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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...

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FERC solicits public comment for FirstLight relicensing projects
03-01-2024 11:28 AM

BY BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted the relicensing application for FirstLight’s hydroelectric dam in Turners Falls and pump storage facility in Northfield and area residents now have 60 days to submit comments on the...


Play it again, Sam: Shea Theater to show ‘Lovejoy’s Nuclear War’ to mark 50th anniversary of Montague tower toppling
02-09-2024 12:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

In the fall of 1973, Wendell resident Dan Keller drove to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to pick up friend Sam Lovejoy and mentioned to his pal that he wouldn’t believe what had been built back home on the Montague Plains.The two drove...


UMass, USGS researchers get grant to test out new fish ladder
09-22-2023 4:06 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts and U.S. Geological Survey are teaming up to address the impact of hydropower installations on fish migration patterns, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy they...


Carson Poe: Make roads safer for most vulnerable
09-12-2023 3:55 PM

It is important that people have the opportunity to express their feelings about developments in their communities. However, public policies should be based on facts, not feelings. The recent letter to the editor opining on how bicycle lanes make...


State of Florida man arrested, charged in Turners Falls shooting case
08-31-2023 9:34 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Florida man who was the subject of an hourslong search Tuesday after allegedly shooting a Turners Falls man in the thigh was arrested as a vehicle passenger in Holyoke later that day and arraigned in Greenfield District Court...


Arrest made in Turners Falls shooting; victim expected to recover
08-30-2023 4:57 PM

Shooting victim expected to recoverTURNERS FALLS — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting that left one person with non-life-threatening injuries in the Patch neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, according to State Police Trooper...


South Deerfield man looks to inspire with Shea Theater talk on cancer battle
08-29-2023 12:22 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer about seven years ago, South Deerfield resident Frank Marchand, 67, doesn’t expect his life to last much longer. And yet, the 47-year plumber isn’t worried about what’s down the pipeline for him.“Do...


McGovern’s PLANT Act would increase research, production in plant-based food industry
08-08-2023 5:08 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Saying that now is the time to embrace the “enormous potential that plant-based foods have to strengthen our economy and our food system,” U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced a bill in Congress that aims to strengthen the American...


South Deerfield Water Supply District gets $213K for lead pipe inventory
07-30-2023 6:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A new state grant will give one of the town’s water suppliers a renewed look at its underground infrastructure.The South Deerfield Water Supply District recently received a $213,000 planning grant from the state Clean Water Trust to...


Bay State Games: Southeast nabs softball gold medal with win over West (PHOTOS)
07-13-2023 5:59 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

DEVENS — Sequels rarely measure up.The West softball team faced Southeast twice on the final day of Bay State Games competition Thursday. Their first matchup concluded pool play, and both teams had already secured a rematch in the afternoon gold medal...


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...


(Egg)shell shock: Avian flu, gas prices and more contributing to high price of eggs
01-26-2023 7:49 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The United States is experiencing the deadliest bird flu outbreak in its history, labor costs continue to increase and the national average price of gas hovers around $3.40 per gallon.But what’s that got to do with the price of eggs? It turns out,...


Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center renowned for cutting edge research
07-12-2017 9:20 AM

By FRAN RYAN

TURNERS FALLS — Located adjacent to the Connecticut River in Turners Falls, the Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center is one of the world’s leading research facilities on the study of migrating fish species and the development of state of...


Black bear in tree captivates Turners Falls residents
04-13-2017 12:00 AM

By JOSHUA SOLOMON

TURNERS FALLS — A black bear was the main attraction in town on Wednesday.Cars slowed down by the intersection of Montague and Dell streets, with some people getting out to see if the town’s sleepy neighbor was still hanging out up a tall tree in a...

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