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"Hummingbirds" teacher Cailey Bloomgarden-Bredin shows Elizabeth Hoffman, 5, a water creature found in Fire Pond during a summer camp session for 5-year-olds at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. 
Kevin Gutting photo/Adam Orth illustration

Learning naturally: Nature programs take the classroom outside

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As he crested a densely wooded, moss-covered hill in the middle of Conway’s pine forest, Edwin Anderson, 13, of Greenfield yelled, “Wow, come and look at this!” At his call, a half-dozen other kids scrambled up the hill. Some dropped to their knees as they examined a huge brown mushroom protruding from the pine needles on the forest floor. Moments later, Frank Grindrod of Conway knelt in the middle of the group and began to inspect the fungal wonder. “See how it’s all shaggy on top and on the stipe? This is called ‘The Old Man of the Woods.’” he said. “Oh, and look at … 0

Northfield officials oppose gas pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town has joined the growing list of communities that officially oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The Selectboard approved a resolution against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion at its Tuesday meeting. The pipeline is proposed to cross nine Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The resolution states that the town opposes the project, … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and … 0

Gas pipeline proponents to address Northfield residents Aug. 19

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local residents will finally have their chance to pose questions to the proponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Expansion. The pipeline company has agreed to address a community meeting Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Representatives of Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s parent … 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

In recount, Northfield override passes

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley School District budget is set after a Proposition 21/2 override passed by four votes after a recount Thursday afternoon. Those four votes mean the town’s property taxes will increase beyond the levy limit … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans … 0

Letter: Remember these lines

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I applaud our governor, Deval Patrick, for choosing to offer temporary shelter to undocumented children from central America. Those who disagree, and all those Washington politicians who have been avoiding a review of our nation’s immigration policies, might want to recall Emma Lazarus’ poem on our Statue Of … 0

Northfield community picnic set for Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local music, local food and local folk will come together for a community picnic Saturday. Transition Northfield is inviting the town to its fourth annual picnic from noon to 2 p.m. at Kiwanis Park on School Street. Entertainment will include children’s singer and storyteller David Bates, … 0

Recount today for tied Northfield override

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will carefully go over every ballot cast in a recent Proposition 2½ override vote in a recount this afternoon. Starting at 1 p.m. in Town Hall, each of the 524 ballots from the July 8 vote will be recounted by hand. The public is … 0

Multi-level partnership could include 1,600 acres in Northfield

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local, state and national agencies are teaming up to protect 1,600 acres of local forestland. This spring, the nationwide nonprofit Trust for Public Land inked a purchase agreement with the Northfield Mount Hermon School, which owns the large, hilly forest in the northeast corner of the … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0