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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

Deerfield threatens to arrest anyone on private property without permission in connection with gas pipeline

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DEERFIELD — Local police will be used to protect property owners who refuse to allow Kinder Morgan pipeline surveyors or any other agency or individual onto their land with or without an order from the state Department of Public Utilities. Kinder Morgan, which plans a natural gas pipeline through Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns, including Deerfield, has asked the …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post which he had been seriously considering. Downing announced last week that he would not seek …

Hilltown Voices: Construction begins on new home for Highland Ambulance in Goshen

Saturday, January 16, 2016

When Highland Ambulance was first established, an arrangement was made with the Goshen Fire Department that the service would be temporarily housed in its fire station until a suitable permanent location could be found. That was 11 years …

Foes criticize application filed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline for Northeast Energy Direct project

Friday, January 15, 2016

The federal agency reviewing an application for the controversial proposed natural gas pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts is coming under fire from a variety of opposition groups and environmental coalitions. Northeast Energy Solutions on Thursday filed a formal protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charging …

Deerfield Academy and Historic Deerfield seek intervenor status in Tennessee Gas Pipeline review

Thursday, January 14, 2016

DEERFIELD — Two major Old Deerfield institutions have added their names to the growing list of town governments, activist groups, organizations and citizens seeking intervenor status in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline. Deerfield Academy, a private school and …

Organizer says anti-pipeline walk intended to celebrate legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Athol resident Hattie Nestel purposely wanted to conclude next week’s three-day march outlining the proposed path of a controversial natural gas pipeline route on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a way to celebrate his achievements and beliefs, she said this week. “His memory and influence are …

Franklin Regional Council of Governments cites ‘profound’ impacts of proposed natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. would have “profound” long- and short-term impacts in Franklin County, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments wrote in one of hundreds of intervention applications submitted this week to federal regulators. The council’s application to the Federal …

Leverett Peace Pagoda will lead Martin Luther King Walk opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

At first blush, it might seem like environmental issues, and environmental controversies such as the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project through western Massachusetts, have nothing to do with the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But King was a champion of environmental justice, the principle that …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline details reasons for rejecting alternate routes and site for compressor station

Friday, January 1, 2016

Lack of access, insufficient size, environmental impacts and additional construction requirements were among the reasons that Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejected alternative sites for the proposed compressor station slated for Gulf Road in Northfield and a series of alternative routes for the project as a whole, according to …

Solarize Mass program finds success in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Friday, December 18, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Solar company executive Jill Appel has high praise for Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland. The three towns banded together last year to form one of the 15 Solarize Mass communities she works with as director of community …

Changes needed in power grid to enable connection by many small producers of electricity

Friday, December 18, 2015

State Sen. Benjamin Downing believes that New England should do everything possible to promote solar energy and find ways of easing the transition to a power grid capable of handling many small producers of electricity, such as homes with solar panels. Downing, D-Pittsfield, said in a recent interview …

Area briefs: Towing at Hadley reservoirs; Hatfield Luminarium; ‘Blue Christmas’ service at Plainfield church

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hadley BAY ROAD RESERVOIRS: Vehicles parked illegally at the Bay Road reservoirs will be towed, according to police, who said recent complaints of parking in the “no trespassing” area led them to tighten enforcement in the area. The law allows police to impose a fine of up to …