Residents worry about tree clearing for solar array
Sep14

Residents worry about tree clearing for solar array

DEERFIELD – Some residents have voiced concern over changes in landscape that seem to accompany plans for a ground-mounted 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...

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Westhampton solar project is granted special permit 
Sep14

Westhampton solar project is granted special permit 

WESTHAMPTON — Construction of an $8 million, 5-megawatt solar energy system will likely begin next spring after a French electricity company won approval for the project earlier this month. Should CVE North America Inc. be accepted into the state’s Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, construction could begin at a site off Montague and North roads next spring, according to Alexander Fox, the project’s business...

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Puerto Rican evacuees hunt for housing as vouchers expire
Sep13

Puerto Rican evacuees hunt for housing as vouchers expire

ORLANDO, Fla. — Like many Puerto Ricans who fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria, Jose Santiago has been scrambling to find a place to live. The federal vouchers that pay for his hotel room near the Orlando airport expire at checkout time Friday. He has visited apartment complexes, but his name gets put on waiting lists. He has applied for assistance for apartment housing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but it...

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Kick it up a notch at Sunderland’s Chilifest this weekend
Sep12

Kick it up a notch at Sunderland’s Chilifest this weekend

SUNDERLAND — Some like it hot. Some like it a tad sweet. Still others like it dried and smokey. Different people like different types of peppers, and they’re all welcome to enjoy the multifaceted and versatile food at Chilifest in Sunderland this weekend. Wife and husband Caroline Pam and Tim Wilcox, owners of Kitchen Garden Farm, started the festival in 2012 to bring together anyone passionate about their favorite ingredient and the...

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With severe storms approaching, what can the U.S. expect?
Sep12

With severe storms approaching, what can the U.S. expect?

Emergency officials are urging residents to prepare for severe storms that are forecast to hit the East Coast and Hawaii over the next week at what is the peak of this year’s hurricane season. Coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Florence is expected to make landfall Thursday as a level 3 hurricane or greater, steered by winds that could guide it as far south as Florida or as far north as New England. Meanwhile, Hurricane...

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The U.S. recycling industry is changing: How you can help
Sep12

The U.S. recycling industry is changing: How you can help

In the past few months, most major U.S. newspapers have published articles about the effect Chinese import changes have had on the recycling industry. Some American communities have made radical changes to their recycling programs, while others appear unaffected. Here is a brief overview of the situation, along with suggestions to help you increase the success of our local recycling programs. The Pioneer Valley tends to be a recycling...

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