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Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has been sending high-schoolers to Keene, N.H., for about a decade but is reconsidering its options, and school officials there like what they’ve … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 0

Letter: Need versus want

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In its evaluation of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, FERC should be considering NEED not WANT. Of course the industries constructing infrastructure and supplying the gas want to sell more. That’s their job. Of course businesses using readily available gas to keep their prices low want more gas at lower prices. Of course short-sighted individuals (most of us) accustomed to abundant and wasteful … 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 … 5

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