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Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Common in Athol. The common purpose of the international marches are to push …

Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at …

Fire destroys barn at Plainfield’s Earthdance Creative Living

Monday, November 23, 2015

PLAINFIELD — A Monday morning fire destroyed a barn on the grounds of Earthdance Creative Living. Firefighters were called to the 252 Prospect St. property shortly before 7 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief David Alvord. The barn — located about 60 feet from the main building at the artist-run workshop and retreat center — was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. …

Pipeline opponents look to coordinate their efforts

Monday, October 26, 2015

The fight against Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project has been morphing. The nearly 415-mile, pipeline, which would cross eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale fields to Dracut, north of Lowell, and beyond, has been controversial since it was first unveiled in …

Installation demonstration in Plainfield for solar electricity systems

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Four solar electricity systems sold through the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland program have been installed. The solarize team and its partner, Direct Energy Solar, will hold an installation demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at the home of David Kramer, 9 Union St., Plainfield. They will explain …

Attorney general urges federal regulators to more thoroughly review impact of natural gas pipeline

Monday, October 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has again urged federal regulators to undertake a more thorough review of the impact on communities and the environment of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The proposed 30-inch diameter, 400-plus-mile-long natural gas pipeline would …

Hilltown Voices: Groups protest pipeline staging area on agricultural land in Plainfield

Saturday, October 17, 2015

On Saturday at noon, demonstrators will gather to voice their objections to a staging area on East Main Street where Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, would store 30-inch diameter by 50-foot-long pipes and other materials for the construction of the proposed 412-mile interstate Northeast …

Franklin County towns create coalition to oppose natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A group of Franklin County towns that would be affected by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline have formed a coalition dedicated to fighting the project. Organized as the Municipal Coalition Against The Pipeline, the group met Tuesday night at the Greenfield Public Library …

Impact on property values a concern for residents along route of proposed natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — With a natural gas pipeline and accompanying compressor station proposed to be built in western Massachusetts, many residents along the expected route have found themselves worrying about how it could affect the value of their homes. …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks additional details about Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, October 9, 2015

Federal regulators have sent the proponents of a roughly 420-mile natural gas pipeline planned to cross western Massachusetts a 32-page list of issues they want addressed in the report filed with the formal application for the project later this month. The comments on draft resource reports for the …

Deadline extended to Nov. 30 for residents and businesses to sign up for Solarize PAB

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Businesses and homeowners in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland now have until Nov. 30 to sign up for solar electricity systems, at a 20 percent savings from the statewide average cost, through the SolarizeMass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) collaborative. The sign-up deadline was originally Sept. 30, but the Massachusetts Clean …

State DPU allows utilities to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price increases, the state’s utility regulators will allow power generators to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. But what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new …

Hilltown Voices: Benefit program in Plainfield combines love of nature and music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Plainfield Congregational Church on Sunday will host a unique program with two presentations on the Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail and a performance by a classical ensemble called “Musical Visions of Nature.” The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest and the Franklin Land Trust, to …