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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 and is offering a good selection of blueberries still ready for picking. “I would say that if people can come before Labor Day, they will be guaranteed a fair quantity of blueberries,” Roberts said on Thursday afternoon after showing his fields. “Towards the end of the season there is also a more universal sweetness to the berries.” The destructive fly in question is the Spotted Wing Drosophila …

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 fires in two locations. A resident was able to use fire extinguishers to contain the …

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 being on the School Committee. We’ve had good discussions, good debates. I’ve been on the …

‘No smoking gun’ in UMass natural resources assessment of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A detailed report on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through western Massachusetts points to its impact on protected open space dedicated to agriculture and conservation, and especially on Franklin County’s primary habitat for rare species habitat, wetlands wildlife habitat and communities of biodiversity. If there is anything …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing files legislation to promote clean energy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A state Senate bill encouraging utilities to adopt policies that incorporate energy storage systems to make more efficient use of solar, wind and other renewable sources is one of several initiatives by Sen. Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield to reshape the state’s energy future and keep its position as …

Hilltown Voices: Retirement party for Chesterfield highway superintendent, fishing derby in Plainfield, colonial hearth cooking in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 9, 2015

There will be a retirement party from 2 to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Chesterfield Community Center at 400 Main Road for Ed Dahill. He retired as Chesterfield highway superintendent last June after serving in the position for 26 years. All are welcome at the party hosted …

Plainfield voters approve $1.9M budget, OK WiredWest, re-elect Dennis Mimitz to Select Board

Sunday, May 3, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Voters on Saturday afternoon approved a $1,904,978 budget which included $657,000 for the Mohawk Regional School District, $178,000 for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School and $90,000 for school transportation. “All the budget items passed very easily this year,” said Finance Committee member Robert Persing. In …

Berkshire Gas spokesman apologizes for referring to pipeline opponents as engaging in ‘ecoterrorism’

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ecoterrorism? The term used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they have never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing receives several honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April was a good month for state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who achieved several honors. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional …

Plainfield voters to consider budget increase of 7.7 percent, settle contest for Select Board

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Voters Saturday will consider a $1.9 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, decide whether to authorize the town to pursue broadband Internet service through Wired West and settle a contested race for Select Board. The annual Town meeting begins at 1 p.m. in …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but …

Hilltown Voices: Goshen Meltdown ends, organizer to take frigid plunge into Hammond Pond

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The 11th annual Goshen Meltdown is over, but organizer Bob Labrie has one last thing to do before officially wrapping things up for this year. This Sunday, Labrie, a captain in the Goshen Fire Department, will live up to his spur-of the-moment challenge to hurl himself into the …

Forums planned in Greenfield and Turners Falls on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two forums on the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and communities. To mark Earth Day, the Greenfield Community College Green Campus Committee will …