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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Greenfield Resident Helps Battle Quebec Blazes

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) press release:

Yesterday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) sent 15 state and municipal wildland firefighters to Quebec, Canada, to help battle fires that have raged across more than one million acres in the province since June.

No Child Left Inside

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) press release:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is excited to launch its seventh annual Great Park Pursuit, a summer-long series of free family adventures in Massachusetts state parks. Great Park Pursuit (GPP) Teams will design six personalized Park Pursuit adventures from hundreds of great parks and programs. Teams will take their own "GPP Squirrel" mascot along, snap a team photo with the mascot, and post their adventures online.  The 2013 Great Park Pursuit series runs through August 24th so join the Great Park Pursuit, get outdoors, and create great memories together!

Heading to Boston for the Fourth?

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) press release:

Please be advised of the following traffic, pedestrian, & bicyling access restrictions for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular from July 3-July 5.  You'll also find a "Guide to the Fourth" for attendees on the DCR's website, along with a printable map for pedestrians and a printable boating map and additional information:

Town Wins Protection Grant for Deerfield River

From a Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs press release:

Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced almost $600,000 in grants from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) for projects to protect and restore rivers, watersheds and wildlife across the Commonwealth.

Creating Greenfield’s Future: Visions For 2050

Six years ago, the Town of Greenfield committed itself to becoming a sustainable community by 2050.  Scarce energy resources and new information on climate change are increasing the urgency of that pledge.  Creating Greenfield’s Future: Visions for 2050 will ask us all to look at our lives today and consider what we need to do to meet that 2050 goal. Organized by Greening Greenfield, it will be held Saturday, April 6, from 8:30am-1pm, at the Greenfield Community College’s Dining Common. A $15 registration fee covers lunch and refreshments.

The Wealth and Sustainability Paradox

From an Inner Fortune press release:

Money. Environmental sustainability. With the current economic woes rocking our country and the global economy, and the approaching threat of global warming related catastrophes, these two themes seem more pressing now than ever before. Finding the proper balance between monetary prosperity and environmental and social responsibility may seem like an impossibility. Through a carefully constructed free two-hour workshop offered by Inner Fortune, and held at the Jones Library (43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002) at 7PM on March 19, participants will examine the role that these two desires play in their own lives, and work to find an ideal balance between the two.

Sacred Spaces 13

Traces of Seasons

We often walk along taking in the grand view of nature. Sacred Spaces offers a microcosmic look at the world of detail and beauty inherent in nature. From the smallest things we find the greatest magnificence.

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Local Citizens to Participate in Nation's Largest Climate Rally

From a Western MA Alliance press release:

Chartered buses and car loads of concerned citizens and students from western Massachusetts will travel to Washington, DC to join what is predicted to be the largest climate rally in US history on Sunday February 17, 2013.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club,, and Hip Hop Caucus, the Forward on Climate rally at the National Mall will bring together thousands of voices around the country sounding the alarm of run-away global warming. The purpose of the rally is to urge President Obama to aggressively address climate change and to begin by stopping development of the Keystone XL Canadian tar sands pipeline.

Energy Initiatives in Massachusetts

This week, both the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Sandri let us know about interesting programs they are offering, or have offered, to local residents.  MassCEC is encouraging people to save money, and help create local jobs, by going with solar energy and Sandri won a grant to help wood pellet central heating increase in our area.  Click the READ MORE>> link to read their press releases.

Reminder: Take a Hike Tomorrow

From a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation press release:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) proudly announces the Commonwealth's participation in this year's First Day Hikes. Ringing in the New Year with a brisk walk through a state park is a tradition that started more than 20 years ago right here in Massachusetts at DCR's Blue Hills Reservation.