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.

Hundreds March to Close Valley Nuke

About 350 people marched seven miles from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to downtown Brattleboro March 11. The march was organized to commemorate the one year anniversary of the nuclear crisis in Japan, and to advocate the permanent shut down of Vermont Yankee. Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

Photo: Snowy Forest Near Brattleboro

This photo was taken on March 1 in Dummerston, Vermont, near Brattleboro. About a foot of snow fell that day, after a winter of very little snow. To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full-size image." photo by Eesha Williams

Photo: Hadley Hayfield

This photo was taken in Hadley, Massachusetts, near Northampton, on February 22. Hay fields like this one are usually mowed a few times a year, depending on the weather. A cow that isn't grazing on pasture usually eats about half a "square" bale of hay daily. (So-called "square bales" are actually rectangular. Round bales have become more common in recent years and are much bigger than square bales.) To make the photo bigger, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full-size image." photo by Eesha Williams