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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, … 1

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

‘Lucky’ driver walks away from Erving Rt. 2 car flip

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ERVING — “Lucky,” said Erving Fire Chief Philip Wonkka, watching a black Scion sedan with Vermont plates slide upside toward the bed of a tow truck. A single-car crash left the Scion upside down in the mud beside … 0

Bar-Way Farm granted methane digester permit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — After almost seven years, the Bar-Way Farm has finally been granted a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to install and operate a methane digester that will turn the organic waste the farm produces into compost, heat and electricity. The system, designed by CHFour … 0

‘We don’t spend enough time getting our hands dirty’

Sunday, July 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — In a matter of three hours Saturday morning, community volunteers planted a rain garden at the Girls Club of Greenfield. The rain garden, or bioswale, absorbs stormwater and filters it through groundwater tables instead of storm drains, which can lead to pollution. John Lepore, an ecologically … 0

Bridgeside Grill fire closes Rt. 116

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A fire at the Bridgeside Grill briefly closed Route 116 Saturday night but did less damage than it could have. Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said an employee was closing up for the night when she noticed something wrong around 9:30 p.m. “As she was walking out … 0

District Court Logs, July 17-22

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Orange, July 17, Judge William Mazanec III Peter C. Zwicker, 54, of Prentiss Street, Orange. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, and unregistered motor vehicle, released on personal recognizance, continued to 9/8/15 for pretrial conference. Must pay $150 legal counsel fee. Tim Childs, 38, of Smith Street, … 0

Pipeline co. files report with FERC

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. submitted its long-awaited Draft Environmental Report for the Northeast Energy Direct project Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, three business days before a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School. The 79-volume report, posted Friday afternoon by FERC, … 1

Colrain mulls broadband options

Friday, July 24, 2015

COLRAIN — An Internet service provider who worked with Leverett to develop its town-owned fiber-optic network urged Colrain selectmen to look beyond the WiredWest broadband initiative as they consider how to build out the town’s final-mile network. Bill Stathis, director of sales of Crocker Communications, also questioned whether … 0

From lead to latex: Library gets a facelift

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Painters from the Northeast Painting Association of Northampton were busy scraping lead paint off the back of the Greenfield Public Library this week, preparing the two-story walls for fresh coats of lead-free latex paint, according to … 0

Orange celebrates marriage equality with music, BBQ

Friday, July 24, 2015

ORANGE — A double rainbow appeared in the sky over the Millers River just as a celebration of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was getting underway at the Orange Riverfront Park. The event featured … 0

New computer system to link county’s emergency personnel

Friday, July 24, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When it comes to the emergency services, being able to communicate with other departments is critical and for Franklin County’s emergency response agencies, that’s about to get a little easier. During a meeting between Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately’s boards of selectmen and police chiefs this … 0