MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

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 … 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

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Digital Guardian hires Craig Hansen as new vice president of federal sales

Friday, August 7, 2015

Hansen new vice president of federal sales at Digital Guardian Craig Hansen joins Digital Guardian as its new Vice President of Federal Sales where he will be responsible for working with the federal community and extending partnerships within … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bernardston Ethan M. Stafford and Jaimee M. Stafford of Florence to Robert A. Shaw and Maureen A. Shaw, 31 Center St., $158,500. Charlemont Sandri Realty Inc. to Gregory C. Rowehl and Fabriela F. Rowehl of Hawley, 72 Main St., $95,000. Colrain Adele Dowell of Amherst to Ivey T. … 0

Community members blast siting board on pipeline

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline again dominated a public hearing Wednesday night — this one a session before the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board that included several adamant declarations that no pipeline … 2

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