1. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission celebrates 50th birthday

    Pioneer Valley Planning Commission celebrates 50th birthday

    On Sept. 11, 1962, the start-up planning group won recognition as a public agency, thus qualifying it for state and federal funding. At a brief ceremony, the state commerce secretary presented the official paperwork to commission chairman, Edward C. Peck, of West Springfield.  From helping to clean up the Connecticut, Deerfield, Westfield and Chicopee rivers and spearheading creation of the Norwottuck Rail Trail to the helping establish the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, the planning commission has left its mark in 43 cities and towns across the Pioneer Valley.

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