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Municipal officials, residents air concerns with FirstLight at MassDEP hearing
06-01-2024 1:37 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — As FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. advances its decade-long license renewal to continue operating its facilities on the Connecticut River, municipal officials and residents voiced concerns over its potential environmental impacts to...

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S. Hadley administrator accepts Pioneer principal position
06-06-2024 3:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — An assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School has accepted the principal position Pioneer Valley Regional School. Annie Scanlan-Emigh, an educator for 17 years, is making her way up Interstate 91 to join Pioneer, where she is...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-23-2024 5:05 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of the Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are...


Valley lawmakers seek shorter license for FirstLight hydropower projects
05-09-2024 8:03 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — Area lawmakers are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to limit the relicensing of FirstLight’s hydropower projects from 50 years to 30 years and to mandate the company disclose more data to the public about its...


Robert Dickerman: Does AIPAC really represent the U.S. Jewish community?
01-02-2024 4:13 PM

American politicians could abruptly halt the destruction and carnage in Gaza by threatening to suspend aid and trade to Israel. One reason that politicians haven’t done this is that they fear losing the support of AIPAC and the Jewish vote. American...


Bob Henry: School Committee SRO failure
07-31-2023 4:46 PM

The Northfield School Committee, I believe of seven, recently voted unanimously to not have an school resource officer (SRO) in the district. While the Northfield Selectboard of five … overwhelmingly favored having an SRO in the district. How do we as...


‘Have a pint outside, watch the fireflies’: Where to drink craft beer outside in Franklin County
07-21-2023 1:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

To all of you out there reading this online or in print, there is something I desperately need to confess: For a portion of my July, I have been drinking on the job.But, in my defense, my editor told me to.The number of craft breweries has exploded...


FirstLight settlement draws mixed response
04-03-2023 3:29 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

TURNERS FALLS — In what the company says is a “huge win for the environment,” FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. is promising to spend $152 million on upgrades at its three facilities on the Connecticut River as part of its new 50-year licensee renewal...


Guest columnist Judy Wagner: The spring of justice
01-08-2023 4:13 PM

By JUDY WAGNER

The first measurable snow of this winter gently and persistently covered the landscape in a soft blanket of white for two days. Trees were flocked and decorated. Grasses were smoothed; hardly any drifts marked the surfaces. It was a peaceful scene,...


Nourse Farms buying Five Acre Farm in Northfield
08-14-2018 12:32 AM

By MAX MARCUS

NORTHFIELD — In preparation for a change of ownership, Five Acre Farm is closing its retail store on Aug. 26.The farm is being sold to Nourse Farms in Whately, which specializes in strawberries and bramble plants.Bill Randall, the founder and owner of...

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