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I wonder how other towns in the area deal with this problem? ...(full comment)

Sticky situation: Wet wipes gumming up Deerfield’s wastewater plant

You have a point. A better idea may be to drop all current religious holiday schedules in public schools, and offer a certain number of excused absences for every kid celebrating any holiday. That way, your/ my kid doesn't have to miss class because your/my kid chooses to. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Concerning the Lamson and Goodnow complex, has anyone involved considered contacting Artspace Projects, in Minneapolis? They have a fantastic track record for more urban development for artist live-work and retail space...but I'm wondering if a smaller rural project with a lot of support (which translates to streamlining the process of funding and development) and a ready-made community, might interest them? It's free to contact them, and a feasibility study may well be worth it. Artist live-work space would provide a long-term anchor for the village...and just the idea would bring in interested parties. Just a thought. It could serve as a sustainable development model that could be replicated throughout the region on a scale---and in the manner---everyone could support. ...(full comment)

Singley’s Furniture to close doors Saturday

I would like to see a plan to use any profits to subsidize the service for those who can't afford it. Fiber optic broadband would be a wonderful service that should be available to everyone. ...(full comment)

Risk-averse hilltowns weigh broadband estimates

A project that runs toxins through pristine water and nature areas is a threat to life. Their reasoning is affected by an interest to export gas and use it as a geopolitical weapon in fighting especially Russia. This will only harm our home environment by polluting air, water, and earth. Their environmental impact statement uses twisted logic. My film documentary, "Moss Brook and TGP - No Fracking Way" is posted on youtube and on Greenfield Community Television that offers more resources and perspective on this issue. This damaging new infrastructure project for a fossil makes little sense at all. ...(full comment)

Pipeline co. files draft environmental report

Jeez, if I was carrying 1000 bags of illegal drugs, I wouldn't be DUMB enough to speed and be without a drivers license! Stupidity and crime are a bad combination. ...(full comment)

State police confiscate 1,000 bags of heroin and an infant in Greenfield bust

Wow. No one opposed this at the hearing? Everyone is on board and all the ducks are in a row? A National Register class heritage structure of great aesthetic value to be replaced by a "bike-ped" bridge? ( This for some reason of reminds me of the "unsafe" Bellows Falls Bridge that was demolished and still missed by the residents of both Bellows Falls, Vt. and North Walpole, NH. ) ...(full comment)

State outlines vision for Schell Bridge replacement

Well you sure fell for their con hook, line, and sinker. And what about the future crisis when the gas runs out, or is selling on the global market for unaffordable prices? Over-reliance on one type of fuel is foolish, just as investing all your money in one type of stock is. This pipeline isn't about saving us locals any money, it is about giant corporations trying to access the global market to sell our country's natural gas to China and India. Think critically! ...(full comment)

New lobbying group to run ads for gas pipeline

Wow, they're really putting the full-court press on us, aren' they. I find it hard to believe, though, that all of these capacity issues are suddenly coming to a head this year. Just a coincidence it coincides with FERC filing? Yeah, right. Also, there is still no guarantee that (a) the gas will be sold/used here in MA and not exported and (b) that our rates will go down by, oh I don't know, 37%. Not to mention what do we do in 25 years when the PA/NY gas wells dry up? We should be doubling down on renewable energy investment/incentives, such as residential solar, not pouring billions into a destructive project that's going to prove obsolete in short order, after Kinder Morgan has already laughed its way to the (offshore) bank.... ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas set to turn away new customers

Andy Toomajian from PV Squared here - I just wanted to clarify two points for anyone reading. First, the lowest pricing tier through the program is Tier 5, with base pricing at $3.40/watt, and, as of Monday, we've already reached Tier 5, with over 200 kw of projects signed on. That's the best pricing available through the program and there's still time for you to get on board. Second, PV Squared is performing site assessments and developing detailed project proposals through the program at no cost and with no obligation to move forward. A deposit would only be paid by folks who wanted to move forward in doing the project we've proposed. We're grateful to the Recorder for spreading the news of this successful program, and of course, for the support of our clients and community in making the transition to renewable energy! ...(full comment)

Making the switch to solar power

I must not be awake yet Tom, I will revisit your comment later... Maybe then it will make sense. ...(full comment)

Letter: What’s going on

Marijuana has not been illegal under state law since 1911. The 1911 law required a prescription from a physician (sound familiar) before it could be purchased at an apothecary. It was quickly amended to restore relatively low dose medicines to over the counter status. P.S. There is a better way to regulate marijuana than treat it like alcohol, www.BayStateRepeal.org ...(full comment)

Questions 5, 6 also on Franklin County voters’ radar

This school is a great option for parents who have children that the teachers don't want to teach in the regular public school settings. My son was on medicine and being told to give him more when I finally heard of MAVA. He also had a 504 plan in place. He would have required accommodations for any MCAS testing in the public school settings because he was so unable to stay focused on what he was doing. Within one month of having him in MAVA, in 3rd grade he was only on the minimal dose of his medicine and only taking it on Fridays. The day I helped him with math and we did tests. By the end of last year 3rd grade, he took the MCAS alone. Yes I was nervous for his grades. But he did great. He not only took the test with no accommodations, but he also passed English with proficient. And was only 2 points below that with MATH. I was shocked to see that he did this all by himself. He has changed so much since he saw he could do it. He has more confidence. I say measure that in when you are saying this school is level 3. Also keep in mind that NOONE wrote anywhere what really happened. Try finding out how many students were in the school last year, and how many of them actually took the MCAS test. from what I heard there were a lot of kids who did not make it at all. some medical reasons, and others because of the lack of transportation to the testing sites. I wonder what the actual MCAS score was if you only averaged the scores that were completed. Because averaging all those zeros for people who didnt test, is quite unfair to those of us who worked so very hard to get the grades we did. ...(full comment)

Virtual School faces probation