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Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Common in Athol. The common purpose of the international marches are to push …

Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at …

Fire destroys barn at Plainfield’s Earthdance Creative Living

Monday, November 23, 2015

PLAINFIELD — A Monday morning fire destroyed a barn on the grounds of Earthdance Creative Living. Firefighters were called to the 252 Prospect St. property shortly before 7 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief David Alvord. The barn — located about 60 feet from the main building at the artist-run workshop and retreat center — was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. …

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approves long-term contracts for Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland has 46 contracts signed by homeowners

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A total of 46 homeowners in the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland partnership have signed contracts for solar panel systems with the potential to generate a total of 317 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic electricity. This is an average of 6.9 kW per household, above the statewide Solarize Mass average of 6.5 …

Pipeline opponents concerned about bill in state Legislature seeking easement on part of Otis State Forest

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Massachusetts House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Plainfield in Hampshire County …

UMass assessment suggests varying impact of pipeline construction on natural resources

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in some cases may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a Natural Resource Assessment report, …

Hilltown Voices: Berkshire Bank closes branch in Haydenville, Dunkin’ Donuts expected to move into Main Street space

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Berkshire Bank closed its branch at 142 Main St. in Haydenville on July 31, but the location apparently will not remain vacant for long because Dunkin’ Donuts plans to move there, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Elizabeth Mach, vice president of marketing at Berkshire Bank, said the …

Opponents again dominate pipeline hearing before state Energy Facilities Siting Board

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. again dominated a public hearing Wednesday night — this one a session before the state Energy Facilities Siting Board that included several adamant declarations that no pipeline will be built here. Many …

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. …