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DPU allows long-term contracts between utilities, pipelines

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price hikes, the state’s utility regulators will let power generators sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. Yet what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new pipelines like one proposed through Franklin County. Six months after being asked by the Baker administration to look into whether electric utilities can … 1

Newly renovated, Lucky Nail Salon changes hands

Thursday, October 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lucky Nail Salon at the corner of Main Street and Wells Street is changing hands. Literally, and in more than just one way. The salon’s torch has been passed down a generation this month, with Jimmy Duong and his wife Vivian taking over for Duong’s mother, who will retire from the … 0

On the Job, Oct. 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Montague Catholic Social Ministries appoints Wood The board of directors of Montague Catholic Social Ministries (MCSM) have selected Heather Wood to become the new co-director for Internal Relations (Operations Manager). Wood will focus on overall organizational management of staff, finances, and programs for the Montague Catholic Social Ministries. This new position will not … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, Oct. 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bernardston Mark D. St. Hilaire and Sandra J. St. Hilaire to Matthew D. Attesi and Holly J. Attesi, 60 Hoe Shop Road, $195,000. Lester A. Black to Harry J. Fisk and Kathleen M. Fisk of Hinsdale, N.H., 47 Turners Falls Road, $140,000. Charlemont Thomas R. Lively of Colrain … 0

Rosenberg to meet with FERC Wednesday; bringing 'at least a couple thousand pages’ of testimony on pipeline

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

When he meets with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today, state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says he will not only present three large binders stuffed with “at least a couple thousand pages” of testimony on the proposed Northeast … 0

Vt., Entergy clash on emergency planning fallout

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Vermont and Entergy Nuclear are at loggerheads over how much emergency planning and environmental testing is needed starting next year — and how much money Entergy should continue to pay for it. Entergy wants to reduce the 10-mile emergency evacuation zone surrounding Vermont Yankee starting … 0

Of compost and community: Orange company contributes to sustainable local food cycle

Monday, September 28, 2015

ORANGE — Compost happens, and Rick Innes of Clear View Composting simply helps it along, bucket by bucket. His 8-year-old operation, Innes claims, is the smallest commercial composting business around — or the largest commercial composter using manual … 0

Lessening economic disparity a state priority

Friday, September 25, 2015

A top state development official says he’s hoping to reduce the disparity between the two Massachusetts economies — east and west. “For people who live within (Interstate) 495, things are quite good. But for people who live just outside 495 ... the average per capita income is about … 0

Local seminars aim to boost businesses

Thursday, September 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Owning a small business or entrepreneurial venture is a lot of work. Oftentimes, the owner must act as the chief executive, operating, financial and commercial officers all at once, working to manage the company’s day-to-day operations, keep track of its revenue and expenses and market its … 0

On the Job, Sept. 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Deneault returns to Greenfield insurance agency GREENFIELD — Jeanne Deneault, CISR, has rejoined the Albert B. Allen Insurance Agency of Greenfield. A lifelong Franklin County resident, Deneault began her insurance career in 1975 with a concentration in personal lines, but over the past two decades has gained extensive … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, Sept. 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Buckland Harvard Ridge Realty Trust of Phillipston, James H. Wilson, trustee, to Gretchen A. Wilson, 16 Conway St., $1. Charlemont Andrew Wilson Saunders of Lafayette, Colo., James William Sanders of Williamsburg, Va., and Kelly Lynne Knotts, formerly known as Kelly Lynne Saunders of Vernon, Conn., to Bruce A. … 0

VY evacuation zone likely to shrink

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has again rejected arguments by Vermont’s governor in efforts to keep the emergency planning zone around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant intact until the highly radioactive nuclear fuel is … 0

State attorney general slams DPU review of gas pipeline

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities decision last month approving three long-term natural-gas supply agreements with the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline “makes it more important than ever” that federal regulators conduct a comprehensive and meaningful examination of the need for and alternatives to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0