Backyard bees for beginners
Jul19

Backyard bees for beginners

For the Recorder What started as an email sent across the room from her husband has led Divya Shinn of Gill on an adventure with nature’s honey makers. “Five years ago, I was just sitting at my computer when he sent me an email about a class Dan Conlon was teaching in Deerfield,” she said. Conlon runs Warm Colors Apiary and often runs classes on raising bees. Shinn’s endeavors have led to (on good years) producing up to five pounds of...

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Sewing, sewing … gone

Q Hi Amy, I need to get rid of a few bags worth of textiles.  Some are sewing scraps and some are pieces of old clothing. I’d hate to put them in the trash if they can be reused. Ideas? —CP, Montague A. According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Massachusetts residents throw away 230,000 tons of textiles each year; 95 percent of which could be reused or converted to other items. Most people know...

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Editorial: Peter Gerry sets an example with environmentally-friendly business model
Jul19

Editorial: Peter Gerry sets an example with environmentally-friendly business model

If only every business in America could put energy conservation, recycling and other sustainable practices to work the way Peter Gerry does at Pete’s Tire Barns in Orange. When you learn about all that Pete’s reclaims, recycles and reuses, it’s easy to forget this is primarily a regional tire business selling specialty tires and rejuvenating old ones. The business, which is celebrating its 50th year, reuses waste products like engine...

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Hampshire COG starts solar water heating program
Jul19

Hampshire COG starts solar water heating program

Hampshire COG starts solar water heating program The “solarize” Massachusetts programs have worked so well that a new pilot program launched in the Pioneer Valley is trying to make as big a splash for solar hot water. Working with a Clean Energy Center grant, the Hampshire Council of Governments has launched the first grant for homeowners to install solar hot water systems, using Greenfield-based Spartan Solar of Greenfield as its...

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Program helps homeowners replace old, inefficient woodstoves

Program helps homeowners replace old, inefficient woodstoves BOSTON — Massachusetts homeowners who want to replace older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified wood and pellet stove models may be able to get help from the state. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has announced $450,000 in funding for the 2018 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program. Baker said the program helps homeowners install new wood stove models that...

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Bill allocates money for bike trail in Southampton, track and tennis courts in Belchertown
Jul18

Bill allocates money for bike trail in Southampton, track and tennis courts in Belchertown

NORTHAMPTON — More than $2 billion included in an energy and environmental bond bill adopted by the Massachusetts Senate could pay for a series of projects in the region, including work on a new bike trail in Southampton, resurfacing track and tennis courts in Belchertown and maintenance and improvements to the Mount Tom State Reservation in Holyoke. The bond bill, which provides money for climate change adaption programs and...

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