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Beautifully written Samantha Wood , thank you! This series is great, a little bird's eye peek into someone new to gardening trying it out. I confess, that even after over 40 years, I am still thrilled with those first fruits! Gardening is one of those things I think everyone should do, even if it is just a pot of chives on the counter. Cheering from the sidelines! Devorah ...(full comment)

Room to grow: Digging that first arrival at the garden

Sounds lovely. Too bad you forgot to mention the constant police and ambulance trips up and down Leyden Road accompanied by lights and sirens throughout the entire "fun" festival. Or the nonstop traffic from Thursday until late Monday night. But wait, let's not forget the trash that gets thrown out car windows all over the stretch of Leyden Road intimately ending up on taxpayers lawns and property. I am grateful that you mentioned the after hours music going on all night long in the cabins and at various campfires from Thursday night till Monday night. It's enough to keep local residents awake all night and that is exactly what happens. And lest we forget, there is also the plethora of drugs brought in to this festival that smacks of arrogance and is counterintuitive to the hard work of the Franklin County and local police departments in the area efforts to banish this part of Massachusetts of drugs in general. There are two sides to this travesty that occurs twice a year at Camp Kee-Wanee. It would be beneficial to all that read this warm and fuzzy story of Worm-Town that the taxpayers that are within hearing distance of this music festival (which extends to the Leyden and Colrain hills) are not happy that this travesty that has been imposed on us without warning or consideration 14 years ago. Shame on the local Kiwanis Clubs that welcome this as a money maker for their local children's camp. I did not choose to have this occur when I bought my home 17 years ago, nor did any of my neighbors. ...(full comment)

Thousands settle in for music, fun at Strangecreek

Its Selcetman Arthur Johnson not Gilmore. ...(full comment)

Erving eyes potential railroad crossing bill

Here Here: and State Senator Ben Downing and Steven Kulik! ...(full comment)

Kelly/My Turn: These lawmakers serve us well

Here Here: and State Senator Ben Downing and Steven Kulik! ...(full comment)

Kelly/My Turn: These lawmakers serve us well

This is so vital to our flagging Democracy. I am so inspired by the actions described in this article, and by the support of others for these actions. Change comes from people standing up for principles. ...(full comment)

Letter: Nonviolent protest works

Very informative article and the video cam is super! ...(full comment)

Peregrine falcons return to UMass nesting site

Please note that your number are for all of New England. Since 2013 demand for gas has increase and that is due to expanded pressure from the loss 2 power plants. This Area has some the highest cost in energy in the U.S. and there is no sign of relief in sight.. This is not about capacity, it is not about supply and demand, its about no fracted gas at any cost. The fact Is Western Mass and Franklin county Are Undeserved.. No new industry will come here because there is no infrastructure to support it. These are real issues please that LED lights alone will not address. ...(full comment)

Opponents of pipeline decry their actions being called ‘eco-terrorism’

Very neat! ...(full comment)

Peregrine falcons return to UMass nesting site

It's funny to see a pizzeria open up for breakfast. I am pretty sure that this is the only pizzeria that actually does this. There must be a lot of business if you are able to expand so quickly and add a lot of new additions to the restaurant. Adding a bar is going to always ensure customers. When the big sporting events come, that will be a good time to make some money. http://www.atlaspizzasportsbar.com/Menulist/Display/ ...(full comment)

Berkshire Pizza adds menu items, breakfast, bar

Senator Downing is an informed leader, and works hard for our district. Thank you Senator. ...(full comment)

Sen. Benjamin Downing pushing energy bills

Farrell and the Spanish and (OPEC?) company he represents wants an export pipeline for "eighteen quadrillion dollars" over twenty years for "pipeline and fossil fuel companies". (This from Pieridae's application materials before the DPU for the LNG terminal planned for Nova Scotia. It's pretty clear that this has nothing to do with New England's energy needs. ...(full comment)

Opponents of pipeline decry their actions being called ‘eco-terrorism’

If anything epitomizes the greed and arrogance of the fossil fuel industry, it's this incredibly stupid comment. Do you really want to do business with these people? ...(full comment)

Opponents of pipeline decry their actions being called ‘eco-terrorism’