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FRAN RYAN
Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, puts the final touches on one of his latest projects. He will sell his work at the arts and crafts show at the Haydenville Congregational Church on Nov. 29.

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 those who show their work at local arts and craft shows. Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, is passionate about his art and …

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 Route” and “Article 97 co-location Route Alternative” describe conservation lands protected under the Massachusetts Constitution, …

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 each of the county’s towns voted Thursday to dissolve the existing districts and form a …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves streamlined review of proposed gas pipeline

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to use an expedited “pre-filing” process for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. That prompted an immediate letter from U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, expressing his “extreme disappointment” in the decision and the …

Massachusets environmental secretary raises concerns about path of proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Friday, September 19, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through …

Plainfield joins with Ashfield and Buckland to offer Solarize Massachusetts program

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland are forming a consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Massachusetts, and the Clean Energy Center has announced two new rounds of funding grants, …

Plainfield’s 44th annual firefighters barbecue Sunday

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PLAINFIELD — Tickets are going fast as the Plainfield Fire Department gears up for the 44th annual firefighters barbecue, the town’s biggest event of the year. “We are encouraging people not to wait to get their tickets at the door because there may not be any left,” Assistant …

Hilltown Voices

Friday, July 11, 2014

An energetic group of environmental activists is taking to the roads of western Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline proposed to run from Richmond, New York to Dracut, including towns in Franklin County and Plainfield. …

Review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project rescheduled to July 24 at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what Tennessee Gas Pipeline now calls its Northeast Energy Direct project was …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline project would include compressor station

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The natural gas pipeline project that would pass through Plainfield in Hampshire County and nine Franklin County towns also includes a barn-sized compressor station to maintain pressure on the line. The pumping station, which a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. map of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project shows …

Legislators raise questions about state officials participating in closed-door meetings on natural gas pipeline development

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The report last week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising eyebrows — and further questions — among some area lawmakers. …

Experts say allowing gas pipeline on property could be technical violation of some mortgage agreements

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Local experts who are investigating the legal ramifications of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposal for its Northeast Expansion project say allowing a gas pipeline on your property could put you at risk of technically violating your mortgage agreement. A provision in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Library; Town Meeting Coordinating Committee, 3 p.m., Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m., both at Town Hall; School Committee, 7 p.m., ARHS WEDNESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10 a.m., Library; Personnel Board, 2 p.m., Planning …