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Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield Posted on Mar 18

Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

This is the first in a series of blog posts on the investments the Patrick Administration has made in parks, outdoor recreation and the people our parks programs affect.  Governor Patrick likes to say that “policy only matters at the point that it touches people.”    …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses Posted on Mar 4

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23:  A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses

Having visions of steam wafting from a warm, cozy sugarhouse? Anticipating the delicious taste of maple syrup? Then get excited, because March is Maple Month and all of your maple-centered madness will culminate at the first ever MA Maple Weekend on March 22 and 23.   …Continue Reading MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses

The MassDEP Experience: Helping Businesses Become Environmentally Friendly Posted on Feb 11

The IRS. The Principal’s office. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). They aren’t always embraced with open arms by taxpayers, students or business owners. Such was the case for David Amanti, CEO of Advance Manufacturing Co. Inc., in Westfield, Mass. “No one ever wants   …Continue Reading The MassDEP Experience: Helping Businesses Become Environmentally Friendly

Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day! Posted on Feb 3

Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day!

Cold weather inspiring you to hibernate? Ready for spring to come soon, preferably tomorrow? If you believe in superstition, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog from the town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, has seen his shadow and revealed that we’re getting six more week of winter. But   …Continue Reading Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day!

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January Posted on Jan 31

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January

Each month, we will post the 2014 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar’s photo of the month. Featuring photos of Bay State farming, the calendar is available for purchase. All photos were taken by amateur photographers who won the annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest. Proceeds from the   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January

Winter Boating and Hunting Tips Posted on Jan 23

Winter Boating and Hunting Tips

In light of recent cold water boating tragedies in the Commonwealth, and as we find ourselves in the midst of another cold snap, it’s important to remind boaters and hunters of some facts and tips for surviving the outdoors in frigid temperatures. Safe Boating in   …Continue Reading Winter Boating and Hunting Tips

My Time at EEA Posted on Jan 6

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is quite the mouthful to say every time someone asked where I would be interning for the fall semester of 2013. I could have said ‘EEA,’ but I would have ended up having to explain what   …Continue Reading My Time at EEA

Tools For Residents During Storm Season Posted on Jan 2

Tools For Residents During Storm Season

Many of us enjoy winter in New England – from skiing and sledding to sipping hot cocoa and watching the gentle fall of snow outside. But, the one thing that might make our teeth chatter is the uncertainty of when the next intense winter storm   …Continue Reading Tools For Residents During Storm Season

Give Local This Holiday Season Posted on Dec 23

Give Local This Holiday Season

Stumped for last-minute holidays gifts? Not ready to cave into convenience store knick-knacks? Looking for a touch of local pride wrapped beneath the holiday tree? Lucky for you, Massachusetts agriculture has several options for those looking to delight friends, family and coworkers. We’re encouraging everyone   …Continue Reading Give Local This Holiday Season

Welcome the Snowy Owl Posted on Dec 19

Welcome the Snowy Owl

A wintry delight has found its way to Massachusetts by flight this winter. No, Santa’s sleigh has not arrived early and no, a big superstar has not landed at Logan Airport (that we know of).  An abundance of Snowy Owls have migrated to Massachusetts and   …Continue Reading Welcome the Snowy Owl