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Kinder Morgan Suspends Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project
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05:35PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kinder Morgan has suspended the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which was planned to cut through the Berkshires.   The company released a statement Wednesday evening announcing the suspension of work on the $3.3 billion project.   "As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan Inc. and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, have suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct Project," reads the statement from the company.    The project was announced in 2015 and the company said it had received a number of commitments from local gas distribution

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Senate Candidate Del Gallo Takes Strong Anti-Pipeline Stance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rinaldo Del Gallo spent a long time getting the city to pass a ban on Styrofoam. And he's continued to press for a ban on plastic bags. Those type of environmental concerns have always been a priority.   Now he is running for the open state Senate seat, though he hasn't made the official announcement yet, and he didn't expect any difference in opinions among the other Democratic candidates when it comes the proposed natural gas pipeline project. But, he was wrong.   Both Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington did not take a stance when asked during interviews with WAMC earlier this year, a move Del Gallo feels is

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Shumlin: North Bennington Will Be Made 'Whole Again'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:48PM / Tuesday, March 08, 2016
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NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. — Gov. Peter Shumlin assured residents of North Bennington on Tuesday that the state would do everything possible to address its "horrid situation" — including putting pressure on the company responsible for its contaminated water.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has been identified as the source for the perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) found in the municipal water of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and is believed to be responsible for the same toxin found in private wells in North Bennington.

"We're going to require the company to make us whole again and do everything that we can to hold them accountable for getting us in this mess," Shumlin

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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Accepting Applications
02:10PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016
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AMHERST, Mass. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $150 million in funding available for agricultural producers across the country through the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal conservation program that helps farmers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal 2016.

"The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers boost soil and air quality, conserve clean water and enhance wildlife habitat," said Christine Clarke, NRCS state conservationist. "With this investment, we'll enable

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Hoosic River Revival Offers North Adams Council Update on Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:29AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The South Branch of the Hoosic River should be largely restored to a natural state by 2020.

That's the goal of the Hoosic River Revival, which updated the City Council on Tuesday on the status of the $21.4 million project. The state has so far put aside nearly $9 million toward the effort that could directly employ 250 people.

HRR's founder Judith Grinnell and Nick Nelson of Inter-Fluve Inc. reviewed the preliminary plans released last year by Inter-Fluve Inc. and Sasaki Associates. Those plans have been forwarded by the city to the Army Corps of Engineers with the anticipation they will be approved later this year.

"We cannot put a shovel in the

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Berkshire County 4-H Holds Awards & Recognition Event
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09:52PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 100 people gathered at the  Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires on Dec. 6 for the Berkshire County 4-H Community's annual awards and recognition event.  

The candy factory-themed night was to celebrate achievements by 4-H members. Opening remarks were given by Linda Horn, assistant director of the Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program, University of Massachusetts Extension in Amherst.

The highest award given in Berkshire County 4-H is the Top H Award, which can only be won by a 4-H'er once as a junior member and once as a senior member. The nominees are selected by a judging committee using their 4-H records; those nominated

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Hoosic River Revival Annual Meeting Totes Up Successes
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:57AM / Monday, December 14, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Williams College students are aiding in the environmental planning on the Willow Dell/Canal Street area of the Hoosic River Revival project.

Professor Sarah Gardner's Environmental Planning class presented their ideas for restoring the North Branch at last week's annual meeting of the project at Freight Yard Pub. The main focus now, however, is the South Branch section that runs along Noel Field.

The state Division of Ecological Restoration, which is footing the bill for the study, published the request for proposals in January. In March, stakeholders vetted the five options.

The project this summer unveiled the phase one plans developed by Inter-Fluve

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Greylock Mill Redevelopment Moving Forward With USDA Grants
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:59AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Works has hit its first milestone in efforts to develop an artisanal food incubator in the former State Road textile mill.

With a spread of local produce — and the noise of ongoing work in the background — principals Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry welcomed some of their newest partners with the announcement of two startup grants totaling $173,900 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The first, from Rural Development, will use $75,000 to build a cheese cave, or affinage; the second, an Agricultural Marketing Service grant for $98,900 along with a match grant of about $34,000 from Greylock Works, will be used to support local food

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Community Arts Festival Planned for Windsor Lake
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:26PM / Monday, October 26, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Windsor Lake will host a collaboration of community and art this coming spring with the city's first-ever Figment Project event.

The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission endorsed the project last week, with preliminary permission from the city, and an anticipated date of April 19.

Launched in 2007 with a one-day immersive event on New York's Governors Island, the platform for participatory art has grown to involve hundreds of communities across the country with events ranging from one to several days.

Figment Boston, for example, was held on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on a July weekend and offered music, dance (such as a colorful bubble-wrap dance floor),

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MCLA Activist Group Thanks Subway for Shifting to Antibiotic-Free Meat
By Nicholas Swanson, iBerkshires Intern
04:13PM / Friday, October 23, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They may have looked like protesters, but the group standing in front of Subway on Thursday were really delivering a big thank-you.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students had hosted one of 50 campaigns across the nation to thank Subway restaurants for switching to non-antibiotic produced poultry.

"We are educating [Subway] customers about this historic move that won't let farms use antibiotics on livestock and other farm animals," said Michael Basmajian, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group campus organizer.

So students of MCLA's MassPIRG constructed a 10-foot "sub" out of cardboard and craft paper as a thank you to

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