Linda Enerson

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Stories by Linda Enerson

Getting everyone on same team in Northampton

Getting everyone on same team in Northampton

Chief Jody Kasper says police can’t be defensive anymore

Jody Kasper, chief of the Northampton Police Department, is always looking for ways for her officers to better connect with the community they serve. She launched a program called High Five Fridays in December, where police officers would line the sidewalks leading to elementary schools in Northampton and high five students as they arrived for(...)

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Got robots?

Got robots?

Dairy farmers use technology to eke out a living

Sixth-generation family farmers Dave and Steve Barstow have stretched the limits of what dairy farmers can do to stay afloat. They opened a store and bakery on their dairy farm at the foot of Mt. Holyoke in Hadley. They generate electricity from composted cow manure and food scraps. They even market a line of farm(...)

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Rural schools caught in ‘death spiral’

Rural schools caught in ‘death spiral’

Enrollment changes can have big impact in sparsely populated districts

ON A SUNNY October day, students play at recess outside Hawlemont Elementary School tucked into the wooded hills of Charlemont, which are electric with fall color. As they head back to class, Wayne Kermenski, the principal, calls them over to visit the animals behind the school’s newly constructed post-and-beam barn. They jump at the opportunity.(...)

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Students push for ‘sanctuary campuses’

Students push for ‘sanctuary campuses’

UMass officials sympathetic to demands

UMASS AMHERST OFFICIALS, under pressure from students, said on Friday they were committed to making the campus a safe haven for undocumented students, faculty, and staff. But they stopped short of meeting the students’ demand that the school be declared a sanctuary campus. The notion of a sanctuary campus popped up over the last week in(...)

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Eversource pushing big solar project

Eversource pushing big solar project

Utility says it won’t use net metering incentive

EVERSOURCE ENERGY, a fierce opponent of solar subsidies on Beacon Hill, is seeking state approval to build solar farms across Massachusetts. A spokesman for the utility said the net cost of its solar power will be 18 cents a kilowatt hour, which will be recovered through the company’s distribution rates along with a regulated rate(...)

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Veterinarian group opposes Question 3

Veterinarian group opposes Question 3

Prefers broader standards on farm animals

FOR THOSE WHO CARE about the humane treatment of animals, Question 3 appears to be a no-brainer. The initiative calls for state requirements to ensure that animals raised for eggs, veal, and pork sold in Massachusetts are housed in a way so they can at least stand up, lie down, turn around, and stretch their(...)

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Youth movement

Youth movement

At 22, Solomon Goldstein-Rose is poised to claim a House seat

Photograph by Frank Curran THE SCENE: The Amherst town cemetery, sitting on a stone wall circling an old burial plot, not far from Emily Dickinson’s grave. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who won the Democratic primary for an open Amherst-based House seat and faces no opposition in November, suggested the graveyard over a busy bagel shop because his(...)

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Bernie’s Bay State army mobilizes

Bernie’s Bay State army mobilizes

Crowd at Greenfield pub talks next steps

FOR ANYONE WHO THINKS the Bernie-or-Bust movement is dead, think again, at least if you live in Massachusetts.  Our Revolution, US Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new initiative to inspire and promote far-left-leaning candidates to elected posts at all levels of government, launched nationally Wednesday night, including gatherings at 74 cafes, brew pubs, and private homes across(...)

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