Enviornment Down to Earth with Naila Moreira: Reading the rocks
Aug13

Enviornment Down to Earth with Naila Moreira: Reading the rocks

Geologist Mark Brandriss of Smith College is bent almost double on the shoulder of Route 5, his bare hands buried in vines. He’s yanking invasive plants off the face of a rock cliff just south of East Street.“It’s just ravenous, this stuff. This is the thickest overgrowth I’ve ever seen here,” he says. “Gotta keep the outcrops clear until I retire, and then it’s someone else’s problem.” He pauses, breathing hard on this 96 degree July...

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Down to Earth with Naila Moreira: Reading the rocks
Aug13

Down to Earth with Naila Moreira: Reading the rocks

Geologist Mark Brandriss of Smith College is bent almost double on the shoulder of Route 5, his bare hands buried in vines. He’s yanking invasive plants off the face of a rock cliff just south of East Street.“It’s just ravenous, this stuff. This is the thickest overgrowth I’ve ever seen here,” he says. “Gotta keep the outcrops clear until I retire, and then it’s someone else’s problem.” He pauses, breathing hard on this 96 degree July...

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Four Wendell State Forest protesters arrested
Aug13

Four Wendell State Forest protesters arrested

WENDELL — Multiple protesters were arrested Monday as the state logging project in Wendell State Forest continues.The Wendell State Forest Alliance, a group protesting the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s logging project, has been on site at the forest since Aug. 5. The group objects to the harvesting of an 80-acre, 110-year-old oak stand, citing studies indicating that forest preservation is crucial to combating...

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State Democrats pass resolution for presidential debate on climate
Aug10

State Democrats pass resolution for presidential debate on climate

EASTHAMPTON — With more than 100 climate activists looking on, the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee voted unanimously Saturday morning in favor of a resolution encouraging national party leaders to support a presidential primary debate centered on climate change and green job creation.Earlier in the day, local activists and members of the Sunrise Movement, a group of young advocates calling for decisive action on climate...

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Changes proposed to Mill Village Road marijuana cultivation site plan
Aug09

Changes proposed to Mill Village Road marijuana cultivation site plan

DEERFIELD — The Planning Board has decided to hold a public hearing with the Selectboard about proposed revised stormwater plans for propane storage at the 198 Mill Village Road project.Earlier this year, GOGRIZ, LLC purchased the property expected to be operated by Suns Mass Inc. for marijuana cultivation. Changes have been proposed to the project’s site plan for various reasons and Christopher Chamberland, a civil engineer with The...

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Diversification the secret behind Bar-Way Farm’s century of success
Aug05

Diversification the secret behind Bar-Way Farm’s century of success

DEERFIELD — Steven Melnik used horses when he started his farm in 1919.A century later, his great-grandson can use his smartphone to turn on the pumps at a 750,000-gallon methane digester that makes bedding for dairy cows, as well as electricity, fertilizer and heat.“I think something like that … my great-grandfather would be the most mystified at,” Peter Melnik said last week at Bar-Way Farm. “If you think about the evolution, he was...

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