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South County Emergency Medical Service to cost nearly $750,000 in first year

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County residents will be asked to approve $749,594 for the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service. The latest budget numbers for the regional paramedic service are $387,999 for Deerfield, $235,947 for Sunderland and $125,647 for Whately. The budget reflects the estimated full-year cost to run the regional round-the-clock paramedic service. In October, residents approved only the half-year cost. The administrators of … 0

Whately to consider town hall renovations at April 29 Town Meeting

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WHATELY — By September 2015, residents could have a modern town office with more meeting rooms, a 175-seat, air-conditioned auditorium and a fully accessible Town Hall as the civic and cultural center on Chestnut Plain Road. The Municipal Building Committee, chaired by Select Board member Jonathan Edwards, Wednesday presented its final design plans for the Town Hall rehabilitation and expansion project. The town … 0

Out-of-control brush fire damages house on East Street in Goshen

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOSHEN — A small brush fire that had been started to destroy weeds at a home at 665 East St. quickly got out of control Thursday afternoon and flames began to burn the siding of the house. Before the fire was extinguished it caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to the home, which was built in 1844, according to Fire Capt. Bob Labrie. … 0

Body found in Connecticut River identified as Stephen Bradley of Greenfield

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The body found in the Connecticut River April 12 has been identified as that of Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield, by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26 when Erving Police found his car parked at the end … 0

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths show evidence of brain injury

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among … 0

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according … 0

Area police news

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Matthew Robert Coletti, 24, of Newtown, Conn., was arrested at 1:38 a.m. Friday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding. ■ Patrick M. Barry, … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

HORNED LARK, AT REST Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley When standing still, with its coloring blending in with the cornstalks in this Honey Pot cornfield off Cemetery Road in Hadley, … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

■∎ Hadley Bird Walk — Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range sponsor walk with John Green on April 19 from 7 to 10 a.m., Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park’s main gate off of Route … 0

Amherst Music House joins other businesses leaving Carriage Shops with building’s sale pending

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — Over the past four decades, Archie Shepp, Max Roach, Yusef Lateef and Marion Brown are among the prominent musicians who have ventured into a small music shop at the northern end of the town center to get accessories and supplies. Steven Toplitz, the owner of the … 0

Goshen Meltdown comes to a splashy end

Friday, April 18, 2014

Watching ice melt may sound dull, but Goshen has made it a spectator sport. The Goshen Meltdown is a lucrative betting game in which wagers are placed on the day and time the ice will give way under … 0

Amherst officials pleased with landlords’ compliance with rental permit bylaw

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer than 20 percent of all rental properties in Amherst have yet to apply for a permit under the town’s rental registration program. Building Commissioner Robert Morra informed the Select Board this week that the Conservation and Development department has received 1,086 applications, representing 83 percent … 0

State designates removal of Upper Roberts Meadow Dam in Northampton as ‘priority project’

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s plan to remove the Upper Roberts Meadow Dam and restore the upper part of Roberts Meadow Brook to its natural habitat received a boost this week when the state designated the work as a “priority project” eligible for grants and technical assistance. The dam … 1