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Cristobal Bonifaz, a Conway lawyer, will represent a group of Franklin County residents in a federal lawsuit related to the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline project. Submitted Photo/Cristobal Bonifaz

Area residents file federal suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, asks the federal government to halt all activity of any federal agency related to approval of the pipeline project and argues that a related 2005 amendment to the federal Natural Gas Act is unconstitutional. It claims that the plaintiffs — Holly and Gordon Lovelace of Northfield; Eric and Carolyn Ness of Deerfield; Kelly and Michael Paulsen of Plainfield, Woolman Hill, Inc., a Deerfield Quaker … 0

Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing set for Aug. 5

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board will hold four public hearings to hear directly from residents, officials, and other interested persons about their concerns relating to the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline project. The hearing in Franklin County will be held Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The board is also seeking comments on … 0

Driver uninjured after branch falls on car in Deerfield

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield man is OK after his car was struck by a falling tree branch on River Road around 5:45 Thursday evening. The incident followed a brief but intense thunderstorm during the afternoon. Old Deerfield Fire Chief Chet Yazwinski said the driver was traveling south on River Road when the branch fell, striking the front of the vehicle and continuing over … 0

Cyclist dies in hospital after being struck by car

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — A 67-year-old man who was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle along Routes 5 & 10 Tuesday has died. Sergeant Harry Ruddock of the Deerfield Police Department said the accident happened just after 4 … 0

South County towns eye police service regionalization

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the help of a state-funded local technical assistance grant, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately plan to explore ways to enhance cooperation between their police departments, improve services, and possibly save money. The towns will use $3,000 of a $200,000 grant awarded to the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Pan Am Railways settles alleged violations with EPA

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act at the East Deerfield Railyard and another of its railyards in … 0

What could Olympic course on the Deerfield look like?

Monday, July 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If Boston wins the bid for the 2024 Olympics and the Deerfield River hosts whitewater slalom races, it could be a rarity in modern times: a natural, in-river course. Most of the Olympic courses based in … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

Clarkdale centennial celebration

Sunday, July 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — The stand won’t open until August, but Clarkdale Fruit Farms was busy Sunday as the Clark family celebrated 100 years in the apple business with cake and last autumn’s cider. Visitors shared memories of the business … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0