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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

Whately Planning Board will continue Bayer site plan review

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board stopped short Tuesday night of approving local thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s site plan for a proposed expansion of its factory in the town’s industrial park. Instead, the board decided to continue the public hearing on Aug. 19, citing a lack of response to requests for comment from the Board of Health and Police Department. The board also asked … 0

UMass farm showcases field rotation, solar innovations, bee research

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Pigs and bumblebees were there, as were biochar, solar collectors and energy-saving coolers. Agricultural field day at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research Farm is an annual chance for farmers to see the … 0

Historic Deerfield seeks volunteers for Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is looking for additional volunteers to help run its Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15. The event is being held in collaboration with the Highland Street Foundation, a Newton-based organization that works to … 0

Yankee Candle names new CEO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Hope Margala has been named as the new chief executive officer of Yankee Candle Co. She enters the position after having served as the company’s president of retail and EVP Brand, Innovation and Merchandising. Margala … 0

Pipeline walk to end with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have … 0

Lower Road in Deerfield closed

Monday, July 28, 2014

DEERFIELD — Motorists using Lower Road will have to find another route as the state Department of Transportation demolishes part of the Interstate 91 bridge that crosses over the local road in West Deerfield near the Greenfield town line. The road will be closed at the Interstate 91 … 0

Deerfield’s year without a town administrator

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It has been one full year since the town has had a permanent full-time town administrator. And, despite changes to the job description, searches and public interviews, the Board of Selectmen is still trying to decide how much authority the top manager in town should … 0

State historical commission supports Deerfield policy

Friday, July 25, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Planners of potential archeological digs will now be informed of the town’s new accountability policy when they apply for a state field permit for investigations in Deerfield. Massachusetts Historic Preservation Officer Brona Simon has agreed to issue the town policy to scientists when they seek … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives … 1

Reps. Mark, Kulik voice opposition to gas pipeline

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five more western Massachusetts legislators have come out publicly against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, along with Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, issued a joint written statement Friday declaring their opposition to … 0