A ‘new’ way to eat: NHS ditches plastic utensils
Jul19

A ‘new’ way to eat: NHS ditches plastic utensils

NORTHAMPTON — Last spring, the Environmental Club at Northampton High School began looking for ways to reduce the waste their school generated every day. “We were looking for ways to make our school more sustainable,” said 18-year-old Gretchen Saveson, a recent graduate who served as president of the club. One fact in particular stood out in their search: students in the cafeteria were throwing away as many as 300 Styrofoam trays and...

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Northampton launches energy-saving programs
Jul19

Northampton launches energy-saving programs

NORTHAMPTON — The city wants to help residents and businesses stay warmer this winter, more cheaply than before. Two new programs, HeatSmart Northampton and ener-G-save, will spread the word about energy-saving technologies and support their use. HeatSmart Northampton will assist residents in installing discounted cold-climate air source heat pumps. Ener-G-save will provide homeowners with free thermal images of their homes to...

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Blueberries are ready
Jul18

Blueberries are ready

They’ve got the blues, and they’ve got ’em bad. Cool temperatures this spring and early summer may have slowed the crop for Franklin County blueberry growers, but rainy conditions left the fruit plump and flavorful, say those farmers, who have berries ready for picking or, at least, picking up at farm stands and area markets. “We get a lot of people who drop in,” said Larry Flaccus of Kenburn Orchards in Shelburne, which has 1,500...

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Blueberries are ready: Pick ’em while you can
Jul18

Blueberries are ready: Pick ’em while you can

They’ve got the blues, and they’ve got ’em bad. Cool temperatures this spring and early summer may have slowed the crop for Franklin County blueberry growers, but rainy conditions left the fruit plump and flavorful, say those farmers, who have berries ready for picking or, at least, picking up at farm stands and area markets. “We get a lot of people who drop in,” said Larry Flaccus of Kenburn Orchards in Shelburne, which has 1,500...

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Inspector: Buckland garage must be vacated
Jul18

Inspector: Buckland garage must be vacated

BUCKLAND — While town officials deliberate over whether to build a new highway garage or renovate the current space, Building Inspector James Cerone says the town can’t stay in the garage it has been using for the past 2½ years. Cerone, of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ cooperative building inspection program, said the town went outside state law in renting the former factory building as a municipal garage back in...

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Need a new beverage? Tea Guys unveils sparkling drink
Jul18

Need a new beverage? Tea Guys unveils sparkling drink

WHATELY — Tea Guys has carbonated and bottled its brand into a refreshing sparkling tea. “People are looking for a healthier alternative to drink daily, and that’s what our sparkling teas are to us,” announced Tea Guys Founder Oliver Rich about a new line of six sparkling tea varieties. Rich described local tea-drinking connoisseurs, who were the first ones introduced to the new product, as “a vibrant audience. We’re in the right...

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