ISO New England records show electricity use steadily declining in the Northeast. This is a positive move in responsible conservation. Kudos to folks who pursued this for the benefit over all! ...(full comment)
I wish the "arts" angle would be a secondary focus for this building. It's in a key spot of activity and visibility - there needs to be something with regular commercial activity going on on the first floor, like a bustling restaurant (that's actually open at predictable hours, unlike with the previous one). Semi-frequent arts events are not enough to catalyze the area. Imagine the Iron Horse sitting where Thornes is on Main Street, quiet and shuttered most of the week. What would it add there? ...(full comment)
Hubbard is harmless. My wife and I walk our dogs and see him with his black lab. If the other guy brandished his weapon, do you think Hubbard would then go attack the guy with the knife. I live two streets over on Devens St. As a parent of a teenager a 12 and 11 year olds it scares me that this happened for little to no reason so close to home. ...(full comment)
What a great article! It looks like we'll be planning a day trip to Stockbridge in the near future. We've seen several of Leyendecker's works at The National Museum of American Illustrators on Bellevue Ave. in Newport, RI. It's a wonderful museum. ...(full comment)
For crying out loud you are suspending an NFL icon at the beginning of a season for questionable and highly debatable infractions at a time when the NFL needs more favorable bias. Could this be the start of a long slippery slope in popularity of the NFL? ...(full comment)
The Capital Stabilization Plan was formed by Myra Carlow 8 years ago and includes a long term road plan. During my term as selectman, this plan has been funded although the Highway Superintendent's request for funding was drastically cut when Paul was on the BOS.
It is regrettable that Paul has spoken with only a select few of the Town Employees; had he done so, he would have discovered that they are very upset with the statement in his letter that the BOS micromanages. In fact, the freedom to do their jobs unhindered is a new and welcome change for them.
As to the by-laws, they should be reviewed on a regular basis, however, it should be noted that Paul has several times tried to alter the by-law concerning the Finance Committee and the changes had the appearance of accommodating his own changing circumstances. ...(full comment)
Iberdrola and other international gas investment companies want an export route to Nova Scotia, where one of these companies, in its DOE application in the Federal Register and related materials stated "pipeline and fossil fuel companies" in the U.S. and Canada will make profit at over eighteen quadrillion dollars over a twenty year period. There is no need for this; in fact New England didn't use any of the 150 bcf of liquified natural gas available for this winter, the coldest in eighty years, by March 1st. The price gouging is intended to abuse New Englanders into submission to enforce the largest land takings since the highway system, for that private profit. There is no gas shortage. Namecalling and intimidating politicians by mis-characterizing them is typical stuff , then issuing a meaningless public apology, to let everyone know what they are prepared to do. The folks in this region are highly informed, and are standing up to iniquity and deceit. ...(full comment)
When fully operational, the coop owned plant will be adding 7 million dollars per year to the local economy, or more if fuel prices rise. It will be the only maker of fuel in Massachusetts and a strong local effort to combat environmental damaging fossil fuel use. Soon we will be seeing the benefits of self reliance in transportation fuel. You don't drive a diesel now or heat with oil? As a coop member, you will have priority access to this better type of fuel. Someday soon you will appreciate having your own source of clean energy, made locally and made to benefit us all. ...(full comment)
What a great story for Greenfield. A community owned, green business bringing good paying jobs to the area, recycling a local waste product to produce a clean non polluting fuel that will keep energy dollars from leaving the area. ...(full comment)