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Plainfield voters approve $1.9M budget, OK WiredWest, re-elect Dennis Mimitz to Select Board

Sunday, May 3, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Voters on Saturday afternoon approved a $1,904,978 budget which included $657,000 for the Mohawk Regional School District, $178,000 for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School and $90,000 for school transportation. “All the budget items passed very easily this year,” said Finance Committee member Robert Persing. In all, 168 of the town’s 448 registered voters attended the annual Town Meeting, causing the meeting to move from the Town Hall …

Berkshire Gas spokesman apologizes for referring to pipeline opponents as engaging in ‘ecoterrorism’

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ecoterrorism? The term used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they have never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of communications and government relations, on Thursday issued an apology for describing, at a Franklin County …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing receives several honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April was a good month for state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who achieved several honors. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional school transportation, Chapter 70 funding and the special education circuit-breaker program.” Downing, who also received …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations along pipeline route to be shown in Erving

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations, like the one planned along the proposed route for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Northfield, will be screened as part of an informational meeting planned by North Quabbin Pipeline Action at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Erving Senior-Community Center on …

Report by Sightline Institute of Seattle details problems with projects by Kinder Morgan, parent of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A recently published report by a Seattle-based research organization points to a litany of spills, explosions, and other mishaps involving Kinder Morgan, the parent of the company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The 15-page report, …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reschedules public meetings about project to later this month, February

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rescheduled a series of “open house” public meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct project, with one of the sessions planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The meetings will include no formal presentation about …

Lawyer representing Deerfield Board of Health raises questions about destination of natural gas that would flow through controversial pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England through the pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. is for export, that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders, according to the lawyer representing the Board of Health. …

Pipeline presentation in Cummington draws strong turnout

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Strong turnout on Saturday afternoon for a presentation on a planned natural gas pipeline in the region prompted organizers to offer a second showing. Hosted by members of No Fracked Gas in Mass, the event featured a short documentary film created by Plainfield resident Steve Wicks, …

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 …