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Trust funds give a boost to Williamsburg causes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Town residents have long believed in a tradition of leaving money to the town in the form of trust funds earmarked for a host of causes — from the town library, clocks and cemeteries, to parents with newborns, students and those in need of medical or financial assistance. “We have had some very generous benefactors over the years,” Town Clerk Brenda Lessard said. “Having extra money and deciding to leave …

Residents group files suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, asks the government to halt all activity of any federal agency related to …

FERC urged to slow down pipeline process at packed hearing in Greenfield

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. Calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone the scoping process that will guide the project’s planned environmental impact statement were the region’s entire …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline seeks to buy 242 acres in Northfield for 80,000-horsepower compressor station

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Criticized by Congressman James McGovern and Northfield town officials for being slow to identify the site of its planned 80,000-horsepower compressor station, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has now released details about the location of the site. The map released last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory …

Franklin Council of Governments helps towns prepare for federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What questions does the upcoming environmental impact review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project through western Massachusetts need to answer? The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is making a list on behalf of the towns that the proposed $5 billion project would pass through to get ready for …

Solarize Mass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland selects photovoltaic panel installer

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Solarize Mass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland partnership now has a solar photovoltaic panel installer and about 300 residents who are interested in bringing solar-generated power into their homes. These and others from the three towns will be able to learn more about incentives for buying a photovoltaic system through this …

State rejects petitions for full intervenor status filed by state Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has rejected petitions seeking full intervenor status filed by Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project through Franklin County. The case involves the Berkshire Gas Co. contract to buy natural gas transported by the pipeline. Both …

Hilltown Voices: Emily Dickinson scholar to read from new book at Meekins Library in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Susan Snively, poet, essayist, screenwriter and scholar of the life and works of Emily Dickinson, will reading from her new novel entitled “The Heart Has Many Doors” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. The reading is part of the library’s series “Lives of the …

Gov. Charlie Baker says Yankee Candle ‘a success story I’d like to replicate all over the place’

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a tour of the Pioneer Valley, Baker …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik tells DPU that Berkshire Gas should consider alternatives to pipeline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOSTON — State Rep. Stephen Kulik argued before Boston regulators this week that Berkshire Gas Co. should consider alternatives to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., including replacement of older, inefficient gas furnaces, repair of Berkshire Gas’s leaks and supporting efforts to better insulate every home, business, factory and public …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg Fire Department gets new protective gear

Saturday, May 23, 2015

With the help of a $10,500 grant from the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, six more Williamsburg volunteer firefighters are now better protected with up-to-date turnout gear. The personal protective equipment consists of a turnout coat, pants, helmet, boots, …