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COURTESY LARRY HOLMBERG
Williamsburg firefighter Bryan Joyce tries on his new turnout gear Monday at the fire station.

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, gloves, and a hood. On Monday, Larry Holmberg of the state association, Town Administrator Charlene Nardi, Select Board member Denise Banister, volunteer firefighters and Peter Cavalieri, from Firematic Supply Co., gathered at the Williamsburg fire station at 5 Main St. to check out the new equipment. Each set of safety gear typically costs a volunteer fire department roughly $2,000 to $2,500. The state association was able to …

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 an affiliate of Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network in its formal filing for intervenor status in …

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 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, McGovern and attorneys for a coalition of environmental groups …

Tennessee Gas to file revised preferred route for pipeline into New Hampshire

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is shifting its preferred pipeline route through Franklin County into southern New Hampshire as part of a move to avoid restricted state-owned land and to increase the proportion that runs along power line rights-of-way, company officials announced Friday. The company plans to file …

Addition, other improvements nearly complete to Plainfield Congregational Church

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Improvements to the Plainfield Congregational Church are nearly complete. Built in 1846, the church had seen better days. Dudley Williams, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the new addition and upgrades to the church will be completed …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline promises to ‘make whole’ farmers who sign agreements

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — Farmers who sign agreements with Tennessee Gas Pipeline granting easements for the company’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project will be “made whole,” according to the company. But, during the annual meeting Thursday of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, they also were cautioned to understand all the …

Tennessee Gas dismisses effort by Deerfield to ban pipeline as ‘nullity’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town’s battle to prevent a proposed natural gas pipeline from passing within its limits continues to heat up, with Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., firing back against an October decision by the Deerfield Board of Health to ban activities related …

Kinder Morgan executives contributed to campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Five top executives of Kinder Morgan — the Houston-based corporation that hopes to build a pipeline through Massachusetts — each made the maximum allowable personal contributions to the campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, according to state campaign finance records. The $500 contributions — all made on Election Day, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Future of Hilltown farms topic for Monday meeting

Friday, November 14, 2014

Farmers, residents, and businesses in the Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on the future of farming in the Hilltowns. The “community kick-off” event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cummington Community House. The Hilltown Community …

UMass reviews environmental impact of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, November 10, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is reviewing the state’s environmental resources that could be affected by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed 128-mile route across the state. The university’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a series of reports beginning this month that will put the …