For activists committed to saving the planet, the climate change crisis is top of mind, every day.
But there is one day each year when they can plan to rally together with like-minded citizens and engage the apathetic and unaware.
In the weeks leading up to school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoosac Valley was ramping up its composting program. Teacher and program organizer Lindsay McGinnis had her eyes set on the spring.
The demolition of the Mill Street — or Tel-Electric — dam will begin on Monday.
The project has been years in the making and the dam has been failing for years. The dam is attached to the Hawthorne Mill Building, which used to house the Tel-Electric Piano Player Co. Factory, and had been cited by the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety as being in a hazardous condition nearly 20 years ago.
The state hopes to see more renewable energy from solar and thus incentives solar development. However, the way the programs are currently established, the solar often comes at the expense of cutting trees.
"We have perverse incentives for solar. It is cheaper for a developer to come in and cut down a whole bunch of trees to do something for the environment," state Rep. Farley-Bouvier said.
Executive Director Jennifer Hohn told the authority board members on Monday that the final 111 River St. testings are scheduled and that the organization is preparing to make the final transfer of assets to the city of North Adams.