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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Worcester County
04:03PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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FITCHBURG, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced Tuesday that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer.    Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing surveys in the area, but currently the infestation is limited to a single cluster of three trees. While MDAR has not been able to determine the origin of the infestation, spotted lanternflies have been known to travel out of infested states on cars, trucks, and trains, during shipments of produce, sheds, and gazebos, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and

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Lever Launches Second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge
04:12PM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lever will launch a second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge (MTEC) this month focusing on wood product enterprises, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA).    Lever's MTEC seeks to attract forestry-based and wood-using startups, excluding businesses focused on wood-based fuels.    "Our Challenge programs have allowed us to support more than 80 entrepreneurs, whose companies have created hundreds of jobs," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "I'm looking forward to meeting our Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge finalists and working

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North Adams Getting Fewer Trees From Federal Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Monday, September 06, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The number of trees available to the city through a U.S. Forest Service grant has been dramatically reduced.    North Adams will be in line for 40 trees from the Franklin Land Trust over the next two years instead of about 300.   Sue White of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition informed the Tree Commission of the change at last week's meeting.    "They are only giving North Adams 40 trees and cut back for everybody," she said. "They cut back for Montague, for Greenfield and for North Adams. So instead of the 300-plus trees that originally would have been a possibility with the FLT extension of the grant, it's like

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Clark Art Receives Frankenthaler Climate Initiative Grant
04:13PM / Monday, August 16, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark is one of seventy-nine museums in America to receive funding from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to advance goal of carbon neutrality in visual arts organizations.   The Clark received $50,000 toward the redesign of the HVAC central plant for its Lunder Center at Stone Hill. This is the foundation's inaugural cycle of providing funding to support visual arts organizations in efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.   "We are deeply honored to have been selected for a Climate Initiative grant from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation,” said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "Our responsibility as stewards of our

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Injured Hummingbird Heals at Warm Lamp
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:19PM / Sunday, August 08, 2021
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  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When I lived at Marshside house adjacent to a fresh water cattail marsh on Pond Road in North Truro, Cape Cod, an unfortunate event shaped my response to an injured hummingbird.   For the next day and a half, I provided care at a table lamp, to eventually see it fly away.   As sunlight filled my living room that Sept. 12, 2012, I prepared for Sunday service at my local church, and thought nothing about leaving a window open to usher in the fresh air to such a promising day. Little did I know that when I returned from church and jubilant choir singing, I would be greeted with a lively hummingbird that somehow had entered the window left

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New Funding Opportunity to Support Air Quality Sensors in Communities
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $200,000 in grants is now available to communities to place 10 air quality sensors on homes, schools or businesses to measure fine particle pollution (PM2.5) throughout local neighborhoods.   These small sensors produce data that will be displayed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow Fire and Smoke Map online, along with data from PM2.5 monitoring stations operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).    "Massachusetts is committed to helping communities affected by air pollution, especially those with Environmental Justice populations," said Energy

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Never Thought You'd See a Bear? Think Again
By MassWildlife,
04:28PM / Thursday, July 01, 2021
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It's summertime in Massachusetts, which means more people will be spending time outdoors. With the increasing number of black bears found in many areas of Massachusetts, it is important for all residents to know how to prevent problems.

While people living in Western Massachusetts have been coexisting with bears for years, others in the eastern part of the state may be surprised to learn that black bears likely live nearby as well. This summer, a young bear made headlines as it traveled throughout southeastern Mass, and over the last few years, MassWildlife has also confirmed reports of bears in Newton, Chelmsford, North Andover, Amesbury, and even Provincetown!

In the mid-1970s,

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Green Team Recycle and Shred Drive
12:20PM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — There will be a recycle and shred drive at the Cheshire Transfer Station to support the Youth Center.   The drive will be held Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Cheshire Transfer station located at 191 Church St.   The drive will be hosted by the Green Team, a local youth education program supported through MassDEP that teaches kids the importance of recycling.   Price List: $5: suggested donation for shredding. $5: Small computer related items, mouse, keyboard, telephone, answering machine, DVD player, VCR, etc. $10: Medium electronic related items, copy machines, printers, scanners, computer monitors, laptops, CPU towers,

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Williamstown Farmers Market Returns Saturday Morning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It is a sign of summer, a sign of normalcy and a sign of hope.   But Saturday's return of the Williamstown Farmers Market is not a sign that organizers are reacting to Monday's announcement that the commonwealth's economy is reopening.   "I went back and checked my emails to see when we made a decision to open an in-person market for this season," Anne Hogeland said on Wednesday. "And it was mid-February.   "That is when we announced to the community and, most importantly, the vendors at that point, that we would be opening and it would be this weekend."   The market returns Saturday at 9 a.m. in the

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Northern Berkshire EMS Gets Donated Solar Panels
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire EMS is getting energized with some free solar panels that were installed on the ambulance service's roof on Monday.   "We will see savings immediately because the system was donated," General Manager John Meaney Jr. said. "Over time, we are going to be in a good position."   The panels are thanks to SolarFlair Energy of Ashland, the installer selected for the Solarize Plus campaigns in North Adams and Williamstown in 2019. The state-sponsored program offered low-cost loans and discounts to encourage eligible households to avail themselves of the renewable energy opportunity.    Once

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