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Bird sightings

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke, and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A greater white-fronted goose was found in Lee. A few surf scoters, red-necked grebe and a black vulture were reported in Turners Falls. A northern shoveler, a northern pintail and seven blue-winged teal were seen in Longmeadow. A gadwall, a greater scaup, a red-throated loon and five red-necked grebes were on Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield. A sandhill crane and two evening grosbeaks were found in Worthington, and a Lapland longspur was reported in Amherst. Some of …

Veterans Voice

Friday, October 24, 2014

Announcements FREE DINNER: The Florence VFW Post 8006 will offer free dinners to any area veteran and his or her spouse or partner on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. A social half-hour will start at 5.30 p.m. with a buffet at 6 p.m. This year’s menu will be spaghetti, ziti, meatballs, with a plain or meat sauce, along with rolls, salad and dessert. RSVP …

Complaint details threats endured by former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — A complaint submitted to the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner offers more detail on the racist graffiti, threatening notes and other apparent attacks that led up to her departure from the school system. The 14-page document was made public Thursday …

Whately Planning Board approves Bayer MaterialScience factory expansion

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board has approved a site plan for a proposed expansion to the Bayer MaterialScience thermoplastics company’s factory. The review was completed at three board meetings since July 29. According to Planning Board Chairman Don Sluter, the board attached two conditions to the approval. They …

Obama rallies Maine voters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine’s next governor while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them. In …

South Hadley Electric Light District commission split in moving forward with new building on Old Lyman Road

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — After a 90-minute discussion which grew heated at times, the commissioners of the South Hadley Electric Light District voted 2-1 Thursday to move ahead with plans to build a $10 million headquarters on Old Lyman Road. The new building in a residentially zoned area would …

Local cold-weather shelters prepare for new season

Thursday, October 30, 2014

As volunteers prepare two area winter shelters for Saturday’s opening day, they hope there will be enough beds for everyone who needs one. With 20 beds at the Interfaith Cot Shelter at 43 Center St. in Northampton, there …

Shutesbury Broadband Committee plans ‘pole inventory blitz’ as first step in improving Internet access

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SHUTESBURY — Some Shutesbury residents get their Internet service by satellite and others through Verizon DSL. Both may be preferable to those who continue using dial-up modems connected to their telephone land lines. With a variety of technologies used in the community, a group of Shutesbury residents is …

Parking lot work scheduled to begin Monday at Amherst Survival Center

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — Reconfiguration and paving of the parking lot at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Road, that begins Monday will limit available parking and require visitors to use the front entrance. The work, which is scheduled to continue through Nov. 11, will make the lot inaccessible to …

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he’s gay

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that he’s “proud to be gay” wasn’t exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple’s immense reach and visibility, his …

Late Hampshire County judge John F. Murphy Jr. recalled as ‘pillar’ of local legal community

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In her early days as a prosecutor, Bertha D. Josephson remembers well being one of many young lawyers who got a helpful, if stern, talking-to from the late Judge John F. Murphy Jr. “As an attorney …

Area police news

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amherst ∎ An Amherst woman reported at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday that $163.14 in unauthorized charges had been made on her credit union account in September. Police determined the charges were made in Minnesota and Iowa which are out of its jurisdiction. Northampton ∎ A man reported at 9:33 …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …