Locals, visitors chip in to beautify ‘the heart of the valley’
Sep23

Locals, visitors chip in to beautify ‘the heart of the valley’

As Pioneer Valley Regional School junior Hannah Sliva carefully made her way down an embankment along Northfield’s Pine Meadow Road Saturday, she spotted something peaking through leaves that she couldn’t quite believe. “I found a vacuum!” she exclaimed to her friends, who were collecting garbage and recyclables in plastic bags. “I guess they said we need to clean up the woods a little more!” Sliva, along with four other members of...

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Fifth-graders help  Source to Sea Cleanup
Sep23

Fifth-graders help Source to Sea Cleanup

GREENFIELD — “How many friends picked up five things?” asked Superintendent Jordana B. Harper to 130 or so Greenfield Middle School fifth-graders, who were seated around a mountain of trash picked up during the first day of the Connecticut River Conservancy’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup. Every hand went up. “10 things? 20 or more?” Harper continued. The hands stayed up. “What a difference you all made today. You’re inspiring our...

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Earth Matters: A naturalist contemplates hunting
Sep22

Earth Matters: A naturalist contemplates hunting

Some months back I talked with a friend about the challenges of growing vegetables in the Pioneer Valley and ways to deal with deer and woodchucks. Despite all attempts at fencing and repellent, entire sections of her garden were destroyed — just too many hungry mouths, leaving little for her family. I was reminded of the 1980s, when a decision to patch-cut the forest at the Quabbin Reservation led to a proliferation of browse and an...

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Activists rally in support of 100 percent renewable energy
Sep22

Activists rally in support of 100 percent renewable energy

BOSTON — It’s up to state legislators to make the move to 100 percent renewable energy, a Cambridge lawmaker says, because no one else will. “This is our job,” Rep. Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, said during a rain-soaked rally Tuesday. “If we don’t do it, who will? Not our president. Not Congress.” At least 50 people gathered in support of S.1849, known as the 100 Renewables bill, before a hearing on it and several other energy...

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Garlic and Arts Festival to feature 8 presentations
Sep22

Garlic and Arts Festival to feature 8 presentations

ORANGE — School is back in session, and people who attend the 19th North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange this weekend can expect to learn something from eight presentations prepared by experts. The presentations, slated for both days of the festival (Saturday and Sunday), will take place in the “Portal to the Future” area behind the main performance stage. The festival will be held at Forster’s Farm at 60 Chestnut Hill Road...

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Powerless
Sep22

Powerless

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The sky was darkening Thursday afternoon as 10-year-old Sarah Jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother’s patio in hopes of capturing rainwater. “We can use it to at least flush the toilets,” she told her grandmother. A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of...

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