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A Plainfield firefighter holds the newly acquired Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera. The compact heat-sensing device is used to detect unseen fire within walls and to help locate missing people in the dark.

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association buys new thermal imager

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association has purchased a new thermal imaging camera for the Plainfield Fire Department. The new Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera cost the association $9,500. The Fire Department’s previous imaging camera had been purchased with funds from a state grant that was offered to all fire departments in the state after six firefighters lost their lives battling a fire in an abandoned warehouse in Worcester in December of 1999. Because Plainfield’s imager was over 10 years old, with an unreliable battery life and aging technology, the Plainfield fire association conducted a fund drive to purchase a new unit. “The addition of this important …

Environmental groups respond to latest impact report filed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, March 20, 2015

While Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s draft environmental impact report for its Northeast Energy Direct project is being reviewed by area groups and communities along the 430-mile-long path, groups have been responding to the proposal in general — especially environmental organizations battling the proposed roughly $5 billion project. Northeast Energy Solutions, a coalition of land-trust organizations in the region including Franklin Land Trust and the …

Hilltown Voices: Unnamed donor boosts Plainfield Congregational Church scholarship fund

Saturday, March 14, 2015

For five years, Plainfield Congregational Church has offered scholarships to high school seniors looking ahead to college or vocational school. For two years running, the fund has received a strong boost from what scholarship program board member Alice Schertle called a “generous unnamed benefactor.” Schertle said that this is the second year that the person has promised to match the donations to the …

If you don’t like valley weather, drive a few miles to Hilltowns

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PLAINFIELD — The adage “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes,” has a variation for the Hilltowns which goes something like “If you don’t like the weather here, just drive …

Tennessee Gas to file revised preferred route for pipeline into New Hampshire

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is shifting its preferred pipeline route through Franklin County into southern New Hampshire as part of a move to avoid restricted state-owned land and to increase the proportion that runs along power line rights-of-way, company officials announced Friday. The company plans to file …

Addition, other improvements nearly complete to Plainfield Congregational Church

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Improvements to the Plainfield Congregational Church are nearly complete. Built in 1846, the church had seen better days. Dudley Williams, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the new addition and upgrades to the church will be completed …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline promises to ‘make whole’ farmers who sign agreements

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — Farmers who sign agreements with Tennessee Gas Pipeline granting easements for the company’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project will be “made whole,” according to the company. But, during the annual meeting Thursday of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, they also were cautioned to understand all the …

Tennessee Gas dismisses effort by Deerfield to ban pipeline as ‘nullity’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town’s battle to prevent a proposed natural gas pipeline from passing within its limits continues to heat up, with Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., firing back against an October decision by the Deerfield Board of Health to ban activities related …

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 …