Nuke Protesters Hit Dozens of Interstate Overpasses in Valley

Traffic was heavy on Interstate 91 south in the Valley on the afternoon of October 8 as tourists from Connecticut returned home from seeing the fall foliage in Vermont over the Columbus Day weekend. The motorists saw dozens of giant "No Nukes" banners held by activists standing on bridges over the highway. The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone's throw from New Hampshire. More information is at www.NukeBusters.org. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image." photos by Eesha Williams

21 Arrested at Valley Nuke; Chamber of Commerce Occupied

In recent weeks, 21 people were arrested at the gates of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor for non-violent civil disobedience. Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

On September 23 at Yankee, 10 people were arrested. The protest was organized by the Burlington Quakers www.BurlingtonQuakers.org. On September 12, also at Yankee, 11 protesters were arrested in a protest organized by the Shut It Down Affinity Group, which can be contacted via Frances Crowe of Northampton, or www.NukeBusters.org.

Photos: March, Rally in Springfield for Justice, Against Big Banks

On September 5, there was a march in Springfield to protest banks that are forcing poor people out of their homes while paying their executives millions of dollars a year. The first photo shows some of the marchers in front of a building at the corner of Maple and Central streets. The march was organized by the same group that organized a rally on July 31 that drew more than 200 people.

The group’s web site is www.SpringfieldNoOneLeaves.org. Last year, the group organized non-violent civil disobedience at Bank of America in Springfield.

40 Arrested at Valley Nuke Protest

Forty anti-nuclear activists were arrested July 1 for non-violent civil disobedience at the entrance to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor. Supporters cheered from nearby. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone's throw from New Hampshire. It's owned by Entergy corporation of Louisiana.

The protest was organized by www.NukeBusters.org and other groups. Similar events are planned in the future. These photos were taken on July 1 at Vermont Yankee by Eesha Williams. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full-size image."

Photo: Fiddleheads

This photo was taken on May 4 at a park in Greenfield. It shows fiddleheads next to a stream. A fiddlehead is a baby fern. Some of the kinds of fiddleheads that grow in the Valley can be eaten. Fiddleheads must be boiled or steamed before eating them. This photo was taken at the 200 acre Griswold Conservation Area, which is owned by the town. Fiddleheads should not be taken from the park.

Camping in the park is allowed with written permission, according to a sign in the parking lot. Details are available from the mayor's office:

www.greenfield-ma.gov/Pages/GreenfieldMA_Mayor/index

Clear Cut Logging in NH Park?

The state of New Hampshire has decided to allow clear cut logging in the state's biggest park, which is just a few miles from Massachusetts and Vermont. The state wants a private logging company to cut down the trees in 133 acres of the 13,361 acre Pisgah State Park. Pisgah is in the towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale and Winchester.

Photo: Rare Owl in Hadley

This photo was taken on April 18 in Hadley, Massachusetts, near Northampton. It shows a long eared owl. It's unusual to see any owl. Long eared owls are especially rare. Owls sleep during the day and hunt at night. They can catch mice in total darkness. This photo was taken by Eileen Wang of Hadley. She took the photo while hiking on a piece of land that was saved from sprawl by the Kestrel Land Trust www.kestreltrust.org. To enlarge the photo, click on it.

2,000 at Rally with Vermont Governor to Shut Valley Nuke

Some 2,000 people attended a rally at the Brattleboro Town Common on April 14 to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Vermont governor Peter Shumlin, U.S. senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Vermont attorney general Bill Sorrell were among the speakers at the rally. "We will not rest until Vermont Yankee is gone," Shumlin said, to a standing ovation from the crowd. The second photo shows Shumlin giving his speech. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full-size image." photos by Eesha Williams

1,700 at Springfield Rally for Justice

There were rallies for justice in Springfield on March 31 and April 2. About 1,700 people attended the March 31 rally, which was the bigger of the two. The bigger rally was to support Trayvon Martin, and to protest racist police. There were similar protests around the nation. Martin was an unarmed African American teenager who was shot and killed in Florida in February by George Zimmerman. The government has failed to charge Zimmerman with any crime; he is free.

137 Arrested at Valley Nuke Protest; 1,500 March

On March 22 in Brattleboro, 137 people were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. They were arrested at the office of Entergy Corporation, which owns the reactor. About 1,500 people marched about three miles from downtown Brattleboro to Entergy's office, where they heard live music and saw street theater.