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Tucker Telega Kendrick, left, Joe Klaus and Flowers Vincent collect maple sap for the North Hadley Sugar Shack from the trees tapped along Middle Street in Hadley on Monday.

Maple sugaring season comes at long last to Valley, as producers hope for best after long-delayed start

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the Valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, starting in earnest to boil at a time of year when they have sometimes been wrapping up. At the Lawton Family Sugarhouse …

Judge allows former Ryder Funeral Home employee Thomas Pascucci to attach real estate for unpaid wages

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge allowed a former employee of the closed Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley to stake a claim on a residential home that belongs to former funeral director William W. Ryder. Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder issued a court order allowing Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton to attach real estate deeded in Ryder’s name at 99 Alvord St. …

August trial planned for Robbie Rossi, held on $50,000 bail in case of 2011 Westhampton home break

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Worcester man was nearing the end of a state prison sentence for filing fraudulent Springfield tornado disaster claims, but a judge in Hampshire Superior Court ruled Tuesday that he be held after that sentence ends on $50,000 bail on charges related to a 2011 Westhampton break-in. Robbie Rossi, 42, of Worcester, has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony daytime …

Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Román appointed to state advisory committee on wage equality

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Tuesday was named to a state advisory committee tasked with addressing the state’s wage gap for women. State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg established the committee made …

Easthampton City Council to hold public hearings on nearly $500,000 in requests for green-space projects and buying two vehicles

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The City Council will ask residents Wednesday night to weigh in on nearly $500,000 in requests to pay for two green-space projects and to replace a police cruiser and public works vehicle. A public hearing is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on Community Preservation Act requests of …

One of two Northampton spas shut down in February reopens, second vacates Market Street space

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One of two spas shut down by local and state officials in February after a police investigation has reopened for business, while the other has vacated its space. Meantime, Northampton police say they continue to monitor several bodywork and massage businesses in the city for possible …

No contested races in Granby town election May 18

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GRANBY — There are no contested races now that the deadline has passed for candidates to file papers to have their name placed on the May 18 ballot. And with last-minute filings for vacant spots on the Planning …

Suzy Canter Kirsch succeeds Nancy Braxton as director of Chesterfield Council on Aging

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Suzy Canter Kirsch of West Chesterfield has been named the new part-time director of the Council on Aging, succeeding Nancy Braxton who retired in February. Braxton, who served for 4½ years, said she plans to remain …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gabriel D. Lapollo, 38, of Northfield, was arrested at 8:05 p.m. Monday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and texting while driving. Police said he was arrested …

US offers up to 28% emissions cut for global climate treaty

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on …

Police arrest or summon to court 17 people as the result of weekend disturbances in Amherst

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Even with persistently cold weather, several house parties during the last weekend of March kept police busy. At 1:14 a.m. Saturday, officers broke up a large party with loud music playing at 198 Sunderland Road, said Detective Janet Lopez. A 22-year-old Amherst man will be summoned …

Amherst voters Tuesday will decide contested race for two School Commitee seats

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Voters will decide just one townwide race for two positions on the School Committee in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for School Committee, Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 …

How much is that doggy on the Facebook page? Lost pooch in Hadley wins a lot of ‘likes’

Monday, March 30, 2015

HADLEY — A stray dog found running along Moody Bridge Road on Friday is getting some of the heaviest traffic ever on the Hadley Police Department’s Facebook page, although police Monday still had no clues about the dog’s …