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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 would be eligible to participate in the …

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 …

Challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik engage in ‘spirited debate’

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Sparks flew this week during a debate between Republican challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, in what has been an otherwise low-key race in the 1st Franklin District. The forum Tuesday night, aired live on FCAT Channel 12 in Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately, covered …


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Housing Authority - Board of Commissioners, 4:30 p.m., 33 Kellogg Ave.; School Location Subcommittee of the Regional Agreement Working Group, 5:30 p.m., Leverett Town Hall; Finance Committee, Select Board, both at 6 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Jones Library; Public …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline opposed by more than 100 protesters in Greenfield

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — “Keep your fracking gas out of Mass.” The slogans on protesters’ signs summed up their feelings toward the proposed 179-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion, which would cut a swath across nine Franklin County towns, as well as Plainfield in Hampshire County, on its way from Wright, …

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline plan rally in Greenfield despite postponement of meeting

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Organizers said a rally against the planned natural gas pipeline will be held Thursday afternoon, despite postponement of a regional informational meeting that was originally scheduled to follow. The 5 p.m. gathering on the Greenfield Town Common is organized by a consortium of groups opposed to …

This week's municipal meetings in your town

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Dickinson Local Historic District Commission, 3 p.m., Town Hall; Select Board, 6:55 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Buildings and Facilities Committee, 1 p.m., Jones Library; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m. Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 7 p.m., both at ARHS; …

Northampton latest community to consider opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline through western Massachusetts

Monday, May 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton is joining the chorus of regional voices raising concerns about a new natural gas pipeline that would stretch through the northern reaches of western and central Massachusetts. Though the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline is not …

Plainfield voters approve $1.8 million budget, ban fracked gas pipeline

Sunday, May 4, 2014

PLAINFIELD — Voters Saturday approved a $1,819,555 budget for the 2015 fiscal year and easily passed a non-binding resolution to ban natural gas pipelines from passing through their town. Several towns in the region have passed similar resolutions …

Plainfield voters to take up school repairs, $1.8 million budget, ‘fracked-gas’ measure

Thursday, May 1, 2014

PLAINFIELD — Town Meeting voters Saturday will consider a $1.8 million operating budget for next year that includes $590,950 for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and $196,029 for vocational education. Residents also will be asked to approve two capital items related to school needs. The annual Town …


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Dickinson Local Historic District commission, 3 p.m., Town Hall; Housing Authority-Board of Commissioners annual meeting, 4:30 p.m., 33 Kellogg Ave.; Select Board, 6 p.m., Finance Committee, 6:15 p.m., both at ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10:30 a.m., Library; Joint Amherst, Pelham and Regional …

Communities await state Department of Public Utilities ruling on municipal aggregation to buy electricity

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thirty-six western Massachusetts communities, including 14 in Hampshire County, are waiting to hear if the state government will allow them to buy electricity as a group, presumably for a savings. Several dozen town officials, area legislators and others testified earlier this month in Northampton before the state Department …

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield turns out in force to hear about gas pipeline

Friday, April 25, 2014

It was standing room only at Tuesday night’s Select Board meeting as over 100 residents packed the Town Hall to hear a presentation by representatives of Kinder Morgan, the company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would potentially run through Plainfield. “We knew a lot of people had …