PHOTOS: Spring visits for a day
Feb22

PHOTOS: Spring visits for a day

GREENFIELD — Friends Austin Page and Crystal Swan, both of Greenfield, take advantage of Wednesday’s 70-degree weather to walk up to Poet’s Seat Tower. Temperatures reached 74 degrees in the afternoon.

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Local children learn about big-brained birds
Feb22

Local children learn about big-brained birds

TURNERS FALLS — During their week-long school vacation, children in Turners Falls learned that “bird brain” may not be such an insult after all. Parents, grandparents and children crowded the Great Falls Discovery Center during a sunny spring-like afternoon, excited to learn about a particularly smart group of birds: the corvids. Perhaps the promise of getting to meet Onyx, a live education raven, drew attendance. Mike Clough,...

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PHOTO: Graceful takeoff
Feb21

PHOTO: Graceful takeoff

A mute swan uses its over 6-foot wingspan to take off and fly across the Power Canal in Turners Falls on Tuesday.

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Audit program aims to cut energy costs
Feb21

Audit program aims to cut energy costs

DEERFIELD — As though he’s taking a photo of the lace curtains, John Perrier aims his phone at the windows in Ben Weiner’s farmhouse. But this is a heat-sensitive camera that shows how cold air is entering around the windows. The blue and green image helps guide the New England Green Homes auditor through his review of how this 1858 house is losing heat. The tool is similar to the thermal imaging taken from Harold Grinspoon...

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13 state AGs win ruling against White House
Feb21

13 state AGs win ruling against White House

A federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 12 other state attorneys general, ordering the Trump Administration to implement critical energy efficiency standards that will save consumers $8.4 billion over the next 30 years and result in major reductions in air pollution. The ruling in San Francisco comes in a case filed by the coalition of attorneys general last June against the federal...

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Northampton receives grant for Upper Roberts Meadow Brook
Feb21

Northampton receives grant for Upper Roberts Meadow Brook

The city of Northampton received a $25,000 state grant to help in the removal of a dam on Upper Roberts Meadow Brook. The Baker-Polito administration announced last week that four municipalities, including Northampton, would receive a combined $97,397 in state grant funds to remove dams, aid in the restoration of rivers to their natural state, and increase climate readiness. The towns of Middleton, Duxbury and West Boylston were the...

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