1. Articles from John Appleton, The Republican

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    1. Ware hires PDS Engineering & Construction of Connecticut as contractor for $7 million new fire station

      Selectmen have hired a contractor for the $7 million fire station construction project. Demolition work has been going on at the 200 West St. site by Associated Building Wreckers of Springfield and was nearly finished Friday as workers were grinding up some of the debris to be used as fill. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Oct. 24 to hire PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc., of Bloomfield, Conn., as the general contractor at a price of $5.4 million.
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    2. Western Massachusetts railroad improvements will cut travel time between Connecticut and Vermont

      Western Massachusetts railroad improvements will cut travel time between Connecticut and Vermont
      Improvements on the Pan Am Rail line from Springfield to Northfield in the next two years will allow the Amtrak’s Vermonter line to move back to its original route, reduce travel time and restore passenger service to Northampton and Greenfield, the nation’s top railroad official said Thursday.
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    3. Hampshire Council of Governments applies to become default electricity supplier to 22 communities

      Hampshire Council of Governments applies to become default electricity supplier to 22 communities
      Kenneth E. Elstein, the electricity specialist for the Council of Governments, said all residential and business customers will have the option of staying with their current suppliers, National Grid or Western Massachusetts Electric Co., but the alternative program will guarantee a lower price initially.
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    4. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to host hearing on water infrastructure

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to host hearing on water infrastructure
      This commission is looking at fair and equitable means of financing water infrastructure investments, including the role of fees, rates, taxes, loans, grants and other financial vehicles; conservation and efficiency programs and the potential for savings through consolidation, coordination, reorganization, or regionalization.
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    5. State officials present certificates of Green Communities grant eligibility to Athol, Greenfield, Montague and Palmer

      “Greenfield, Athol, Palmer and Montague are among the commonwealth’s municipal clean energy pacesetters, setting an example for the many other cities and towns we hope will meet the criteria to be Green Communities and apply for our next round of grants next year,” Energy Resources Commissioner Phil Giudice said during the ceremony. Thirty-five of the state’s 351 cities and towns qualified for Green Communities status earlier this year and will share in the first round of $8.1 million in grants. Belchertown, Easthampton, Holyoke, Northampton and Springfield also made the list.
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    6. Belchertown officials enthusiastic about Weston Solutions potential to develop former state school parcel

      Belchertown officials enthusiastic about Weston Solutions potential to develop former state school parcel
      The town’s economic development board and selectmen are enthusiastic that a potential buyer and master developer of a large portion of the former Belchertown State School has the resources and experience to build housing, shops, offices and an assisted-living facility there.
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    7. Town officials hope MassDevelopment can help them market former Belchertown State School property

      After years of working as a group of volunteers trying to bring major development projects to the former Belchertown State School property, the town development corporation is entering an agreement with experts at MassDevelopment who have experience with large projects throughout the state.
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    8. Springfield in line for $900,000 to $1 million in Massachusetts Green Communities grants

      Springfield in line for $900,000 to $1 million in Massachusetts Green Communities grants
      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday he wants to use the city’s share of the $8.1 million grant pool to expand the existing policy of buying fuel-efficient vehicles and put some of the funds into renovating and enlarging the Clifford A. Phaneuf Environmental Center in Forest Park.
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