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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 them keep using a path near hydro electric station No. 3. It’s a path behind the old Lamson & Goodnow buildings that … 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 … 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 … 0

Deerfield book shop closes doors

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After two decades of finding new homes for old books, Meetinghouse Books in South Deerfield has closed. Owner Judith Tingely said she and her husband Ken decided to close the North Main Street bookstore for personal reasons, including a desire to be closer than a … 1

Local restaurant, supermarket receive liquor license warnings

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Two local businesses have been issued one-day liquor license suspensions to be continued for the next 12 months by the Board of Selectmen for selling alcohol to underage customers during a compliance check. The suspensions will only take effect if the businesses violate the law … 0

Vote on public records reform bill postponed for review

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers have pushed a vote to reform the state’s public records law to later this year as they review various objections to the bill’s language, which continues to be revised. The bill has been under … 0

Back-to-school-supply drive kicks off with garden party

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — United Way is looking for backpacks. “If you remember high school or middle school, to go in with a new pack and not some old ratty one, it makes a difference,” said Linda Stacy, president and … 0

Local charities real winners of mayor’s golf tournament

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two local social service agencies will benefit from Team Greenfield’s second win in two years at the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament. On July 24, Mayor William Martin and his Team Greenfield took first place in the … 0

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts hires new marketing director

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has hired a new director of development and marketing, former television news journalist Kathy Tobin. Tobin takes over from director of nine years Megan Pete, and will oversee all fundraising and marketing activities for The Food Bank beginning Aug. 31. … 0

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 … 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 French King Highway, the town is still waiting. It appears Greenfield will continue … 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 has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association, which also has joined in calling for postponing FERC’s scoping … 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