Earth Matters: Like a moth to a flame
Sep14

Earth Matters: Like a moth to a flame

We’ve all seen moths swirling around a light on a warm night, so familiar that we have the saying, “like a moth to a flame.” That sight is less common than it used to be. In many places, insects of all kinds are less common: populations are impacted by habitat destruction, lawn chemicals, traffic, exotic species and climate change. Also, individual lights become less attractive to insects as light pollution weakens their...

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15 protest sulphuric acid leak in North River
Sep10

15 protest sulphuric acid leak in North River

COLRAIN — About 15 people armed with signs and banners took to the bridge over the North River in Colrain on Monday to express dismay over the Sept. 1 sulphuric acid leak at nearby Barnhardt Manufacturing Company that resulted in thousands of fish deaths.Rhonda Anderson decided over the weekend to plan a demonstration in an attempt to generate more awareness of the leak and make sure Barnhardt is held accountable, not wanting this...

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Volunteers clean trash around Easthampton’s Lower Mill Pond
Sep09

Volunteers clean trash around Easthampton’s Lower Mill Pond

EASTHAMPTON — A group of volunteers came together on a chilly Saturday morning to pick up trash surrounding Lower Mill Pond and parts of the Manhan Rail Trail.Organized by the Connecticut River Conservancy and the company that puts on the Millpond.Live concert series, Laudable Productions, volunteers cleaned the boat launch at 2 Ferry St. and the area around Millside Park and the rail trail.Stacey Lennard is the events and special...

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Local group, biologists begin study of trout in Deerfield River
Sep07

Local group, biologists begin study of trout in Deerfield River

CHARLEMONT — Ted Castro-Santos carefully performed abdominal surgery on the shore of the Deerfield River. His “patients” were approximately 30 brown trout, each caught, anesthetized and fitted with an abdominal radio tag before being released into the river.These surgeries marked the beginning of a two-year study that will investigate the movement of brown trout in the Deerfield River. The radio tags will show where the trout are...

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MassWildlife: Tens of thousands died in North River fish kill
Sep06

MassWildlife: Tens of thousands died in North River fish kill

COLRAIN — The state’s assistant director of fisheries said it could take a few years for certain fish species to repopulate the North River following a sulphuric acid leak that he conservatively estimates killed tens of thousands of mostly small fish Sunday.Todd Richards of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said Thursday that native fish will replenish the river in time, though some species will do so sooner than others. An...

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Flower Farming in the Valley
Sep05

Flower Farming in the Valley

When Missy Bahret started her farm in Amherst 16 years ago, she wanted to grow flowers; she’s a proponent of their therapeutic properties and chose the Pioneer Valley for its rich soil and relatively temperate climate.Today, the 28-acre Old Friends Farm, which is certified organic, focuses mainly on salad greens for its core business, and only three of its 16 employees work on growing and harvesting flowers. But it’s Bahret’s favorite...

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