest competitor ever to take home the derby’s grand prize, in this …

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 …

If you don’t like valley weather, drive a few miles to Hilltowns

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PLAINFIELD — The adage “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes,” has a variation for the Hilltowns which goes something like “If you don’t like the weather here, just drive …

Tennessee Gas to file revised preferred route for pipeline into New Hampshire

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is shifting its preferred pipeline route through Franklin County into southern New Hampshire as part of a move to avoid restricted state-owned land and to increase the proportion that runs along power line rights-of-way, company officials announced Friday. The company plans to file …

Addition, other improvements nearly complete to Plainfield Congregational Church

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Improvements to the Plainfield Congregational Church are nearly complete. Built in 1846, the church had seen better days. Dudley Williams, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the new addition and upgrades to the church will be completed …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline promises to ‘make whole’ farmers who sign agreements

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — Farmers who sign agreements with Tennessee Gas Pipeline granting easements for the company’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project will be “made whole,” according to the company. But, during the annual meeting Thursday of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, they also were cautioned to understand all the …

Tennessee Gas dismisses effort by Deerfield to ban pipeline as ‘nullity’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town’s battle to prevent a proposed natural gas pipeline from passing within its limits continues to heat up, with Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., firing back against an October decision by the Deerfield Board of Health to ban activities related …