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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 property, where Kinder Morgan’s 41,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor station is slated to sit. At least one day a week for the past month, Judy Wolter has stood on Nelson’s land protesting the Northeast Energy Direct … 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 … 0

Statewide arts funding increases

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — For the past six months, state Gov. Charlie Baker has tried cutting statewide arts funding. On Wednesday, the House and Senate overrode his … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 1

County home sales down, despite statewide rise

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Home sales last month were up for the Pioneer Valley overall and for the state as a whole, with single-family homes in Massachusetts selling at the best rate since August 2005. And while sales for the first six months of year have been brisk for Hampshire and Hampden … 0

Northfield pipeline report ready for FERC

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Selectboard has prepared the town’s final list of environmental concerns to be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Earlier this month, the Selectboard asked residents who are worried about the proposed pipeline and compressor station in Northfield — a plan to bring natural-gas through … 0

New plan released for Whately town building

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s Municipal Building Committee has released the final draft of the conceptual layout for the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the town industrial park. The town will pay $810,000 for the building, according to … 1

South County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Opportunities to submit comments on pipeline DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents who want to make their concerns about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project will have until August 31 to submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is currently going through a scoping … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shelburne needs two for Finance Committe SHELBURNE — The town is seeking at least two residents to serve on the Finance Committee. Currently there are vacancies for a one-year term and a full, three-year term. Interested residents should contact Town Moderator Sylvia Smith either by phone at 413-625-9248 … 0

For 'Blossom Brigade,' volunteering to keep Bridge of Flowers blooming is labor of love

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In the days when Karen Winkler of Manchester, Conn., was just a visitor — not a steady volunteer — on the Bridge of Flowers, she marvelled at how picture-perfect the bridge always looked. “I was … 0

Northfield preps list of pipeline concerns for FERC hearing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Editor's Note: Northfield residents have been preparing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental “scoping session” hearing on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The hearing is set for the Greenfield Middle School at 6:30 p.m. tonight. … 2

How to submit environmental comments for proposed pipeline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Unless otherwise noted, Aug. 31 is the last day to submit questions, comments and concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Docket No. PF14-22-000. Comments relating to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project to bring natural gas to nine Franklin County … 0

Northfield might require extra emergency personnel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In the event of a major pipeline disaster, Amanda Lewis might not have an escape route. The wife and mother of two, who could potentially live across the street from the natural gas pipeline on Four … 0