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A sign of what’s in the pipeline? Some area activists show solidarity to Pa. sugarers

Friday, February 12, 2016

The plastic tubing that collects sap from sugar maples at the Holleran family’s maple operation in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County is the only pipeline the family wants to see cutting through their 23 acres, but a tree-cutting crew is poised to clear a path for the 125-mile-long Constitution gas pipeline. So far the family and friends have kept tree-cutters at bay. … 0

Martin seeks ‘breather year’ for Greenfield budget; Mayor aims for no increase to budget, no reduction in services

Friday, February 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — Residents will likely not see a significant expansion or reduction in town services during the budget year that begins July 1, according to … 0

MBI ‘Last Mile’ overseer Nakajima quits

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last Mile” broadband to most of Western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his … 0

UMass ecologist leads 1st study of climate change impact on sugar maples

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — As maple sugaring season approaches, plant ecologist Kristina Stinson at the University of Massachusetts recently received a two-year, $149,800 grant to study the impact of climate change on the quantity and quality of sugar maple sap, including its chemical composition. The researchers believe this is the … 0

‘Renewable Redoable’: Four Rivers students’ film about energy in Burlington, Vt., to play at Garden Cinemas Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Four River Charter Public School seniors studying the energy issue this year had little trouble figuring out what the focus of their final project should be for their “learning expedition,” dubbed “How Do We Keep the … 0

County’s Bernie Sanders supporters happy with win, but not surprised

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters in Franklin County said they were happy — but not surprised — to learn Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary Tuesday night. David Cohen of Greenfield, who is involved with the Pioneer Valley for Bernie committee, was watching live coverage of the presidential primary … 0

Medical marijuana group eyes Bernardston farming facility

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BERNARDSTON — Happy Valley Compassion Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana organization based out of Greenfield, is eyeing Bernardston as a possible location for a pot farm. Last week, operation facilitator Jim Counihan and his two business partners expressed … 0

Fewer firefighters means more towns respond

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — After a fire tore through the front of a single-family home on Birch Street last month, some were left questioning why so many towns responded to provide mutual aid. However, local fire chiefs say the nine-town … 0

Going over the falls: Group seeks grant for Potholes observation deck

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SHELBURNE — Shelburne Falls artists and business owners who would like to see the restoration of the Glacial Potholes as a major attraction made a pitch to Selectmen this week, asking them to apply for an ArtPlace America … 0

Local vets sound off to VA in Greenfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top brass from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting designed to draw feedback from those the hospital serves. The meeting, … 0

Two candidates remain in running for Frontier, Union 38 superintendent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts have been named as the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H., … 0

Towns to sign ‘Community Compact’ with Lt. Gov. in Heath Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HEATH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is coming to Heath on Thursday to sign a “Community Compact” with town officials from Heath, Rowe and Shelburne in the Heath Community Hall at 1:45 p.m. Polito will also be signing … 0

Fire destroys garage in Colrain

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

COLRAIN — A garage was destroyed but nobody was injured after the structure caught fire at a residence on Adamsville Road Tuesday night. Colrain Fire Chief Nick Anzuoni said the blaze began just before 7 p.m. at 129 … 0