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Mass. Department of Energy Resources argues in favor of Berkshire Gas pipeline contract at DPU hearing

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER argued that the company’s contract with TGP was consistent with its portfolio standards, that it compares favorably with a range of alternatives, … 0

Could be another six to 12 months before Greenfield big box project moves forward

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Almost four years and three months after a Connecticut developer was given the “go-ahead” to build a big box discount department store on … 0

Despite calls for delay, FERC hearing set for Wednesday night

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report … 0

Pipeline opponents plan rally

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Stop the Pipeline Rally is being organized to precede Wednesday’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission public hearing at Greenfield Middle School. The 5:15 p.m. rally aims to bring together citizens who oppose the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project before the start of the 6:30 p.m. … 0

Bystanders rescue officer from sinkhole

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Police Department on Monday publicly thanked two Barton Road neighbors who saved an officer from a water-filled sinkhole created when a car struck a fire hydrant. A statement released by the department on social … 0

Western Mass. reactions to Boston Olympic bid drop

Monday, July 27, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday to learn that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, … 0

Low rivers cause water limits for Shelburne Falls residents

Monday, July 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Effective immediately the Shelburne Falls Fire District is imposing mandatory restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., due to flow conditions in the North River adjacent to two wells. When the U.S.G.S. stream-flow sensor drops below 44.5 cubic feet per … 0

Police: Greenfield man arrested after aiming toy gun at child in park

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Reports of a gun pointed at a child brought Greenfield Police to the area of the Energy Park Monday, where they found a man with a toy pistol. Greenfield Police received reports at 12:55 p.m. that a man had shown a gun and pointed it at … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Greenfield man faces several drug charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man faces drug charges after police say they found a variety of narcotics on him while executing a search warrant. Jason Byrd, 36, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Monday to charges of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute for … 0

Chinese teens have summer fun at Mohawk

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Eighteen Chinese high- and middle-school students began their third day at the Mohawk Trail Regional School by learning to dance the Macarena, followed up with “The Chicken Dance.” It was taught to them, as an ice-breaker, … 0

Western Mass. Terrorism Task Force works daily to foil suspected plots

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police … 0

UMass researchers study climate change awareness

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions conducted, researchers writing in Nature Climate Change today report the first global assessment of factors underlying climate change awareness and risk perception. They say results indicate that to be most effective, climate-related messages must be … 0