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The Spirit Shoppe at the Dam has opened in Gill just over the bridge from Turners Falls. Shown are manager Molly Lewis, owner Steve Schechterle and golden retriever Lelo.

Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield opens third Spirit Shoppe in Gill

Friday, January 30, 2015

GILL — Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield earlier this year opened his third Spirit Shoppe beer, wine and liquor store in the former Jan’s Package Store overlooking the intersection of Main Road and Route 2 in Gill. Schechterle bought the business in July, knocked down a back wall, expanded cooler space for foreign, domestic and local beer and is building …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in Greenfield identifies homeless families in hotels, opioid addiction as top two priorities

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told a room full of municipal leaders Thursday that homeless families living in the town’s hotels and opioid addiction are the new Republican administration’s two top priorities. “We will have specific plans for both very soon — for homeless families living in hotels within a few weeks,” …

Fire caused by heat tape badly damages house in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Fire badly damaged a house on Old Goshen Road Wednesday night, displacing a woman and child and prompting a reminder by the fire chief about safety during the winter. The fire at 311 Old Goshen Road was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the home which is owned by Margaret Ladd who …

Sign with New England Patriots logo missing from lamppost on Dana Street in Amherst

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — As a longtime New England Patriots fan, Ken Samonds has been showing his pride in their success by displaying a huge sign with a team logo in front of his downtown home. But just a week …

Amherst seeks applications from restaurants for wine and malt liquor license

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — Restaurants in Amherst have a rare opportunity to obtain a liquor license allow them to sell wine and malt beverages for on-site consumption. The wine and malt license, one of eight the town is allowed to issue, became available Jan. 1 after the owners of the …

AG nominee gains backing

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job. “I believe she’s not only qualified but …

Obama looks for 7% boost in budget plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits …

Christopher Burnham of Florence fined $1,875 after misleading police at traffic stop

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was fined $1,875 after a jury found him guilty of driving with a suspended license and misleading police by sliding into the passenger seat and claiming that he was not driving when he got pulled over last February. A Hampshire Superior Court jury …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Area firewood dealers holding prices down despite limited supply

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pioneer Valley residents looking for firewood this late in the season may find it in short supply — but at least they aren’t encountering the staggeringly high prices faced by Boston-area consumers. Stephen Holt, a logger from Westhampton, …

Pedestrian hospitalized with serious injuries after Williamsburg accident

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Authorities have not yet identified the woman who was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries when she was struck by a vehicle on Goshen Road (Route 9) Wednesday night. The pedestrian was hit about 6:30 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store and the intersection of Goshen, Village Hill …

Constantine Kamansky Jr. of Leverett denies fourth offense of drunken driving

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old Leverett man has denied a fourth offense of drunken driving after his pickup truck got stuck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr., of 6 Bull Hill Road, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to a charge of operating while under the influence of …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amherst LABOR FORUM: A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at …