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State Agricultural Officials Ask Residents to Report Sightings of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

State Agricultural Officials Ask Residents to Report Sightings of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly. Hampden County Find Indicates Species Is Continuing to be Found in New Areas. Photo: Spotted lanternfly adult (left) and late-stage nymph (right) (Credit: USDA) BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) today announced that an...
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Getting Answers: frequent power outages in East Longmeadow neighborhood

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - A viewer reached out to our newsroom expressing frustrations over ongoing power outages in their East Longmeadow neighborhood. She said it has happened more frequently, most recently this past weekend, and that there is often no reason explaining why. “It seems to have just gotten...

Springfield City Council presents resolution against Eversource pipeline project

SPRINGFIELD – City Council President Jesse Lederman issued a resolution against Eversource’s proposed Western Massachusetts Gas Reliability Project during the council’s July 25 meeting. The project, which continues to garner divisive responses after its 2021 unveiling, proposes to add a new point of delivery system in Longmeadow....

Russell opens cooling center in heatwave as crews work to restore power

RUSSELL — Much of the town of Russell was without power Monday as soaring temperatures linger through the region. The Russell-Montgomery Police Department confirmed on Facebook Monday morning that most of the town had lost power due to a malfunction with a generator and that the Russell Electric Light Department and Eversource were working to restore electricity as temperatures rose throughout the day.

Town of Russell without power due to generator malfunction

RUSSELL, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - The entire town of Russell is without power Monday morning due to a generator malfunction. According to the Russell-Montgomery Police Department, the Russell Electric Light Department says Eversource is working on the issue. Power is expected to be restored later Monday afternoon. Residents who are shut...

Animal welfare bill could impact meat supplies, prices

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - An animal welfare ballot question approved by voters back in 2016 is set to take effect soon after being pushed back several months due to supply chain shortages. “There’s so many things that there’s shortages on, it’s almost like throwing salt on a wound,” said Larry...

We are what we eat: How food, farms, and community can save the planet

New Marlborough — For Mark and Kristin Kimball, a diet made up entirely of whole food — in season, and in abundance — is the norm, not the exception. It’s a philosophy turned way of life the owners and operators of Essex Farm share with the tight-knit community they are cultivating in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. Each week, the Kimballs nourish their neighbors — to the tune of several hundred Community Supported Agriculture members, from 150 families — by providing good food, delivered straight from the dirt; it’s a model as simple as it is revolutionary. On Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 4:30 pm, The New Marlborough Meeting House will host the Kimballs for a conversation rooted in food, farming, and community — which, when combined, create a symbiosis of sorts that not only elicits mutual benefits but also stands to make big changes in the world.
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The business of modern day farming in the Pioneer Valley

(Mass Appeal) – For centuries, since the first settlers came to the Pioneer Valley, this has been farm land. Unfortunately, farming isn’t what it once was and there are very few family farms left in our area. We were fortunate enough to visit the Barstow family farm in Hadley to learn about the business of modern day farming. Denise Barstow Manz shares with us insight into today’s farm life.