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GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

Strawberry fields

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Deficiencies in Southampton Fire Department revealed, restoration of paramedic-level services pushed back to Aug. 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The relaunch of the town’s paramedic-level ambulance service is being pushed back for a second time to Aug. 1 as new staff is hired and planned drug management procedures are put into place. Those services were temporarily suspended after a May 28 inspection by the state Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. The inspection found expired drugs on …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing. Rousseff canceled a 2013 visit to Washington in the wake of …

Iran nuclear talks get weeklong extension

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

VIENNA — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing …

Two hikers rescued by Hadley Fire Department after getting lost on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HADLEY — Two Longmeadow residents were rescued by the town Fire Department after they got lost while hiking on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail in Hadley on Tuesday night, according to Hadley Police. Officer Jesse Green said the hikers, a 30-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, had started hiking around 6 …

Former Deerfield Academy student files federal lawsuit alleging sexual abuse during athletic trips to Connecticut in 1980s

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former student at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by a faculty member while on athletic trips to Connecticut in the 1980s. The former student names Deerfield Academy and its former golf and squash coaches as …

US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration …

Whately Board of Health to consider raising legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WHATELY — Following the example of other nearby Franklin and Hampshire County communities, the Board of Health will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss revising the town’s bylaws to make it harder for young people to obtain tobacco products. The hearing will be in …

Jody Kasper makes history in taking over Northampton Police Department as chief

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Jody D. Kasper acknowledges that generally speaking, these aren’t good times for police squads across the country, something she finds both daunting and inspiring as she assumes leadership of the city’s 74-person department. She …

Municipal investment in public art supported in Amherst

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — Municipal investment in public art that would make Amherst a more prominent destination for artists and people visiting cultural attractions appears to have widespread support in the community, with town officials beginning to examine the best ways to ensure such financing is possible. Results of feedback …

Granby Veterans Memorial Committee continues to raise money for construction project

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GRANBY — When the Granby Veterans Memorial Committee first got together in 2012, the members had one goal — to dedicate their time to the development and construction of a memorial to honor Granby residents who served their country in times of war. Working hand-in-hand with Friends of …

Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham announces candidacy for at-large Northampton School Committee seat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham, of 18 New Street in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. She is at least the fourth candidate for the two at-large seats in the Nov. 3 election. Burnham, 48, is author …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments …