Land Trust on Verge of Saving Farmland

Almost all the money needed to save 57 acres of farmland from development has been raised by a local land trust. The land is in New Hampshire, less than a mile from Massachusetts and Vermont. “We have raised a little over $250,000,” David Kotker told the Valley Post on August 20. “We still need to raise about $4,000.” Kotker works for the Mount Grace land trust, which has a web site at www.MountGrace.org.

Photo: Fracked Gas Rally

This photo was taken on August 6 in Northfield, Massachusetts, near Greenfield. It shows a rally at the site of a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked gas. A steady stream of cars passed by, many of whose drivers gave the protesters a thumbs up sign. The hour-long rally happens every Thursday. It starts at 4:30 p.m. To get there, from the corner of Main Street and Maple Street in Northfield, go 2.7 miles on Maple Street. Maple Street starts at Main Street and becomes Gulf Road.

Fracked Gas Rally is July 29

On July 29 in Greenfield, there will be a rally against a proposed fracked gas pipeline. The rally starts at 5 p.m. outside the Greenfield Middle School at 195 Federal Street. At 6:30 p.m. at the school, federal regulators will hold a public hearing about the proposal.

Fracked Gas Rally is June 11

On June 11 in Greenfield, there will be a rally against a proposed fracked gas pipeline. The rally starts at 6 p.m. outside the Greenfield Middle School at 195 Federal Street. At 7 p.m. at the school, state regulators will hold a public hearing about the proposal.

The proposal comes from Texas-based Kinder Morgan Corporation. The pipeline would carry gas that is mined using a process called “fracking,” which poisons drinking water. Fracked gas is a fossil fuel. It causes climate change, which the world's leading scientists say is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life.

Sierra Leone All-Stars Concert is April 25

The Sierra Leone All-Stars will perform a public concert near Greenfield on April 25 at 7 p.m. The concert is a fundraiser for a group that helps poor people in Africa. It will be at the Shea Theater in Turner's Falls, Massachusetts.

Daniel Kasnitz is a member of the board of directors of the theater. He told the Valley Post there will be room for people to dance at the concert.

Tickets are available at www.TheShea.org. The money will go to a group whose web site is www.kawda.info.

Climate March is April 5

On April 5, there will be a march near Greenfield to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked gas from near Albany, New York to near Boston. March organizers say the public is invited to join. Fracked gas is a fossil fuel; it causes climate change. The world's leading scientists say climate change is a serious threat to earth's ability to support human life.

The five mile march will be from Deerfield, Massachusetts to Turner's Falls, Massachusetts. The start time and the exact starting point will be announced soon at www.PipelinePilgrimage.org, organizers say.

Towns Vote to Fight Pipeline

Four New Hampshire towns near Keene are opposing plans to build a fracked gas pipeline through their towns. The towns border Massachusetts. At annual town meeting day votes on March 10 and March 11, residents of Fitzwilliam, Rindge, Troy and Winchester voted to direct their towns' select boards to lobby state and federal regulators to fight the proposal by Texas-based Kinder Morgan Corporation. The pipeline would carry gas that is mined using a process called “fracking,” which poisons drinking water.

100 at Public Hearing for Proposed Bike-Ped Bridge

About 100 supporters of a proposed bicycle-pedestrian bridge over the Connecticut river in Northfield, Massachusetts attended a meeting with state officials. Northfield borders Vermont and is near Greenfield. No one opposed the bridge at the meeting. State senator Stan Rosenberg was at the October 30 meeting in Northfield.

Photo: March to Stop Proposed Gas Pipeline

This photo shows some of the people who are marching from the New York border in Richmond, Massachusetts to Boston to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked gas. On July 13, the march will be near Greenfield. The public is invited to take part in any or all of the march. More information is at:

www.NoFrackedGasInMass.org/rolling-march

The march started on July 6.

photo by Rose Wessel of www.NoFrackedGasInMass.org

To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image."

Wal-Mart versus Wilderness in Greenfield

Around the nation and around the world, former sand and gravel pits have been restored to wilderness wildlife habitat. In Greenfield, Wal-Mart wants to pave a former sand and gravel pit on French King Highway near Route 2. Wal-Mart wants to build a giant “big box” store and acres of parking lots at the site.

Wal-Mart is owned by the world's richest family, the Waltons. They pay at or barely above the minimum wage in the United States, and among the world's lowest wages at their factories in China.