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 County, according to the Realtor Association of the Pioneer Valley, it’s been slower going trying to sell a house in Franklin County, … 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 process for an environmental impact statement on the project “until citizens can make a meaningful … 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. hearing. Anyone who wants to speak at the hearing on what needs to be included … 0

Senate moves Obama’s trade agenda to brink of enactment

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conceded they now must fight on less-favorable terrain. A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama’s hopes for a … 0

Workers say support of pipeline not just about jobs now, but future development (and more jobs later)

Monday, June 22, 2015

For unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s planned Northeast Energy Direct project could represent paydirt, and then some, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 jobs … 3

State nixes anti-pipeline formal intervenor bids

Monday, June 22, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to Berkshire Gas Co.’s proposed long-term contract for gas from Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday in Boston on the … 2

State promises improved funeral home oversight

Sunday, June 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s chief of professional licensure says the state will improve consumer protections and increase the frequency of funeral home inspections. “We have a pretty aggressive goal that we’ve identified of inspecting all licensed establishments within 18 months,” Charles Borstel, DPL’s newly hired executive director told … 0

Entergy allowed to dip into decommissioning fund

Friday, June 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — Federal regulators have cleared the way for Entergy Nuclear to tap into the $660 million Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund to help pay for one of the most expensive aspects of decommissioning — handling spent nuclear … 0

Montague business group social coming July 1

Friday, June 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague Business Association will sponsor a business social July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Between the Uprights, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Montague Business Association Steering Committee members will be there to hear ideas for what could make business in Montague even better, … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, June 19

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Beverly K. Duncan to Beverly Kathleen Duncan Children’s Gift Trust, Stuart Van Cortlandt Duncan Smith and Megan Kathleen Duncan Smith, trustees, 37 Baptist Corner Road, $1. Preston Williams Townsley Estate and Dorothy Nelson Townsley Estate and Preston Williams Townsley & Dorothy Nelson Townsley Declaration of Irrevocable Trust, … 0

Land trust group aims to halt state proceedings on Berkshire Gas request to proposed pipeline

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An anti-pipeline environmental coalition is calling on the Supreme Judicial Court to halt state proceedings on a request by Berkshire Gas Co. to tap into Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project — concerned the state Department of Public Utilities is ignoring its appeal to intervene … 0

University of the Wild

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — With a potential buyer lined up to buy his Earthlands property in Petersham, Greenfield Community College adjunct faculty member Larry Buell is bringing a “University of the Wild” forum to GCC’s Downtown Center Thursday from 4 … 0

Northfield officials report on Pa. compressor visit

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield, Mass., and Wellsboro, Pa., each have about 3,000 residents, and both rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, where the downtown has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted … 4