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Organ concert on Friday at the Northfield Unitarian Church. Recorder/Paul Franz

In search of a great set of pipes: Organ enthusiasts tour western Massachusetts

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Drivers passing by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday probably wondered why two green charter buses were parked out front. Every year, members of the Organ Historical Society travel to a city touring sites of historic organs and Northfield was one of the many stops as the group celebrated its 60th annual convention touring throughout Pioneer … 0

Northfield rejects meeting with Kinder Morgan prior to scoping session

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — During this week’s Selectboard meeting, attendees were asked, using a show of hands, who prefers to have a one-on-one meeting — called an open house — with Kinder Morgan pipeline representatives. A similar meeting was held In February at Greenfield Community College. Spokespeople from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. answered questions from locals, regarding the proposed 300-mile pipeline route that would … 1

Northfield residents certain of danger with gas pipeline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Gulf Road resident Judy Wolter isn’t afraid to voice her opinion and can frequently be found holding hand-painted signs at the edge of Jere S. Nelson’s property line — where a proposed natural gas pipeline and compressor station might go. “No pipeline station or compressor on Gulf Road,” it reads. “I … 0

Science and kids strikes a chord with Northfield musician

Sunday, June 14, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Most people can get through the day without knowing that the watery rock they are on is orbiting the sun. According to some studies, a significant number of American adults prove that every day. One of … 0

Letter: No place for compressor

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Kinder Morgan compressor, sited on scenic Gulf Road, will destroy a key area for area hikers and walkers in Northfield. Brush Mountain Conservation Area, across from the proposed compressor site, is the focal point of hiking here in Northfield. Three popular trails share a trail head here: … 0

Northfield officials report on Pa. compressor visit

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield, Mass., and Wellsboro, Pa., each have about 3,000 residents, and both rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, where the downtown has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted … 4

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Like a new car driving off the sales lot, Holly Lovelace’s house value, she claims, has dropped due to Kinder Morgan’s interest in 200 acres for a natural gas pipeline compressor station one-third of a mile away from … 5

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Some of those who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the DPU’s process almost as much as on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. … 3

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

Noisy neighbor? For many, compressor station becoming a hot-button issue

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Third in a series (EDITOR’S NOTE: In coming weeks, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County will proceed through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process to choose which issues to include in an … 0

Neighbors: Keep your children and pets safe this summer

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re headed into summer and it’s time once again to remind you not to leave your child or pet in a hot car, even for a minute. According to doctors and veterinarians from all over the nation, once the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit … 0

Tech School grads asked ‘Who will you be?’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Individuality was the theme of the evening Friday as 122 Franklin County Technical School graduates from 13 shops received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on the school’s football field. Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Harrity, … 0

PVRS: ‘Balance risk and reward as you make life choices’

Friday, June 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School Principal Bill Wehrli advised the 2015 graduates Friday night to think about their future choices by volunteering a student to play ring toss. “First of all, you should consider the balance between … 0