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One rescued from Connecticut River swimming area in Northampton after leg injury Saturday

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A person with a leg injury was rescued from the Connecticut River swimming area off Hockanum Road Saturday afternoon. The Northampton Fire Department responded to a 911 call Saturday around 3 p.m. The injured person was found near a rope swing on the riverbank and is believed to have broken his leg, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Vanasse. Vanasse said he did not know the person’s age or …

Ribbon cutting for newly renovated old Town Hall in Easthampton set for ArtWalk Aug. 8

Saturday, August 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It was June 29, 1869, and Samuel Williston was presiding over a ceremony to dedicate Easthampton’s Town Hall, which had just been completed. Buildings had been painted, streets were cleaned and everyone was dressed in their finest attire for the day-long celebration. Attendees included a former lieutenant governor, local professors and …

Amherst parking report calls for new parking garage, improved signage and more

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AMHERST — As a downtown business owner since the 1980s, Nick Seamon has witnessed an increasing demand for parking in Amherst center that he says has gone unaddressed by the town — even with the opening of the 188-space Boltwood parking garage 13 years ago. “We’ve needed parking for 20 years,” said Seamon, …

Trust funds give a boost to Williamsburg causes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Town residents have long believed in a tradition of leaving money to the town in the form of trust funds earmarked for a host of causes — from the town library, clocks and cemeteries, to parents with newborns, students and those in need of medical or financial assistance. …

Three vie for Sunderland administrator job

Saturday, August 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Collaboration and communication topped the list of skills that the three candidates for Sunderland’s vacant town administrator position said were most important in carrying out the tasks and responsibilities of the town’s top managerial role. The three candidates, Michele Giarusso, a former selectman and current finance …

Concerned citizens to stand every week against project

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — “Blockadia” is the term Gulf Road resident Judy Wolter used to describe the protesters who come every week to stand on Jere Nelson’s property, where Kinder Morgan’s 41,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor station is slated to sit. …

Laptop reported stolen from home, posted for sale on Craigslist — and other area police news

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ A scooter valued at $1,000 was reported stolen at 9:09 a.m. Thursday from a resident at Mill Valley Estates, 560 Riverglade Drive. The scooter is described as a 2014 Taoi model, color red, with black accents. Northampton ∎ Police are investigating a report received at 7:44 …

Two indicted in Hampshire Superior Court: Keith Truehart, accused of beating infant, and mother of baby Melonie Cummings, accused of hiding Truehart from police for months

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A grand jury this week indicted Keith A. Truehart and Melonie K. Cummings of Belchertown after hearing from prosecutors that Truehart abused Cummings’ 9-month-old daughter in 2014 and that Cummings allowed her Truehart, her boyfriend, to beat her child and then hid him from police in …

Berkshire Gas owner buys 2.5% interest in pipeline

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The owner of Berkshire Gas Co. has announced that it will invest in the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would provide natural gas for its customers. UIL Holdings Corp. announced its investment this week in the development of …

Northampton police name officer Joshua Wallace new school resource officer for high school

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A seven-year member of the police force has been selected to serve as school resource officer for the high school, filling a position that has been vacant for two years. Joshua Wallace, 36, a police officer …

Historic exhibit celebrates Conway Swimming Pool

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CONWAY — In the fall of 1949, Dean Acheson, the secretary of state under President Harry S. Truman, came to Conway to visit his friend, writer Archibald MacLeish, and witnessed what he called “a remarkable exhibition of democracy in action.” He was talking about the construction of the …

Northampton parking garage elevator traps at least one after malfunction Friday night

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one person was left trapped inside the elevator in the E. John Gare Parking Garage Friday evening after it malfunctioned. The elevator was stuck for about 10 minutes around 6:30 p.m. The Northampton Fire Department used a key to lower the elevator to the …

Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end

Friday, July 31, 2015

MIAMI — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since …