Leverett couple goes solar in a big, 12-panel way
Nov16

Leverett couple goes solar in a big, 12-panel way

LEVERETT — When Joan Snowdon and Phil Crafts look out their window into their backyard, they see a 12-panel solar installation harnessing 4,400 kilowatts of energy from the sun. While they are quick to count the many benefits of going solar, the couple say their primary motivation was to join forces with other homeowners, government officials and businesses to rely less on fossil fuels and more renewable energy sources. The decision...

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Editorial: Encouraging that Columbia Gas sees end to moratorium
Nov15

Editorial: Encouraging that Columbia Gas sees end to moratorium

We are encouraged that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts forecasts ending by 2021 its moratorium on new customers in Northampton and Easthampton, and pledges to work closely with communities in Hampden and Hampshire counties on the projects needed to achieve that goal. Columbia earlier this month announced details of its five-year forecast and supply plan filed with the Massachusett Department of Public Utilities, and described plans for...

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Cost, access among barriers to state reaching goal of 300,000 electric cars
Nov14

Cost, access among barriers to state reaching goal of 300,000 electric cars

BOSTON — Since 1990, Massachusetts’ greenhouse gas emissions have decreased in each major sector except one — transportation, the sector producing the most emissions. To help reduce these emissions, Massachusetts has set a goal of putting 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025. But the high upfront costs of these vehicles put them beyond the reach of many families and communities. Government officials and advocacy groups say...

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Mineral, gem enthusiasts marvel at nature during GCC show
Nov11

Mineral, gem enthusiasts marvel at nature during GCC show

GREENFIELD — Larry Bull has always had an interest in nature. Growing up, he collected everything from pinecones to leaves, eventually stumbling upon the hobby of collecting rocks. “Once I started picking ‘em up, I had to learn what the heck they were,” Bull said. But he never imagined he would be a dealer one day. Bull was one of numerous rock, mineral, crystal, gemstone and fossil dealers that encircled the Cohn Family Dining...

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Valley Views: Red leaf in Montague
Nov10

Valley Views: Red leaf in Montague

Red Leaf Route 47, Montague Photograph and text by Jeffrey Pilger, Haydenville The day before Halloween began with the storm moving away and the gusts of wind fading. The sun came out and the fall colors began to show themselves. What had started as a dull any day had turned into a beautiful fall one. I was traveling through Montague where there is a small pond on Route 47. There are often birds there to photograph but not so on that...

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US  may be like unhappy dinner guest at climate talks
Nov10

US may be like unhappy dinner guest at climate talks

WASHINGTON — How’s this for awkward? The United States has a delegation at international climate talks in Bonn that will be telling other nations what they should do on a treaty that the president wants no part of. President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate pact where nations set their own goals to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases, but because of legal technicalities America can’t...

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