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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 from TGP parent Kinder Morgan responded to audience questions submitted in writing, echoed many of the comments already made by the company … 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 the Northeast Direct pipeline, which would cross nine Franklin County towns. Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, … 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 to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Conway to form task force to evaluate proposed gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CONWAY — The Conway Board of Health has issued letters to other boards and committees in town requesting the formation of a task force to evaluate the impact of a proposed natural gas pipeline that is proposed to pass through Conway and eight other Franklin County towns on … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Denise Andrews’ challengers hit on budget comments

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Both Republican challengers for the North Quabbin’s legislative seat took aim at incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, for saying that she had not read the state budget but planned to vote for it anyway. The comment was made on the House floor during Monday’s debate, before last-minute passage … 0

Local businesses assist Orange Fire in equipment purchases

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ORANGE — With the help of a number of local businesses, the Orange Fire Department has raised enough money to purchase a new diamond-bladed ventilation saw and two scopes for intubating patients. Mark Vitale, a firefighter and paramedic with the department who organized the fundraising campaign, said purchasing … 0

Google’s email filters lead to child porn charges against Orange man

Monday, June 30, 2014

ORANGE — A local man accused of child pornography and firearms charges was apparently singled out by a Google “bot.” David Johnstone, 45, of 54 Ward Road, pleaded innocent in Franklin Superior Court to two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distributing material of a … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Orange’s Farm School grows by 94 acres with property buy

Monday, June 30, 2014

ORANGE — The 94-acre Rowe property in Orange is the newest addition to the farm and forest land owned by The Farm School, which has purchased the land to support its mission of farming and education. The Farm … 0

Machines, parts, parade at Orange airport

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ORANGE — Tractors, engines and antique cars took over the Orange Municipal Airport this weekend as steam engine enthusiasts from across New England turned the place into a machinery show. With an antique cream separator and an engine-powered … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0