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Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back and is offering a good selection of blueberries still ready for picking. “I would say that if people can come before Labor Day, they will be guaranteed a fair quantity of blueberries,” Roberts said on Thursday afternoon after showing his fields. “Towards the end of the season there is also a more universal sweetness to the berries.” The destructive fly in question is the Spotted Wing Drosophila …

Lightning strike causes two small fires in Plainfield home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Minor damage was reported in two small fires sparked by a lightning strike at a Summit Street home Tuesday morning. The house, at 92 Summit St., caught fire after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through a wire fence and into the building, starting small fires in two locations. A resident was able to use fire extinguishers to contain the …

Robert Aeschback of Plainfield resigns as Mohawk School Committee chairman

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams in September,” he explained before adjourning the meeting. “I’ve enjoyed being on the School Committee. We’ve had good discussions, good debates. I’ve been on the …

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, …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …