Group seeks national status for Deerfield River
Nov27

Group seeks national status for Deerfield River

The Greenfield-based Deerfield River Watershed Association is seeking support from area towns in its pursuit to designate the Deerfield River and its associated tributaries as a National Wild and Scenic River.“The Deerfield River is an incredible resource and natural asset for our region and our communities,” said Chris Curtis, who sits on the watershed association’s board of directors. “It has some of the best whitewater boating and...

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Regional pollinator project expected to be finished by end of June
Nov26

Regional pollinator project expected to be finished by end of June

Eight Franklin County towns, assisted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), are making progress on a regional pollinator project that is expected to be finished by the end of June, ensuring pollinators have a safe place to live, eat, nest and thrive.The towns that are participating so far — called Pollinator Corridor Towns — are Bernardston, Conway, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, Orange, Shelburne and Wendell. FRCOG’s...

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Three dual use solar arrays proposed for Pine Meadow Road in Northfield
Nov26

Three dual use solar arrays proposed for Pine Meadow Road in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — The Planning Board held preliminary discussions regarding three potential “dual use” solar arrays proposed for Pine Meadow Road during its most recent meeting last week.The meeting, held via Zoom, saw about 15 people in virtual attendance between residents and members of various town boards to hear from Rich Riccio of Field Engineering and Jackie Firsty of the Boston-based BlueWave Solar, the proposed developers. Future...

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Northfield Sewer Commission expects MassDEP enforcement order next month
Nov25

Northfield Sewer Commission expects MassDEP enforcement order next month

NORTHFIELD — The Sewer Commission is expecting to receive a list of required repairs to the town Wastewater Treatment Plant next month, after meeting Tuesday with members of the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for an “enforcement conference.” Selectboard Chair and Sewer Commission member Alex Meisner described Tuesday’s meeting with MassDEP employees as a “simple legal conference.” During last week’s Selectboard...

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Nearly $8M in potential upgrades at Northfield water treatment plant required by state
Nov19

Nearly $8M in potential upgrades at Northfield water treatment plant required by state

NORTHFIELD — During Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting, Chair Alex Meisner, who is also a member of the Northfield Sewer Commission, said the town would be seeking financial assistance for nearly $8 million in potential required improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.Meisner said the commission received a letter from the state Department of Environment Protection (MassDEP), asking members to attend an “enforcement conference” via...

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Northfield supports Dept. of Fish and Game land acquisition
Nov18

Northfield supports Dept. of Fish and Game land acquisition

NORTHFIELD – The Northfield Selectboard approved Tuesday the acquisition of land by the Department of Fish and Game to be maintained as open space.Selectboard Chair Alex Meisner said he received a request for the approximately 9.22 acre plot.According to Town Administrator Andrea Llamas, the property is located off of Old Vernon Road and is currently owned by Nourse Realty LLC.Selectboard member Barbara Jacque said the property is...

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