$162K grant to support clean energy projects in Northfield
Sep28

$162K grant to support clean energy projects in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — A $162,303 grant from the state Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division will fund multiple projects proposed by the Northfield Energy Committee.Susan O’Connor, chair of the Energy Committee, explained the bulk of the grant — $140,503 — will be used to upgrade the ventilation system and related controls at Northfield Elementary School. “These improvements will support not only energy efficiency and...

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Colrain fish kill, one year later
Sep24

Colrain fish kill, one year later

COLRAIN — Just more than a year after a sulphuric acid leak reportedly killed tens of thousands of fish in the North River, Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. says it has been working with state agencies and external experts to improve its site infrastructure across all areas of operation.“We are committed to continuously improving our impact on the environment and look forward to sharing our progress on this journey with the community in...

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Volunteers sought for Saturday tree planting effort in Greenfield
Sep22

Volunteers sought for Saturday tree planting effort in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tree Committee, the Greenfield Department of Public Works and the Franklin Land Trust are seeking volunteers to help plant trees around the perimeter of Lunt Field on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.According to a press release from Melissa Patterson-Serrill, director of community outreach and education with the Franklin Land Trust, the effort is part of a plan to plant up to 800 trees throughout...

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Freemasons, Friends of the Pukcommeagon get dirty for clean waterways
Sep18

Freemasons, Friends of the Pukcommeagon get dirty for clean waterways

COLRAIN — Passersby on Green River Road last weekend may have noticed a team of men and women, all wearing matching gray kerchiefs, hauling everything from mattress springs to pots and pans up from the riverbank. Members and friends of the Mountain Lodge of Masons in Shelburne Falls and the Friends of the Pukcommeagon spent the day on Sept. 12 cleaning up dump sites and debris along a 2-mile stretch of the road as part of this month’s...

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Judge hears arguments on motion to dismiss Wendell State Forest case, sets deadline for comments
Sep16

Judge hears arguments on motion to dismiss Wendell State Forest case, sets deadline for comments

GREENFIELD — Plaintiffs and defendants on Wednesday afternoon delivered statements pertaining to a motion to dismiss a lawsuit pitting a group of environmental activists against the state.Superior Court Judge Richard Carey heard arguments from three Wendell State Forest Alliance members and Assistant Attorney General Kendra Kinscherf. He gave the parties until Sept. 25 to submit additional written comments while he takes the motion...

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Area towns garner grants for forest conservation, nature-based tourism
Sep15

Area towns garner grants for forest conservation, nature-based tourism

ROWE — As part of a string of events celebrating Climate Week in Massachusetts, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides announced $225,000 in grants Monday to eight towns and a regional economic development organization in the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership region.Speaking alongside local officials at Pelham Lake in Rowe, Theoharides said the funding will support forest stewardship and conservation, trail...

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