‘Party in the Hollow’ to benefit Mount Grace land trust
May20

‘Party in the Hollow’ to benefit Mount Grace land trust

WENDELL — Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is planning a “Party in the Hollow” as a benefit to help it preserve more than 700 acres of farms and forests in Montague and Wendell this year. The event, planned for June 4 at Diemand Farm on Mormon Hollow Road, will feature local food, live music, and local art vendors, all to benefit farm conservation and to aid the land trust’s Mormon Hollow Working Lands Initiative. The initiative,...

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Charges reduced for pipeline protesters
May20

Charges reduced for pipeline protesters

GREAT BARRINGTON — The last of 24 pipeline protesters arrested in Sandisfield earlier this month — the majority of whom are from the Pioneer Valley — had their criminal charges reduced to civil infractions Thursday at the Southern Berkshire District Courthouse in Great Barrington. Activists, all members of the Sugar Shack Alliance, say it was their goal to hinder tree-cutting in advance of construction of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline...

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Earth Matters: Peace, love and bonobos: How a great ape can lead us to a better world
May19

Earth Matters: Peace, love and bonobos: How a great ape can lead us to a better world

Do you know what a bonobo is? Have you ever seen one? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you are an exception. Bonobos, closely related to chimpanzees, were the last great apes discovered by Western science, and still remain largely unknown to most of the world. Found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bonobos inhabit the heart of the world’s second largest rainforest. Bonobos are humankind’s closest great...

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Valley Views: Backyard Goldfinch, Hatfield 
May19

Valley Views: Backyard Goldfinch, Hatfield 

Backyard Goldfinch Straits Road, North Hatfield, Photograph and text by Dot Barnard, North Hatfield, I have always enjoyed watching all the bird activity happening at my backyard bird feeders throughout the winter but there is nothing better than watching the colors of the birds come alive when they are dressed in their breeding plumage in the spring. Goldfinches, in particular, are one of my favorites. On the day I captured this...

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Charges against pipeline protesters reduced
May19

Charges against pipeline protesters reduced

GREAT BARRINGTON — The last of 24 pipeline protesters arrested in Sandisfield earlier this month — the majority of whom are from the Pioneer Valley — had their criminal charges reduced to civil infractions Thursday at the Southern Berkshire District Courthouse in Great Barrington. Activists, all members of the Sugar Shack Alliance, say it was their goal to hinder tree-cutting in advance of construction of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline...

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Haywood St. tree planting on Saturday
May18

Haywood St. tree planting on Saturday

GREENFIELD — When John Bottomley moved to town several years ago, he bought a home on Haywood Street because it was a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood. But over time, the trees began to disappear as they aged or were damaged by a storm and had to be taken down. Last year, Bottomley decided to do something about this trend and spoke with the Greenfield Tree Committee, of which he is a member, to see if the group would be interested in...

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