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Leeds man in critical condition after motorcycle crash

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 71-year-old Leeds man remained in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center Monday morning after crashing his motorcycle on Reservoir Road Sunday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman. Police said Ronald Korza, of 264 Audubon Road, had been traveling north on Reservoir Road on a classic 1947 Indian motorcycle when it left the right side of the road and threw him at least 15 feet. Police said two …

Around Belchertown: School athletes to benefit from $7,000 donation in memory of Marilyn Higgins, longtime coach and physical education teacher

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kate Higgins-Shea presented the School Committee with a $7,000 check last week to benefit the town’s young athletes in memory of her mother Marilyn Higgins, a longtime Belchertown coach and physical education, who died in January 2012. The money was raised last June at the second annual Coach’s Challenge Golf Tournament at the …

Pioneer Valley well represented at People’s Climate March in New York City

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Though he is an environmental lawyer by day, what pushed Easthampton resident Ben Kurtzman to attend the People’s Climate March was inspiration from his 6-year-old daughter, Clare. At school, he said, she is learning about animal habitats that are becoming endangered by climate change, and is growing concerned. For Kurtzman, 38, it was …

Gas leak forces evacuation

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FLORENCE — A broken gas pipe at a Woods Road house forced firefighters Sunday to evacuate several homes in the immediate area for half an hour until the gas could be should off. Capt. Tom Clark said firefighters were called to a home on Woods Road, off of …

Amherst firefighters take 13 intoxicated concert-goers to hospital

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Town firefighters and emergency personnel had their hands full Friday night, attending to 24 intoxicated students and young people at an electronic dance concert, 13 of whom had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson said his department had prepared …

Amherst police keep ‘Halfway to Blarney’ revelry in check

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Police dispersed a crowd of more than 200 University of Massachusetts students and their friends celebrating the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day at the Amherst Townehouse Apartments at 50 Meadow St. Saturday. The festivities, dubbed …

UMass students back findings in Davis report

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Students interviewed on campus Saturday afternoon said they were not surprised by criticisms contained in a report critical of the way police and University of Massachusetts officials handled the March 8 “Blarney Blowout.” “I think they …

Early morning fire Saturday destroys family home in Leeds

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A stubborn, fast-moving fire displaced two adults, two children and their pets from a Leeds home Saturday morning. Firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg responded at 5:25 a.m. after a resident of the home called …

Questions raised about operations of Patriot Care Corp., seeking medical marijuana dispensary license in Greenfield

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for licenses in Boston and Greenfield appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV …

New England Natural Bakers submits bid for former Oxford Foods property in Deerfield

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — The smell of pickles has long since faded from downtown Deerfield, but residents may find a new aroma wafting their way soon — freshly baked granola. New England Natural Bakers Inc., a Greenfield-based company that makes organic granola and muesli, submitted an offer of $38,500 per …

Sunderland special Town meeting votes to buy North Main Street property for affordable housing

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The town will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to increase its proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special Town Meeting Friday night and passed by just 1 …

Massachusets environmental secretary raises concerns about path of proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Friday, September 19, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through …

Republican Senate candidate Brian Herr campaigns at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg

Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Brian J. Herr brought his campaign to Williamsburg on Friday where he visited CRD Metalworks at 17 Hyde Hill Road. Herr, who is challenging Sen. Edward J. Markey, responded to a request …