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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 about nine state wildlife management areas, four wildlife conservation easements, more than 19 miles of state-managed Conservation and Recreation as well as …

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, according to Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter. Walter said the newly formed consortium will …

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 Fire Chief David Alvord said. The feast begins at 1 p.m. Sunday with a menu …

Frontier, Mohawk regional school districts explore alternate uses for unused school space

Monday, March 10, 2014

With dwindling enrollments, both the Frontier and Mohawk Trail regional school districts are exploring possible town use of unused school space as a way to offset operating costs. State law allows alternate uses, but with conditions. Mohawk has …


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Public Art Commission, 10:30 a.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Disability Access Advisory Committee, 11:30 a.m., Stavros; Jones Library Inc., Buildings and Facilities Committee, 1 p.m., Jones Library; Public Shade Tree Committee, 4 p.m., agricultural Commission, 7 p.m., both at Town Hall; Town Gown Steering Committee, 5 p.m., …

Area meetings

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Board of Registrars, 2:30 p.m.; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., both at Town Hall TUESDAY: Town Gown Steering Committee, 4 p.m., Campus Center, UMass WEDNESDAY: Hampshire County Retirement Board, 9 a.m., 99 Industrial Drive; Board of Assessors, 5 p.m., Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m. and 6:30 …

Meetings planned in Hatfield and Cummington on Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Friday, February 28, 2014

Two meetings are planned this week in Hampshire County by groups already raising concerns about a proposed natural gas pipeline through Berkshire and Franklin counties. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plans the pipeline from the Marcellus shale fields in western Pennsylvania to eastern Massachusetts to feed the growing … 2

Plainfield Police Chief David Wood retires; assistant chief Stacey Magdycz named as interim

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

PLAINFIELD — After six years in charge of the Plainfield Police Department, David Wood retired as chief this month and was replaced by a lifelong town resident and nine-year member of the department. the Select Board on Feb. 11 appointed assistant chief Stacey Magdycz as interim chief. Select …

‘Snowshoe shenanigans’ on tap Sunday in Hilltowns

Saturday, February 22, 2014

In celebration of winter and the great outdoors, the Hilltown Land Trust teamed up with The Trustees of Reservations to sponsor the Hilltown Snowshoe Shenanigans Snowshoe Race and Winter Celebration Sunday. “This is something that has been percolating with the members of our outreach committee for some time,” …

Area meetings

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TUESDAY: Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m., Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Personnel Board, 9 a.m.; Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m.; Planning Board, 7:30 p.m., all at Town Hall THURSDAY: Human Rights Commission, 6:30 p.m., Bangs Community Center Belchertown TUESDAY: Agricultural Committee, Finance Committee, both at 7 …

Small businesses find a niche market in the Hilltowns

Monday, February 10, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — From specialty auto repair shops and stone masonry to homegrown cooking classes, many businesses have found their niche markets in the Hilltowns. “Most of the businesses in the Hilltowns started small and many were, and are, …


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Public Art Commission, 10 a.m.; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., both at Town Hall TUESDAY: Jones Library Budget Committee, 1:30 p.m., Library; Rental Bylaw Implementation Group, 3 p.m.; Public Shade Tree Committee, 4 p.m.; Agricultural Commission, 7 p.m., all at Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Transportation Plan Task Force, …

Area meetings

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TUESDAY: School Committee, 7 p.m., Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Personnel Board, 9 a.m., Town Hall THURSDAY: Recycling and Refuse Management Committee, 4 p.m., Public Works Meeting Room; Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall Belchertown TODAY: Fair Committee, 7:15 p.m., Freedom Hall; Board of Health, 7:30 p.m., …