Easthampton adopts comprehensive plastic use ban
Oct21

Easthampton adopts comprehensive plastic use ban

EASTHAMPTON — The city is banning the use of a number of nonreusable plastic items within its borders, including single-use plastic checkout bags, in what supporters say is a comprehensive measure designed to help the environment.“This was something that was really important to me,” said City Councilor Owen Zaret, who introduced the legislation.The ban, passed unanimously by the City Council on Oct. 14, is set to go into effect in one...

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Free composting workshop set for Wednesday
Oct19

Free composting workshop set for Wednesday

The Food Waste Reduction and Composting Working Group of the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance, sponsored by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, has taught local communities about composting for the home, business, restaurant and event. Now, this group is offering a more in-depth look at composting with a free workshop. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., registered participants will go on a socially distanced, guided tour of Clear...

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Weekly gatherings promote conversations on Climate Change
Oct18

Weekly gatherings promote conversations on Climate Change

WARWICK — Just over a year ago, Warwick resident Steven Kurkoski stood alone in the town center, holding a sign that read “Climate Emergency is Now.” Now, 12 months later, more than a dozen people show up with handmade signs each Saturday to raise awareness about climate change.“It is an attempt to bring awareness to the climate emergency,” said Janice Kurkoski, Steven’s wife.Every Saturday, the group convenes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30...

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Weekly gatherings in Warwick promote conversations on climate change
Oct18

Weekly gatherings in Warwick promote conversations on climate change

WARWICK — Just over a year ago, Warwick resident Steven Kurkoski stood alone in the town center, holding a sign that read “Climate Emergency is Now.” Now, 12 months later, more than a dozen people show up with handmade signs each Saturday to raise awareness about climate change.“It is an attempt to bring awareness to the climate emergency,” said Janice Kurkoski, Steven’s wife.Every Saturday, the group convenes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30...

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Officials to spend day paddling to raise awareness about Connecticut River’s importance
Oct16

Officials to spend day paddling to raise awareness about Connecticut River’s importance

Work will be a bit different on Monday for many local and state officials who will spend the day kayaking down the Connecticut River as part of an inaugural event designed to highlight the river’s importance to the region’s vitality.The contingent in the event, called “A Tribute(ary) to the Connecticut River,” will begin in Northfield and make stops at several communities along the way.State Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, is...

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Connecticut River Conservancy granted $11,250 for microplastics study in watershed
Oct15

Connecticut River Conservancy granted $11,250 for microplastics study in watershed

GREENFIELD — The Connecticut River Conservancy has been awarded $11,250 for to study microplastics in the Connecticut River Watershed, as part of a recent round of grants from the Baker-Polito Administration.Plastic debris in aquatic environments is a contaminant of emerging concern, and the study will help to better understand the presence, composition or sources of microplastics in Massachusetts rivers. The Connecticut River...

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