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    1. Tennesee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop

      Tennesee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plans to expand its Agawam compressor station and install a new two-mile pipeline loop to help Columbia Gas of Massachusetts grow its customer base in the Pioneer Valley. Tennesee hosted a site visit in July; plans are described in a 315-page environmental notification form Tennessee filed with Massachusetts regulators in June; and the deadline for public comment was today. Tennessee's new 12-inch diameter buried pipeline would start at the 1615 Suffield Street compressor, cross the road, head north, and cross Shoemaker Lane, Gold Street, and Silver Street before terminating at a tie-in for Columbia's ...

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    2. New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      In May, a Nebraska company finalized purchase of Berkshire Power Company, LLC, and its 229-megawatt natural gas generator off Shoemaker Lane. Wednesday night, representatives from Tenaska assured the City Council they plan to prioritize safety and the environment in running the 18-year-old power plant, while also giving back to the community. "We have a reputation for safe, reliable, environmentally responsible operation," said Jason Behrens, Tenaska's vice president of strategic development and acquisitions.

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    3. Agawam gets $800,000 in CDBG grants for housing rehab and town hall accessibility

      Agawam gets $800,000 in CDBG grants for housing rehab and town hall accessibility

      Housing rehabilitation and town hall accessibility will get a boost under a competitive Community Development Block Grant awarded to the city this week. Mayor Bill Sapelli traveled to the State House in Boston Friday to accept the $799,750 award from the Department of Housing and Community Development. "We would like to thank the Baker-Polito administration for their generous award and continued support of Agawam and all of Western Massachusetts," said Sapelli.

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    4. Greenfield library gets $9.4 million grant for new building

      Greenfield library gets $9.4 million grant for new building

      Plans to build a new library on Main Street got a boost with the announcement of a $9.38 million state grant. Saturday afternoon, project supporters gathered to celebrate the news from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The entire project cost is around $20.5 million, so the grant halves the amount that might be paid from municipal funds -- and the Greenfield Public Library Association said it would raise funds to further soften the tax blow.

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    5. Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer...

      Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer...

      Western Massachusetts could see an infusion of public dollars for capital projects under a $2 billion environmental bond bill passed by the state Senate last week. Wish-list amendments to the bill, successfully tacked on by the region's senators, include extending bike paths, upgrading water and sewer plants, fixing dams and reservoirs, cleaning up lakes and rivers, boosting outdoor recreation and improving urban parks.

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    6. Developer signs option agreement to preserve Mt. Tom land in Easthampton

      Developer signs option agreement to preserve Mt. Tom land in Easthampton

      If all goes as planned, nearly 24 acres on the northwestern flank of Mount Tom will be preserved as open space, with parking and access to hiking trails, rather than built as a subdivision called "Red Tail Drive." Developer Gary Campbell last week signed an option agreement with the Amherst-based Kestrel Land Trust, confirmed Mark Wamsley, the organization's conservation manager. He said Easthampton's Passcommuck Conservation Trust helped with funding, and that a pot of money is now being held in escrow.

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    7. Easthampton 'playing hard' for redevelopment of One Ferry Street

      Easthampton 'playing hard' for redevelopment of One Ferry Street

      The derelict 1903 mill complex at One Ferry Street has long been vacant, but now Mayor Nicole LaChapelle hopes two geographically targeted initiatives will help draw investment.  A "district improvement financing" area surrounding One Ferry would allow additional tax revenue generated by new growth to finance related public infrastructure. The DIF mechanism is described under Chapter 40Q of state law.

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      Mentions: Amherst Easthampton
    8. Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill

      Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill

      Massachusetts would run on 100-percent renewable power by 2047 under comprehensive energy legislation passed by the state Senate Thursday night. The idealistic goal would be reached by increasing the state's renewable portfolio standard by 3 percent every year, instead of the current 1 percent. The RPS dictates how much renewable energy electrical utilities such as Eversource and National Grid must buy.

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    9. Businessman Naresh Patel to buy Whiskerz Pub in Easthampton

      Businessman Naresh Patel to buy Whiskerz Pub in Easthampton

      Local businessman Naresh K. Patel is buying a popular downtown bar from a popular downtown bar owner. Patel on June 4 told the Easthampton Licensing Board that he plans to purchase Whiskerz Pub, including the business and building at 71-77 Cottage St., from Eugene "Joe" Bernier Jr. The building includes the first floor commercial space and four apartments on the second floor.  The three-member board unanimously approved the liquor license transfer from Whiskerz Pub, Inc., managed by Bernier since 2002, to Easthampton Sports Bar Inc., doing business as "Eagles Sports Bar," with Patel as manager.

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    10. Northampton bike path tunnel under railroad tracks celebrated at grand opening

      Northampton bike path tunnel under railroad tracks celebrated at grand opening

      The days when rail-trail cyclists would illegally carry their bicycles over the former Pan Am railroad tracks when traveling from Amherst to Northampton are over. Thursday morning, officials cut the ribbon on a $4.4 million two-lane cast concrete tunnel underneath the tracks, which are now owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and actively used by freight lines and the high-speed Amtrak Vermonter. The bike tunnel connects the Norwottuck Rail Trail -- which originates in Belchertown, goes through Amherst and Hadley, and crosses the Connecticut River -- with rail trail networks in Northampton and Easthampton. The underpass actually opened in November ...

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    11. Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Massive pre-cast concrete panels will be delivered from Vermont on trucks, and Olive Street will close from June 11 to July 14 as a downtown parking garage is assembled. The project is expected to finish before Oct. 31, and will cost $10.1 million, said Mayor Bill Martin. The 261 65-foot blocks will be plucked from 85-foot trailers by a crane, swung, and stacked into place, according to the Greenfield Recorder.  Between 12 and 15 sections will be delivered a day.

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    12. Connecticut River cleanup effort turns 25; environment secretary Matt Beaton to speak in...

      Connecticut River cleanup effort turns 25; environment secretary Matt Beaton to speak in...

      The Connecticut River Cleanup Committee is still hard at work, and on April 11, the group will celebrate "25 years of collaboration across local boundaries to protect our valley's most beloved waterway." Massachusetts energy and environment secretary Matthew Beaton will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast event, to be held at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in Springfield. The Connecticut River flows through more than 400 miles through four New England states to Long Island Sound. The iconic river is now significantly cleaner than it was decades ago. 

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    13. Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Top leaders with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, touring the state with a new logo and four-point strategic plan, stopped at the Holyoke Cultural Arts Center on Thursday to honor local lawmakers and celebrate the role of arts and culture in transforming communities. The state agency's "bold and vibrant" new message emphasizes "the power of culture" to fuel economic development, enliven communities, transform lives, and support equity and inclusion, said Mass Cultural Council president Anita Walker.

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    14. Farmers from 4 counties wined and dined by Harold Grinspoon Foundation at Northampton celebration

      Farmers from 4 counties wined and dined by Harold Grinspoon Foundation at Northampton celebration

      "When we're pitching Western Massachusetts to the rest of the world, our talented and innovative farmers distinguish us," said Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow. "Our agriculture gives us a comparative advantage." Lesser delivered brief remarks as farmers from Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties gathered for an evening of food, drink, and networking at Smith College. Wednesday's feast and celebration was hosted by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation with sponsorship from Big Y, Hood, Baystate Health, Farm Credit East, Sheraton Springfield, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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    15. Former West Springfield mayor Edward Gibson hired as Southampton's new town administrator

      Former West Springfield mayor Edward Gibson hired as Southampton's new town administrator

      Former West Springfield mayor Edward J. Gibson has been selected as the new town administrator. Gibson was one of three finalists interviewed by the Select Board Monday. The town had 12 applicants, and six were interviewed by a search committee, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The other finalists were Mari-Jon Adams, Greenfield's community development administrator, and Robert Peirent, former public works director of East Longmeadow. Members of the board pointed to Gibson's experience. Gibson was mayor of West Springfield from 2000 to 2012, and has been town administrator in Becket since 2013.

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    16. Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract

      Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract

      A company that wants to lay a high-voltage transmission cable under Lake Champlain in Vermont has pledged $20 million for low-income energy retrofits in Western Massachusetts if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major utility contract in the Bay State. TDI New England has pledged 20 years of funding, at $1 million annually, to Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions for deep energy retrofits to low-income homes, said Don Jessome, CEO of Transmission Developers, Inc.

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    17. State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appeared at Franklin County Technical School on Tuesday, where she awarded $1.33 million to eight workforce training organizations through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The program focuses on reaching veterans, groups with chronically high unemployment, and other adults historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector, and helps people gain marketable skills. The grants were awarded by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet, building on $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded earlier this year.

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    18. Citing Northampton-to-Easthampton trend, contractor developing small, high-end office spaces in Easthampton's Button Building

      Citing Northampton-to-Easthampton trend, contractor developing small, high-end office spaces in Easthampton's Button Building

      "A decade ago, you wouldn't even think about building something like this," said contractor Kevin Perrier. "Northampton was the place to be. Now, everyone's looking at Easthampton." Perrier, president and CEO of Five Star Building Corp., was referring to the 11 small, "high-end office spaces" he is developing in the Button Building at 123 Cottage St. "There's a need for this kind of space in Easthampton," he said. "I kept getting calls from people. They were looking for well-finished professional offices with modern amenities -- a place where they could meet with their clients."

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    19. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito presents Williamsburg with $12,500 check to plan 'community solar'...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito presents Williamsburg with $12,500 check to plan 'community solar'...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, accompanied by Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson and others, presented the check to Williamsburg officials during a visit to Western Massachusetts on Thursday. "When municipalities reduce their carbon footprints, they not only save money for residents, but help the state achieve its emission reduction goals," said Polito. "So thank you." The Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grants help designated Green Communities make good energy decisions. Funds in the amount of $661,000 were awarded to 56 cities and towns across Massachusetts this week.

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    20. Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land...

      Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land...

      The Horse Mountain ridge forms an iconic landscape element separating the towns of Williamsburg and Hatfield. Now 128 acres of the ecologically diverse forest land will be preserved forever, serving recreation, wildlife habitat, and resiliency in the face of climate change. Over the course of many months, Kestrel Land Trust worked with the two communities, secured grants, and helped coordinate a complicated process. The towns now own the land, with 34 acres in Williamsburg and 94 acres in Hatfield.

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    21. Massachusetts regulators approve Berkshire Gas 5-year plan, while insisting company must work to lift moratorium

      Massachusetts regulators approve Berkshire Gas 5-year plan, while insisting company must work to lift moratorium

      State regulators on Friday approved a required long-range planning document from Berkshire Gas, but did not immediately order the utility to lift a vexing natural gas service moratorium in the upper Pioneer Valley. Instead, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities acknowledged "an urgent need to end the moratorium as soon as practicable," and ordered Berkshire to provide progress reports every six months until the problem is solved. State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, on Tuesday called the order a "positive development" and said the DPU decision, while not perfect, "outlines a path forward" to restoring new natural gas service to ...

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    22. MBI and Comcast sign deal to bring broadband to Montgomery

      MBI and Comcast sign deal to bring broadband to Montgomery

      Comcast received an $805,800 grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to build a cable network in Montgomery, MBI announced this week. Town officials and Comcast still need to sign a cable franchise agreement. If that goes as planned, Comcast estimates it could have its cable network up and running by the end of 2018. Comcast has agreed to reach around 96 percent of the town's premises, or 360 homes and businesses. The arrangement was approved by town officials in April.

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    23. Easthampton Media to build new TV station and 'cultural media center' at Eastworks building

      Easthampton Media to build new TV station and 'cultural media center' at Eastworks building

      The city's public access television station, now housed at White Brook Middle School, plans to move into a new, state-of-the-art production studio by September. Easthampton Media recently won a $172,000 state grant to help build a "cultural media center" on the first floor of the Eastworks building at 116 Pleasant St. The new space will focus on digital story telling, performance, arts events, and engagement with the public, said executive direct Kathy Lynch. At its core will be modern television studio with 45 seats that can also double as a black-box theater.

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    24. Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has released state broadband grants to six more rural towns that plan to build their own high-speed fiber-to-the-home networks. Announced Wednesday were $6.8 million in direct infrastructure grants to Charlemont, Colrain, Cummington, Heath, New Salem, Otis, and Rowe. Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito administration awarded $4.6 millionto Ashfield, Leyden, Mt. Washington, Plainfield, Shutesbury, and Windsor.

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