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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common across from the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Energy company Kinder Morgan has proposed the $3.75 billion extension of its northeast pipeline through Massachusetts and says will provide clean-burning natural gas to the northeast. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Rally reaches Statehouse

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday, bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse. Speakers included local legislators, Reps. Stephen Kulik, and Denise Andrews, all opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposal for a nearly 300-mile pipeline that would cut across nine Franklin County towns on its way to Dracut, north of Lowell. Following the two-hour rally, five of its organizers met privately with Gov. Deval Patrick, Energy and Environmental Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, calling for their opposition to the pipeline project and presenting them with two petitions. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t necessarily favor … 0

Rosenberg clarifies pipeline position

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. D-Amherst, clarified his position Wednesday on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project in a written statement, as three area legislators prepared to attend a rally across from the Statehouse emphasizing their own positions opposing the nearly 300-mile pipeline. In an open letter to constituents in Franklin, Hampshire and Worcester … 0

Ashfield to celebrate 200th birthday of its Town Hall

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — Ashfield’s Town Hall turns 200 this year and the town will be celebrating the unusual history of the former “New Meetinghouse,” and its move from Norton Hill down to the town center, where it now stands. On Saturday, the town is holding several activities related to the Town Hall’s colorful past. … 0

Mohawk lowers costs of summer archaeology course

Thursday, June 12, 2014

HAWLEY — Thanks to a $2,000 Kickstarter online fundraiser and a contribution from the Mary Lyon Foundation, financial aid and reduced tuition are now available for a two-week Summer Archaeology Field Training Program on what was the site … 0

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0

Ashfield hopes to join solar consortium

Monday, June 9, 2014

ASHFIELD — Ashfield and Plainfield hope to form a three-town consortium with Buckland with the aim of saving homeowners money on residential solar-panel installations. Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter recently attended an Ashfield Selectboard meeting to explain a state program, Solarize Mass, that wants to encourage the … 0

Ashfield Notes

Monday, June 9, 2014

Interim chief promoted ASHFIELD — The Selectboard has appointed interim Police Chief Diane Wilder to a one-year full-time position as the town’s police chief. She will be working for the town 38 hours per week, at a pay scale of $25 per hour. Only one dog scofflaw ASHFIELD … 0

Father and son

Friday, June 6, 2014

SHELBURNE — Like other superintendents during this graduation season, Michael Buoniconti took the podium last weekend to deliver a commencement address to Mohawk Trail Regional School graduates. But unlike most school leaders, the Mohawk superintendent had someone special … 0

Franklin County Technical School students ready for workforce

Friday, June 6, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School alumna Lisa Godfrey told 115 graduates Friday that learning a trade at the school will give them a leg up in their future job searches. “It may not feel like it … 0

Neighbors: Lots to do as summer rolls in

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. There’s lots going on as this first week of June comes to an end and summer rev s up. THERE WILL BE A GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE at Leverett Elementary School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please support the school and its students by … 0

Helicopter wasn’t part of pipeline project

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ASHFIELD — The low-flying helicopter that “buzzed” the Town Hall on Monday night was not taking aerial photographs for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that has been proposed through Franklin County. It was in town to film aerial footage of Ashfield and Goshen for a television program. Kinder Morgan/Tennessee … 1

Ashfield ‘abuzz’ over pipeline, helicopters

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Selectboard’s meeting room in Town Hall Monday night was crowded, hot and stuffy, so townspeople opened two doors for a little cross-ventilation — but not for long. Within minutes the hall reverberated with the loud buzz of a helicopter that seemed to return over and … 2

Greenfield to celebrate bees

Monday, June 2, 2014

In this feature photo, Debbie Oeky, Sandra Boston and Victoria Floor touch up the crosswalk mural in Greenfield as part of the Paint the Town Green Mural Project. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0