Business

Financial push gases up final planning for proposed Greenfield biodiesel plant

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it’s locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan being provided to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant, is being provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance. It will cap a six-month campaign to raise the … 0

Vintage idea for new business

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — “For the first month, this basement smelled like a stale bar,” laughed Tony Derricotte as he surveyed a stack of dried oak wine barrel staves, arranged neatly against the wall of his dark basement workshop inside the former Greenfield Steel Stamp Works building on Mead Street. The smell of varnish hangs … 0

Vt. to make case for oversight of nuke plant’s use of $635 million decommissioning fund

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has agreed to give the state of Vermont a chance to make its case about why there should be continuing oversight of Entergy Nuclear’s use of Vermont Yankee’s $635-million decommissioning trust fund. In a 45-page ruling released Tuesday, the ASLB said it had … 0

Vt. Yankee decommissioning challenged by state

Friday, July 31, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. —The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don’t always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ashfield Provost Investment Trust, Chester Provost, trustee, to Chester Provost, 1294 Bug Hill Road, $1. Bernardston Roger Buzzell, also known as Roger S. Buzzell, and Pamela Buzzell, also known as Pam Buzzell, and Pamela T. Buzzell to Roger S. Buzzell Investment Trust, Roger S. Buzzell, trustee, Pamela T. … 0

FERC gets an earful: Scores turn up the heat on regulators over pipeline

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The region’s entire state legislative delegation, Congressman James McGovern and … 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

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

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

'Take the risk': Young people in Franklin County speak up about getting first jobs and wanting a chance to work

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — When it comes to employment, adults are usually the ones who end up interviewing youngsters about their work experience, aspirations and ethics as they try to land their first job, but the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ashfield Paul E. Bacon of Williamsburg to James E. Bacon of Williamsburg, Cummington Road, Parcel 1, $20,000. Bernardston Charles R. Deane to Matthew M. Penn of Tampa, Fla., Sawmill Lane, Lot 4, $25,000. Colrain Jeffrey J. Murdock and Marcelene L. Murdock to CitiBank, NA, trustee, 259 Ed Clark … 0

Rosenberg calls for FERC hearing delay

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, who last used his influence as senate president to call for the state to include Greenfield in its public hearings on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline project, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to … 2