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FRAN RYAN
A dilapidated barn, more crumbling buildings and other rubble has been cleared from the property on Huntington Road in Worthington once owned by potato farmer  Bernard "Ben" Albert. The land is now owned by the town.

Hilltown Voices: Buildings demolished on Worthington property once owned by potato farmer Bernard Albert

Saturday, January 24, 2015

After a lengthy process, the dilapidated storage barn and crumbling outbuildings located between 311 and 343 Huntington Road in Worthington have been demolished and hauled away. The 36-acre parcel was once owned by prominent potato farmer the late Bernard “Ben” Albert. Once part of a thriving 174-acre farm in the 1950s, hard times struck the Albert family and bits and …

Stephen Kulik files legislation that would grant authority to attorney general for reviewing natural gas pipelines

Thursday, January 22, 2015

State Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has filed legislation that would extend authority to the attorney general for reviewing natural gas pipelines. With new Attorney General Maura Healey succeeding Martha Coakley on Wednesday, the bill would grant a role in the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct Project to a Democrat who campaigned on her opposition to the proposed pipeline which is …

Hilltown Voices: Defunct Grange chapter donates $500 to Plainfield Fire Department

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A donation of $500 from the defunct Plainfield Grange will help buy a new thermal imager for the Plainfield Fire Department. “About two weeks ago it was delivered to one of the offices of the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association,” Assistant fire Chief David Alvord said of the donation. “Last week it was officially accepted at our monthly meeting.” Allan Roberts, a former Grange …

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 …

Kinder Morgan executives contributed to campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Five top executives of Kinder Morgan — the Houston-based corporation that hopes to build a pipeline through Massachusetts — each made the maximum allowable personal contributions to the campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, according to state campaign finance records. The $500 contributions — all made on Election Day, …

Young Hilltown artist Rowan McElligott follows tradition of mom (jewelry-maker) and grandmother (painter)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There is nothing extraordinary about being a young artist in the Hilltowns, where many painters, potters, photographers and artisans in a variety of mediums reside. Still, one mixed-medium artist may hold the distinction of being the youngest among …

Forest owner raises concerns about potential alternate route to Tennesee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance …

Merger planned for veterans service districts in Franklin County

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a merger of Franklin County’s two veterans’ service districts nearing, local veterans may soon have an easier time navigating state and federal benefit programs. Tim Niejadlik, the director of the Veterans’ Services Resource and Referral Center in Greenfield, said a board consisting of representatives from …

Future of Hilltown farms topic for Monday meeting

Friday, November 14, 2014

Farmers, residents, and businesses in the Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on the future of farming in the Hilltowns. The “community kick-off” event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cummington Community House. The Hilltown Community …