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Will local control be lost? State climate bill likely to usurp authority over siting of clean energy infrastructure
06-20-2024 3:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Regional planning groups and local municipalities remain wary of the looming implications on municipal jurisdiction, should the state’s massive climate bill move ahead in the coming weeks with promises to reform the slow process of siting and...

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Sabadosa bill pushes for adaptive headlight technology to reduce glare
07-08-2024 1:57 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

A bill moving through the Legislature will require all new vehicles sold in the state after Jan. 1, 2026 to include adaptive headlights that illuminate the road without shining into the windshields of oncoming drivers.According to the U.S. Department...


Sabadosa bills bring pregnancy loss out of shadows
07-02-2024 11:04 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Two bills presented by Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa that passed last week will support families who have experienced pregnancy loss by adding paid pregnancy loss leave to the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law and establishing a public information campaign...


U.S. Rep. Neal scopes out new veterans home in Holyoke
04-04-2024 11:49 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — Congressman Richard Neal often frequented the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke years ago to visit his grandfather and uncle — the latter of whom served in the Korean War for exactly one year, one month and one day — and witnessed firsthand the...


Film illuminates power of shared experiences to uplift incarcerated women
03-21-2024 5:58 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — Sonia Mendez never imagined how writing could give her a second chance.She attended her first creative writing workshop while incarcerated, and spent most of the class clowning around, joking with the class facilitator and poking fun at the...


State gripped by solar slowdown: Worst year in decade for installations
03-18-2024 5:35 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Massachusetts’ solar development just had its worst year in more than a decade in terms of new installations, but Greenfield Solar partner Claire Chang says her firm that does jobs throughout the Pioneer Valley hasn’t experienced the same downturn.As...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...


The love behind a perfect match: Pet rescue organization using AI to help rehome pets
02-29-2024 11:27 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

WENDELL — Dog trainers, behaviorists and even an psychic animal communicator could not prevent Melissa Bekisz’s two dogs from fighting.The New York resident inherited her ex-partner’s 4-year-old Australian shepherd, Marjoram, after he moved out....


Management role: Forestry experts explain efforts to bolster forest health, climate resilience
02-22-2024 12:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

With the state dealing with catastrophic consequences of climate change, the debate around forest management continues to make headlines as Massachusetts policymakers discuss the best way to maximize carbon sequestration in forests.Trees and other...


Adding up the losses at Red Fire Farm: $1M in damages includes barn full of supplies and memories
02-21-2024 10:40 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Days after a large fire engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street in Granby on Saturday afternoon, farm staff slowly recounted the equipment and inventory lost in the fire, as well as the memories attached to them.The fire...


UMass to lead $11.9M offshore wind center 
02-12-2024 12:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead a new $11.9 million center on offshore wind education, research and outreach to expedite development of offshore wind energy and train a national workforce to design, operate and manage the...


A case for ditching natural gas: Mothers Out Front aims to send message to legislators, utilities
02-07-2024 5:21 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

The influential lobby group Mothers Out Front took aim at the natural gas industry this week, using its monthly climate action call to encourage people to push for a future without gas.Each month, the statewide group with local chapters in the Pioneer...


Regional agricultural conference set for Saturday in Northampton
02-01-2024 10:59 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional Agricultural Conference planned for Saturday will present three guest speakers on low-impact forestry, cheese making and small-scale maple syrup production for agricultural professionals looking to diversify...


Balancing solar with farms and forestland: Experts tout middle way in picking sites
01-26-2024 4:46 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — As debate continues over how best to develop solar throughout the state to help meet an ambitious net-zero emissions goal, representatives from Mass Audubon and Harvard Forest are touting a recently completed report that details how solar...


Three UMass professors picked for state’s Climate Science Advisory Panel
01-21-2024 12:28 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Three faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are joining the state’s new Climate Science Advisory Panel, a group of 21 experts who will attempt to bridge the communication and knowledge gap between policymakers and...


Working around Mother Nature: Ski mountains cope with mild, wet start to winter
01-15-2024 10:38 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

The final clumps of melting snow in the backyard are no indication of snow on the slopes.With the power of snowmaking, gone are the days when winter sports relied on Mother Nature to provide powder for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Ski resorts in...


Slow-moving disaster looms: UMass experts contribute to cryosphere report on display at COP28
12-12-2023 3:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Ice once both founded and hindered research for glacial geologist Julie Brigham-Grette.As a graduate student working off the coast of Alaska four decades ago, loose sea ice would accumulate onto the shores of Brigham-Grette’s campsite and...


Leyden voters OK $2.03M budget, pass over road layout
06-23-2023 7:40 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

LEYDEN — Voters commented on and inquired into the details of each article on the Annual and Special Town Meeting warrants on Tuesday. But despite interjections, all articles were approved, with the exception of one item that was passed over.The 74...


Workplace support can save lives for people in recovery
06-12-2023 5:05 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GREENFIELD — The most effective treatment for substance use disorder doesn’t come from friends and family alone. Rather, it starts in the workplace. With various barriers to workforce reentry for those in recovery blocking this powerful resource, the...


Town programs help retirees ‘work off’ property tax bills
06-04-2023 1:39 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Senior retirees who own homes across Franklin County can simultaneously give back to their local government while paying off part of their property tax bills. Senior tax work-off programs place residents over the age of 60 in a part-time position at a...


Rowe voters approve tennis court rehabilitation funding, $5.79M budget
05-10-2023 3:35 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

ROWE — Thirty-two voters approved all 31 articles on the warrants for a short Special Town Meeting and subsequent Annual Town Meeting on Monday, most of which concerned the fiscal year 2024 budget for government departments.The total budget for fiscal...

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