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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 …

This week's municipal meetings in your town

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Dickinson Local Historic District Commission, 3 p.m., Town Hall; Select Board, 6:55 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Buildings and Facilities Committee, 1 p.m., Jones Library; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m. Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 7 p.m., both at ARHS; …

Northampton latest community to consider opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline through western Massachusetts

Monday, May 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton is joining the chorus of regional voices raising concerns about a new natural gas pipeline that would stretch through the northern reaches of western and central Massachusetts. Though the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline is not …

Plainfield voters approve $1.8 million budget, ban fracked gas pipeline

Sunday, May 4, 2014

PLAINFIELD — Voters Saturday approved a $1,819,555 budget for the 2015 fiscal year and easily passed a non-binding resolution to ban natural gas pipelines from passing through their town. Several towns in the region have passed similar resolutions …

Plainfield voters to take up school repairs, $1.8 million budget, ‘fracked-gas’ measure

Thursday, May 1, 2014

PLAINFIELD — Town Meeting voters Saturday will consider a $1.8 million operating budget for next year that includes $590,950 for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and $196,029 for vocational education. Residents also will be asked to approve two capital items related to school needs. The annual Town …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Dickinson Local Historic District commission, 3 p.m., Town Hall; Housing Authority-Board of Commissioners annual meeting, 4:30 p.m., 33 Kellogg Ave.; Select Board, 6 p.m., Finance Committee, 6:15 p.m., both at ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10:30 a.m., Library; Joint Amherst, Pelham and Regional …

Communities await state Department of Public Utilities ruling on municipal aggregation to buy electricity

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thirty-six western Massachusetts communities, including 14 in Hampshire County, are waiting to hear if the state government will allow them to buy electricity as a group, presumably for a savings. Several dozen town officials, area legislators and others testified earlier this month in Northampton before the state Department …

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield turns out in force to hear about gas pipeline

Friday, April 25, 2014

It was standing room only at Tuesday night’s Select Board meeting as over 100 residents packed the Town Hall to hear a presentation by representatives of Kinder Morgan, the company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would potentially run through Plainfield. “We knew a lot of people had …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Regional Agreement Working Group: School Location Subcommittee, 5:30 p.m., Leverett Town Hall TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Buildings and Facilities Committee, 11 a.m., Library; Select Board, 6:30 p.m. Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Conservation Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall Belchertown TUESDAY: School Committee, 6:30 p.m., Finance Committee, Select …

Out-of-control brush fire damages house on East Street in Goshen

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOSHEN — A small brush fire that had been started to destroy weeds at a home at 665 East St. quickly got out of control Thursday afternoon and flames began to burn the siding of the house. Before the fire was extinguished it caused an estimated $15,000 in …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Regional Agreement Working Group: Education Subcommittee, 8:30 a.m., Policy Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., both at ARMS; Public Art Commission, 10:30 a.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Buildings and Facilities Committee, 1 p.m., Library; Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m. …