Photo: Red, Orange Leaves in Greenfield

This photo was taken on September 14 in Greenfield. It shows pedestrians and a maple tree whose leaves are changing color. To enlarge the photo click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image."

photo by Eesha Williams

Photo: 120 At Local Wal-Mart Protest

On September 6 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, near Springfield, about 120 people protested at a Wal-Mart store. Some of the protesters met with the store’s manager. The protesters held signs and spoke with shoppers near the front door to the Wal-Mart. Then they marched to the public property at the end of the shopping center’s driveway where passing motorists could read their signs, wave, and honk their car horns in support.

Photo: Farmers and Train Tracks

This photo was taken on August 30 near Brattleboro. It shows farmers making haylage in a field between the Connecticut river and the train tracks that carry Amtrak passengers to New York City via Springfield, Mass. photo by Eesha Williams

Valley Nuke Protests

The below photo was taken on August 10. Dozens of kayaks and canoes were paddled by protesters near Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The reactor is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire. On August 6 at the gate to Vermont Yankee, police arrested eight women for non-violent civil disobedience. The arrested protesters were Linda Pon Owen, Ulrike von Moltke, Hattie Nestel, Marcia Gagliardi, Anneke Corbett, Frances Crowe, Susan Lantz and Ellen Graves. They can be reached via www.NukeBusters.org.

Photo: Construction Site on a Farm Field

This photo was taken on August 8 near Brattleboro. It shows construction workers preparing concrete molds on part of a farm field while farm workers hoe lettuce nearby. Between 1982 and 2000, the Connecticut river valley lost 27 percent of its farmland to Wal-Marts, parking lots, vacation houses for rich people, and other forms of so-called "development." That's according to a report by the Trust for Public Land, "The Connecticut River: Quintessential New England." Land trusts that are working to save farmland in our area have web sites at:

www.KestrelTrust.org

www.vlt.org

Photo: Downtown Holyoke

This photo was taken on July 20 in downtown Holyoke. Holyoke is home to about 40,100 people. Holyoke has the 2,200 acre Mount Tom state park, which has excellent hiking trails and vista points:

www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/mount-tom-state-rese...

One of the best restaurants in Holyoke is the Fernandez Family Restaurant:

www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g41614-d583730-Reviews-Fernandez_F...

Photos: Springfield Bank Protest

On July 11 in West Springfield, people protested at Wells Fargo Corporation, which has been forcing poor people out of their homes, while paying its CEO millions of dollars a year. The protest was organized by www.SpringfieldNoOneLeaves.org. It was at 171 Park Avenue. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size photo." photos by Springfield No One Leaves

Photo: Immigrant Activists From the Valley

This photo shows people from Springfield, Northampton, and Amherst. They were arriving at the statehouse in Boston. The photo was taken on July 10. They were lobbying in favor of the Trust Act, which would help immigrants. “If it comes into law, the Trust Act would establish a limit on state participation in deportation, delineating specifically when local or state police will participate in the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” Bliss Requa-Trautz told the Valley Post. She works for the western Massachusetts chapter of Jobs With Justice www.jwj.org.

Photo: Deerfield River

This photo shows the Deerfield river in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The Deerfield is one of the cleanest rivers in the region. It runs from Stratton mountain in Vermont to the Connecticut river in Greenfield. It's about 70 miles long and it drops about 2,000 feet in elevation. The information in this article is from www.DeerfieldRiver.org. The photo was taken on July 7. To enlarge the photo, click on it, the scroll down and click "see full size image." photo by Eesha Williams

Photo: Transportation Alternatives

This photo shows people on bicycles, on foot, and in a hybrid car, waiting for an Amtrak train to leave the Brattleboro station. The train stopped for less than five minutes. The photo was taken on June 22. Next year, Amtrak will travel much faster between Brattleboro and Springfield than it does now. It will stop in Greenfield and Northampton. To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image." photo by Eesha Williams