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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

E. Northfield Water Co. may have buyer

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Valley Water Systems — a privately owned Plainville, Conn., water utility — has expressed interest in purchasing Northfield Mount Hermon School’s water company, located near its former Northfield campus. When the school closed its 217-acre Northfield campus in 2004 and consolidated all of its operations to Gill, the school no longer had use for the East Northfield Water Co., which was … 1

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

Of pipelines and property values: Will proposed project affect price of homes in region?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — With a natural gas pipeline and accompanying compressor station proposed to be built in Franklin County, many residents in the eight towns along the expected route have found themselves worrying about how it could affect the … 2

6-minute videos on local sustainability due Friday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHFIELD — How would you define sustainability? Every day the earth’s natural resources continue to diminish as humans pollute water and air and eliminate wildlife habitats through construction. The Pioneer Valley is known as a right-to-farm region as many residents have committed to a lifestyle trying to reverse … 0

Letter: Argue with facts

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BEWARE the arguments of Paul Abrahams and Gary Greene. Both resort to ad hominem arguments against David Williams’ Solyndra column. Ad hominem arguments occur when the respondents can no longer argue the facts. So, they attack the person. They are usually considered a fallacy. It doesn’t matter if … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Letter: Light up the sign

Monday, October 5, 2015

Re.: Recent Factory Hollow crashes. Maybe the large green overhead sign on Route 2 should be illuminated after dark and in bad weather (e.g., fog, rain, etc.). BILL KILPATRICK Northfield … 0

Support and concerns about FirstLight’s application to increase winter pumping capacity

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD ­ ­— The independent system operator of the region’s electrical grid has written a letter of support on an application by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric project’s owners to boost its potential winter operation until its current federal license expires in 2018. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s application last month … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1