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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 …

Plainfield Fire Department gets refurbished brush truck

Friday, June 13, 2014

After months of planning, the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department has replaced an aging vehicle with a refurbished brush truck, paid for with federal dollars at no cost to the town. The town’s 1953 Dodge had been acquired by …

Plainfield hopes to form consortium with Ashfield and Buckland to save money on solar installations

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ASHFIELD — Plainfield and Ashfield hope to form a three-town consortium with Buckland with the aim of saving homeowners money on residential solar-panel installations. Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter recently attended an Ashfield Select Board meeting to explain a state program, Solarize Mass, that encourages the switch …

Area meetings list for the week of June 8

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Policy Subcommittee of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., ARMS; Select Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 4 p.m., Agricultural Commission, 7 p.m., both at Town Hall; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m., Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, …

Dozens lose power in Hilltowns, hundreds in Berkshire County

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than 50 residents in western Hampshire County and over 350 in Berkshire County lost power Tuesday night as a result of a storm. According to the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. website, 33 customers lost power in Cummington, as well as 16 in Plainfield and three …

Municipal meetings for the week of June 1

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Select Board, 6 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: Board of Assessors, 5 p.m., Planning Board, 7:05 p.m., both at Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Mount Holyoke Range Advisory Committee, 6 p.m., Notch Visitors Center Belchertown TODAY: Fair Committee, 7:15, Freedom Hall; Board of Health, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Board …

Memorial Day commemorations listed for Sunday and Monday

Friday, May 23, 2014

Here is a list of the Memorial Day commemorations planned in the area for Sunday and Monday.  AMHERST — Parade MONDAY beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Amherst Common and proceeding to War Memorial on Triangle Street for …

Memorial Day commemorations listed for Sunday and Monday

Friday, May 23, 2014

Here is a list of the Memorial Day commemorations planned in the area for Sunday and Monday.  AMHERST — Parade MONDAY beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Amherst Common and proceeding to War Memorial on Triangle Street for …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Housing Authority - Board of Commissioners, 4:30 p.m., 33 Kellogg Ave.; School Location Subcommittee of the Regional Agreement Working Group, 5:30 p.m., Leverett Town Hall; Finance Committee, Select Board, both at 6 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Jones Library; Public …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline opposed by more than 100 protesters in Greenfield

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — “Keep your fracking gas out of Mass.” The slogans on protesters’ signs summed up their feelings toward the proposed 179-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion, which would cut a swath across nine Franklin County towns, as well as Plainfield in Hampshire County, on its way from Wright, …

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline plan rally in Greenfield despite postponement of meeting

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Organizers said a rally against the planned natural gas pipeline will be held Thursday afternoon, despite postponement of a regional informational meeting that was originally scheduled to follow. The 5 p.m. gathering on the Greenfield Town Common is organized by a consortium of groups opposed to …