Nash’s Mill Road Bridge project to get money from state, feds
May26

Nash’s Mill Road Bridge project to get money from state, feds

GREENFIELD — A proposed $3 million Nash’s Mill Road Bridge replacement project is slated to receive federal and state money, with an estimated completion date of 2020. At a public hearing in Greenfield High School Thursday, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials presented preliminary plans to replace the current structure, built in 1933, with a new single span 105-foot steel beam bridge. “The bridge has been...

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Energy documentary series starts Sat.
May24

Energy documentary series starts Sat.

WENDELL — A screening of a new documentary on the Standing Rock controversy will take place Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at Wendell Town Hall as the first film in a series on energy issues. The showing of “Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock” by Josh Fox, James Spione, and Myron Dewey will be preceded by a 6 p.m. potluck dinner and followed by a panel discussion. The film follows the dramatic rise of the native-led peaceful resistance to...

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FERC denies efforts to stop pipeline work
May24

FERC denies efforts to stop pipeline work

SANDISFIELD — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied citizen and other requests to stop work in Otis State Forest because “justice” did not require it. In a letter dated Saturday, acting FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said none of the groups showed they would “suffer irreparable harm or injury in the absence of a stay.” Her letter came in response to two U.S. lawmakers representing Massachusetts who wrote the commission...

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Food access focus of Greater Quabbin Food Alliance forum June 6
May22

Food access focus of Greater Quabbin Food Alliance forum June 6

ORANGE — A network that aims to connect people and resources within the North Quabbin’s food system is planning a local food forum open to the public on June 6. The Greater Quabbin Food Alliance invites anyone to meet at the Orange Innovation Center at 131 West Main St. from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a gathering of like-minded people interested in environmental health and local sustainability. The food alliance consists of people across...

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EPA workers plan rally to protest proposed budget cuts
May22

EPA workers plan rally to protest proposed budget cuts

BOSTON — Environmental Protection Agency employees from New England are planning a march and rally in Boston to protest federal budget cuts proposed for the agency. Engineer, scientists, lawyers and others who work for the EPA will march from the EPA office past the State House to the Boston Common on Wednesday. A rally there will focus attention on the science-based work the EPA does to protect human health and the environment. The...

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US Postal Service issuing new Thoreau stamp at Walden Pond
May22

US Postal Service issuing new Thoreau stamp at Walden Pond

CONCORD — The U.S. Postal Service is dedicating its new Henry David Thoreau postage stamp at a ceremony at Walden Pond, where the 19th century American philosopher and naturalist spent two years in solitude and reflection. Writer of “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau is being honored on the bicentennial year of his birth in Concord, Massachusetts. The postal service says Thoreau’s way of living simply and rejecting materialism...

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