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Competing pipeline plan would use existing routes

There’s another pipeline project being proposed through New England, but this one would travel along existing pipeline routes. Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. have announced plans to expand natural gas access to New England and to end bottlenecks that have driven up prices when demand spikes in … 0

Kinder Morgan begins FERC filing process

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 miles between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, north of Lowell, … 0

Towns to legislators: Tax-exempt land unfair hit in western Mass.

HAWLEY ­­— It wasn’t just Hawley’s loss of $172 per year in tax dollars for 120 acres of forest in a state Supreme Judicial Court decision that sparked Tuesday’s meeting with state legislators, but a request for legislation to protect rural, tax-poor towns from being drained of too … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The … 0

  • A portion of the final photo montage created for the current "Chair Dreams" exhibit at the Deerfield Arts Bank on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield. The photos by local photographer Anne Taylor depict members of the community and their favorite chairs. The show is up through Oct. 31, openTuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday and Sundays 12 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays 12 to 8 p.m. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A portion of the final photo montage created for the current "Chair Dreams" exhibit at the Deerfield Arts Bank on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield. The photos by local photographer Anne Taylor depict members of the community and their favorite chairs. The show is up through Oct. 31, openTuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday and Sundays 12 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays 12 to 8 p.m. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Joseph Strahan, 9, pins the fire chief’s badge on his father, Robert Strahan, who was officially sworn in as Greenfield’s fire chief on Monday at the Ocean Grill.  
Recorder/Paul Franz

    Joseph Strahan, 9, pins the fire chief’s badge on his father, Robert Strahan, who was officially sworn in as Greenfield’s fire chief on Monday at the Ocean Grill. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Benjamin Newman of New York City wipes away sweat as he attempts to taste samples of hot sauce at the Chili Fest at Mike's Maze in Sunderland on Sunday. Some participants are true chili heads looking for heat and some found the heat overwhelming.
photo courtesy of Geoff Bluh

    Benjamin Newman of New York City wipes away sweat as he attempts to taste samples of hot sauce at the Chili Fest at Mike's Maze in Sunderland on Sunday. Some participants are true chili heads looking for heat and some found the heat overwhelming. photo courtesy of Geoff Bluh

  • Malachi Putnam, 6, helps screw down beams for the new barn behind Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Saturday. Volunteers will finish off the barn and a new greenhouse over the next two Saturdays.Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Malachi Putnam, 6, helps screw down beams for the new barn behind Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Saturday. Volunteers will finish off the barn and a new greenhouse over the next two Saturdays.Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stephen Bechtel, a sixth grade teacher at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School, helps Eric Dean, an active volunteer within the community, screw down supports for the new barn behind the elementary school on Saturday. It, along with a new greenhouse, will be completed over the next two Saturdays. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Stephen Bechtel, a sixth grade teacher at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School, helps Eric Dean, an active volunteer within the community, screw down supports for the new barn behind the elementary school on Saturday. It, along with a new greenhouse, will be completed over the next two Saturdays. Recorder/Micky Bedell

  • John Kelly of Greenfield, takes in the sunset from Poet’s Seat, 7:31 p.m. on Thursday.
photo courtesy of Josianna Martini

    John Kelly of Greenfield, takes in the sunset from Poet’s Seat, 7:31 p.m. on Thursday. photo courtesy of Josianna Martini

  • This trotter works with its tongue hanging out as the driver takes it for loops around the Franklin County Fairgrounds track on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    This trotter works with its tongue hanging out as the driver takes it for loops around the Franklin County Fairgrounds track on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • The section of Federal St from Main to Lenards Sts was milled for repaving on Thursday morning.Recorder/Paul Franz

    The section of Federal St from Main to Lenards Sts was milled for repaving on Thursday morning.Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A man fishes in Barton Cove on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A man fishes in Barton Cove on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A draft horse team pulls at the 2014 Franklin County Fair.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A draft horse team pulls at the 2014 Franklin County Fair. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bees swarm on Main St in Greenfield on Friday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bees swarm on Main St in Greenfield on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bernie Johnson of the Greenfield DPW fills wtaering bags for new trees planted along Olive St in Greenfield following sidewalk reconstruction.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bernie Johnson of the Greenfield DPW fills wtaering bags for new trees planted along Olive St in Greenfield following sidewalk reconstruction. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »