Meeting on Vermont Yankee sale planned for Thursday

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will meet Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road. Representatives from Entergy and the State of Vermont will provide updates on decommissioning activities at the Vernon plant site. The Panel will also discuss several topics related to Vermont Yankee’s spent fuel management program and removal of...

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UMass’ mobile lab is new frontier in water testing
May21

UMass’ mobile lab is new frontier in water testing

BOSTON — Around 100 years ago, scientists created treatment standards for water to make it safe to use and drink. By and large, those standards are still in use today, a UMass Amherst professor told officials who came to tour a new mobile water testing lab Thursday at the Statehouse in Boston. Engineering professor David Reckhow said there have been huge technological innovations in areas from communication to biotech, but water...

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Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea, spews new danger
May21

Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea, spews new danger

BOSTON — The former mayor of New Orleans was honored Sunday night for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials in his city. Mitch Landrieu was presented with the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for standing behind his decision to take down four monuments. “As I stated when they were removed one year ago, to literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal is an inaccurate recitation of our full past, it is an affront...

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Valley Views: Northern Harrier Hawk
May18

Valley Views: Northern Harrier Hawk

Northern Harrier Hawk Old Springfield Road, East Meadows, MASS Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Derek Allard of Easthampton While walking in the East Meadows at Arcadia in mid April, I looked up to see a large bird circling above. I initially guessed it would be a red-tailed hawk (commonly seen in this area) but I noticed a white rump and quickly realized that this was a northern harrier, which is...

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Earth Matters: The ‘dawn bout’: Why do the birds wake me up so early?
May18

Earth Matters: The ‘dawn bout’: Why do the birds wake me up so early?

“Tra-la-la, tweedlee dee dee It gives me a thrill To wake up in the morning To the mockin’ bird’s trill.” —George Vaughn Horton, “Mockin’ Bird Hill” (1951) The thrill or, from some perspectives, the annoyance, of being awakened by bird song raises questions for the inquiring naturalist. What is that dawn chorus of avian voices? Why does a bird sing at dawn? The dawn chorus that we hear is an incidental result of the behavior of many...

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PHOTO: Leave yourself some extra time when leaving and entering Turners Falls
May18

PHOTO: Leave yourself some extra time when leaving and entering Turners Falls

Getting in and out of Turners Falls recently has been a test of nerves since the closing of The White Bridge for repairs. Traffic on the Turners Falls Gill Bridge is backed up onto Avenue A on Thursday afternoon with additional delays getting into town backing up traffic on Route 2 in Factory Hollow. Delays were compounded by inspections on the General Pierce Bridge, reducing traffic to one lane...

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