Washed out: Northampton area sees 3-plus inches of rain in wake of Hurricane Florence
Sep18

Washed out: Northampton area sees 3-plus inches of rain in wake of Hurricane Florence

NORTHAMPTON — Torrential rain from Hurricane Florence drenched parts of the Valley on Tuesday, causing several road closures but no major problems. The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning for Hampshire, Franklin, Northern Worcester, and Northwestern Middlesex counties that was in effect from Tuesday morning through early afternoon. A National Weather Service preliminary storm report showed that Northampton had...

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Hurricane Florence remnants bring flash flood warning to Pioneer Valley
Sep18

Hurricane Florence remnants bring flash flood warning to Pioneer Valley

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Northern Worcester County, Hampshire County, Northwestern Middlesex County and Franklin County that will be in effect until 12:45 PM. Northampton, Holyoke, South Hadley, Belchertown, Amherst, and Easthampton are among areas that could see flooding, according to the NWS warning. Lenore Correia, a meteorologist at NWS Boston/Norton, said that rainfall totals as of Tuesday...

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Stuart Harris: Let the swallow barn stand
Sep18

Stuart Harris: Let the swallow barn stand

Let the swallow barn stand I have been in business in Massachusetts for over 40 years as a carpenter/builder, and I specialize in old building repair. I have reviewed the condition of the former Bri-Mar Horse Stable and find it to be well built and structurally sound despite its post construction. However, the past and current removal of interior plank walls obviously weakens the structure because those walls were designed to brace...

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Deerfield residents worry about tree clearing for solar array
Sep18

Deerfield residents worry about tree clearing for solar array

DEERFIELD — Residents have voiced concern over changes in landscape that seem to accompany plans for a solar project slated for a 20-acre site at 100 Railroad Yard Road on property owned by Pan Am Southern. John Drobinski and Kyle Purdy of Boston-based Environmental Resources Management, the consulting service applying for a special permit on behalf of Mass RE:12 LLC, appeared before the Deerfield Planning Board this week at a public...

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Florence pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms
Sep17

Florence pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

  RALEIGH, N.C. — Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution. State officials also were monitoring the ongoing threat from the breach of a Duke Energy coal ash landfill near...

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Nancy Goodman: Barn swallows and ‘broken’ trust
Sep17

Nancy Goodman: Barn swallows and ‘broken’ trust

Barn swallows and ‘broken’ trust I am a member of the Friends of Fort River Refuge volunteer group and very involved in efforts to save the stables on the refuge where a large colony of barn swallows nest annually. This property is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Gazette has previouslycovered this issue. The USFWS held a public meeting on Aug. 16 and presented five potential options for the future of the stables. At...

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