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In Turners Falls, Pocumtuck Homelands Festival connects younger generations with ancient traditions, ethics

Saturday, August 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The thump of handmade drums, the whistle of a wooden flute and the chants of Native American singers could be heard throughout the second annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. Dressed in traditional indigenous attire — from the headdresses lined with feathers to the hand-sewn moccasins covering their feet — descendents of Native American tribes came together to celebrate … 0

Concerned citizens to stand every week against project

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHFIELD — “Blockadia” is the term Gulf Road resident Judy Wolter used to describe the protesters who come every week to stand on Jere Nelson’s … 0

Berkshire Gas owner buys 2.5% interest in pipeline

Friday, July 31, 2015

UIL Holdings Corp, owner of Berkshire Gas Co., has announced that it will invest in the Northeast Energy Direct project that would provide natural gas … 1

Vt. Yankee decommissioning challenged by state

Friday, July 31, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. —The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don’t always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jacksonville Road repaving done in Colrain COLRAIN — Roadwork and repaving has been completed along Jacksonville Road, from the Vermont border to the Colrain Central School, according to Town Coordinator Kevin Fox. Peter Hillman of Colrain, a former Shelburne highway superintendent, served as clerk of the works for … 0

Gill office closings

Friday, July 31, 2015

GILL — The Town Clerk and Board of Assessors offices will be closed the week of Aug. 3 to 6. They will reopen Aug. 10 for normal business hours. … 0

Crowd seeks access on TransCanada path in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — On a sweltering night, when a cooling walk along the waters of the TransCanada forebay would have been just the ticket, about 45 residents sat in a stuffy meeting room, asking TransCanada officials to let … 0

Area residents file federal suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court in Springfield. The … 0

Nashs Mill bridge fix could take up to a decade

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Nashs Mill bridge over the Green River has been accepted into the state’s Transportation Improvement Program, but that means it could be a decade before it’s replaced, so the town is still looking at other … 0

Colrain pastor: Who was Jesus?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Millions of people have heard about Jesus Christ, but why did He come? Well, He tells us in (Matt 18:11): “The Son of man is come to seek and save that which is lost.” Before I became a … 0

Pipeline official grapples with criticism of project

Thursday, July 30, 2015

As hundreds of area residents sweltered Wednesday night in the Greenfield Middle School auditorium, many of them railing against Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, company spokesman Allen Fore tried to keep his cool in a … 1

Three vie for Sunderland administrator job

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Collaboration and communication topped the list of skills that the three candidates for Sunderland’s vacant Town Administrator position said were most important in carrying out the tasks and responsibilities of the town’s top managerial role. The three candidates, Michele Giarusso, a former selectman and current finance … 0

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with … 0