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WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

Northfield pipeline report ready for FERC

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Selectboard has prepared the town’s final list of environmental concerns to be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Earlier this month, the Selectboard asked residents who are worried about the proposed pipeline and compressor station in Northfield — a plan to bring natural-gas through nine Franklin County towns — to compile a list of concerns and send them electronically … 0

Potential health effects cause concern for some residents

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The health risks for a pipeline and a compressor station are endless, according to Holly Lovelace, Gulf Road resident. She and her husband live about one-third of a mile from the proposed compressor station that Kinder Morgan plans to build along the stretch of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that is planned to pass through Northfield. Since the whispers among her neighbors … 3

Northfield preps list of pipeline concerns for FERC hearing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Editor's Note: Northfield residents have been preparing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental “scoping session” hearing on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The hearing is set for the Greenfield Middle School at 6:30 p.m. tonight. … 2

Northfield might require extra emergency personnel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In the event of a major pipeline disaster, Amanda Lewis might not have an escape route. The wife and mother of two, who could potentially live across the street from the natural gas pipeline on Four … 0

How to submit environmental comments for proposed pipeline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Unless otherwise noted, Aug. 31 is the last day to submit questions, comments and concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Docket No. PF14-22-000. Comments relating to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project to bring natural gas to nine Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Compressor compressed: Size halved for planned Northfield pipeline station

Monday, July 20, 2015

Told that Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has halved the size of its planned Northfield compressor station from 80,000 horsepower to 41,000 horsepower, one resident quipped to Selectman Proujansky, “It looks like we won half the battle.” But that wisecrack aside, residents say they’re not impressed by last week’s … 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