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COURTESY HANNAH LABRIE
Bob Labrie stands on the ice of Hammond Pond after setting up the 2015 "Goshen Meltdown" flag. The 69-pound block is attached to an electric clock in a nearby shed. When the ice breaks and the flag sinks, it pulls the plug on the clock, recording the precise time.

Hilltown Voices: ‘Goshen Meltdown’ begins, Highland Ambulance to get half of the proceeds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With temperatures in the single digits, and 3 feet of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. One event that signals warmer weather ahead, however, is the annual “Goshen Meltdown.” This year is the 11th annual contest in which people buy tickets to guess when the ice on Hammond Pond will …

National Grid joins Eversource Energy as developer of Access Northeast project to increase natural gas supply

Thursday, February 19, 2015

National Grid is joining the former Northeast Utilities in a $3 billion project to bring an additional 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to the region for electricity generation. Eversource Energy — formerly Northeast Utilities — and Houston-based Spectra Energy on Wednesday helped announce that National Grid was joining as a co-developer of the Access Northeast project, which they say …

Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, youngest ever to win Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club ice-fishing derby

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Every year the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club sponsors an ice-fishing derby in February. A surprising first in the 22nd event Feb. 8 left many seasoned fishermen dumbfounded. Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, who landed the winning 3-pound bass, was the youngest competitor ever to take home the derby’s grand prize, in this …

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 …

UMass reviews environmental impact of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, November 10, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is reviewing the state’s environmental resources that could be affected by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed 128-mile route across the state. The university’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a series of reports beginning this month that will put the …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline postpones meetings on project until after the holidays

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has postponed its series of open house meetings for its Northeast Energy Direct proposal, some of which had been scheduled for early December in Orange, Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, to give the public and officials more time to review its plans filed Wednesday …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline environmental report rejects alternate routes

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed sections of its draft environmental report Wednesday for its Northeast Energy Direct project, rejecting alternatives that would send the pipeline along Route 2, the Massachusetts Turnpike or southern New Hampshire instead of its preferred path through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns. …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Hilltown CROP Hunger Walk involves more than 100 people who raise $11,831

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Residents of several communities were out in force last Sunday for the 27th annual Hilltown CROP Hunger Walk, raising a total of $11,831. Participants included walkers from Ashfield, Haydenville, Huntington, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington, as well as others from Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton. Organizer Jean York of the …