Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — Berkshire Gas Co. has expanded the moratorium on new customers to include Sunderland, citing constraints on the capacity of natural gas pipelines to supply the region. The company’s first moratorium in December applied to Greenfield, Deerfield, Whately and Montague in Franklin County. The new moratorium will … 2

Pioneer announces superintendent candidates

NORTHFIELD — After a closed-door search, three finalists for superintendent of Pioneer Valley Regional School District have emerged. All are New England educators with decades of experience. One will replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Francis Baran is the superintendent of the Woodstock, Conn., public schools. Baran has been … 0

Frontier towns support long-range planning

SUNDERLAND — The four towns of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts support spending money on a study that would look at how town offices and school space could be consolidated to save money. During a … 0

Conway bylaw proposals slated for town meeting

CONWAY — Conway’s Planning Board has proposed a scaled-down version of the zoning bylaw revisions it brought before town meeting last year, hoping to address a few outstanding issues regarding large-scale solar installations and roadside debris. Chairman Joe … 0

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  • Bruce Stetson of Stetson Mill Work in Shelburne installs a door closer on the door he restored at the Shelburne Free Public Library in Shelburne Center.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bruce Stetson of Stetson Mill Work in Shelburne installs a door closer on the door he restored at the Shelburne Free Public Library in Shelburne Center. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bo and Bill, German Sport Ponies, pull Peter Bravmann and Roger Kasbo up Shelburne Falls Rd in Conway on Thursday. The dog is Lady. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bo and Bill, German Sport Ponies, pull Peter Bravmann and Roger Kasbo up Shelburne Falls Rd in Conway on Thursday. The dog is Lady. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fifth Grade students at the Northfield Elementary School were treated to a little historical theater by the Freedon Trail 
Foundation.  Tim Hoover and Aimee Rose Ranger played several historical and hysterical figures and involved the students in their rendition of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War in Boston.   Recorder/Paul Franz

    Fifth Grade students at the Northfield Elementary School were treated to a little historical theater by the Freedon Trail Foundation. Tim Hoover and Aimee Rose Ranger played several historical and hysterical figures and involved the students in their rendition of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War in Boston. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

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Another sign of spring, a little brown bat hangs on the brick of a Greenfield building a few inches from a crevice between buildings. It may have emerged from with the warm weather.

    Recorder/Paul Franz Another sign of spring, a little brown bat hangs on the brick of a Greenfield building a few inches from a crevice between buildings. It may have emerged from with the warm weather. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Tamara Grogan, a French teacher at Greenfield High School pauses while clearing snow off of the tennis courts while the boys tennis team practices on the other side Tuesday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Tamara Grogan, a French teacher at Greenfield High School pauses while clearing snow off of the tennis courts while the boys tennis team practices on the other side Tuesday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cameron Tucker of Turners Falls sets a tip up while ice fishing at Barton Cove in Gill Monday March 23. Tucker, who is hoping for Walleye and Pike began fishing at 5 a.m. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Cameron Tucker of Turners Falls sets a tip up while ice fishing at Barton Cove in Gill Monday March 23. Tucker, who is hoping for Walleye and Pike began fishing at 5 a.m. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sculptures welcome those visiting the Just Roots Farm and Camp Kewannee in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Sculptures welcome those visiting the Just Roots Farm and Camp Kewannee in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Spring has sprung at 26 Hartwell St. in Bernardston
photo courtesy of Donna Newton

    Spring has sprung at 26 Hartwell St. in Bernardston photo courtesy of Donna Newton

  • Bill Wall of Buckland loads the evaporator while John Stevens checks the consistency of the boiling maple sap at Gould's Sugar House in Shelburne on the first day of boiling this year. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bill Wall of Buckland loads the evaporator while John Stevens checks the consistency of the boiling maple sap at Gould's Sugar House in Shelburne on the first day of boiling this year. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Beckwith, 4, and her brother Sean, 6, of Leyden sled down a hill near Ashfield Lake on Sunday, March 8, while their father (not shown) ice fishes. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Sarah Beckwith, 4, and her brother Sean, 6, of Leyden sled down a hill near Ashfield Lake on Sunday, March 8, while their father (not shown) ice fishes. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Not a bad view from this horse's vantage point in Buckland. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Not a bad view from this horse's vantage point in Buckland. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Peace walkers start out down Cave Hill Rd in Leverett after leaving the Peace Pagoda Friday morning.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Peace walkers start out down Cave Hill Rd in Leverett after leaving the Peace Pagoda Friday morning. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

Their company was recently purchased by Spanish giant Iberdrola. Prior to that, it spent 20 million in a failed attempt to purchase...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

This is obscene. Tearing up five square miles of MA pristine conservation and private land, forcing neighborhoods to live in incineration zones...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland