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Ryan Jopson takes care of the corners as Cody Pease rolls yellow paint onto a client's wall in Greenfield. The two have run A&B Lawn Care in Sunderland since November, and picked up painting and other odd jobs to keep them in business during the winter.

A&B Lawn Care in Sunderland goes above and beyond

Friday, February 12, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A&B Lawn Care started off in jest. Friends Cody Pease and Ryan Jopson met working at Four Seasons Property Maintenance and used to joke about starting their own company. It became a reality last year, when the two started their business in November after hammering out the particulars and finishing the paperwork. Pease and Jopson considered several business …

Easthampton City Council documents now available online

Friday, February 12, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — City Council meeting minutes and other documents will now be posted online in a move that gives residents more convenient access to public records. A majority of councilors at a meeting last week agreed on the merits of receiving City Council documents via email, rather than in the current paper form. But no vote was taken to allow for the council’s …

Massachusetts Municipal Association gives Innovation Award to Leverett for fiber-optic service

Friday, February 12, 2016

LEVERETT — With its 1-gigabit-per-second, fiber-optic LeverettNet up and running as other towns struggle to build their last-mile connections, Leverett has received recognition from the Massachusetts Municipal Association with its Innovation Award. “In the past, it wouldn’t be an uncommon sight to find a high school student sitting in the backseat of a car doing homework, with a parent in the front seat, …

Nine area communities eye special projects, state money after signing compact

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Officials from nine area communities met with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday to sign on to a state and local partnership program that provides assistance and money for transportation, technology and other special projects. Northampton, Easthampton, …

At Smith College, Cornel West urges unity, integrity in the face of racism

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Influential scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West spoke passionately to a crowd at Smith College Thursday night, urging them to come together and seek truth as the nation continues to reckon with police brutality and …

Clinton, Sanders hold low-key, pointed debate

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states …

Good Time Stove Co. of Goshen provides main extra to Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GOSHEN — The Good Time Stove Co. once again has sent one of its products to the big screen. An antique potbelly stove purchased from the shop on Route 112 is featured in director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, …

Building commissioner raises concern about weight of new roof planned at Deerfield Elementary School

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DEERFIELD — The town’s building commissioner is concerned that the weight of a new roof planned for the Deerfield Elementary School might exceed state building codes, and he is reviewing information from the project architect. Richard Calisewski told the Select Board this week he was frustrated that Raymond …

Elevated levels of lead found in Granby Junior-Senior High School and East Meadow Elementary School

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GRANBY— Lead in water from five taps at the Junior-Senior High School and the East Meadow Elementary School tested at levels higher than allowed for childcare facilities in the state, according to Judith Houle, the interim school superintendent. She posted a statement alerting the public Thursday on the …

Swastika found in UMass bathroom prompts police investigation

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst police have launched an investigation after a swastika was found carved in a bathroom stall on campus earlier this month. The swastika was discovered etched into a bathroom stall in the Integrative Learning Center building. After the symbol was found, officials taped …

Area police news

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Amherst • An Amherst woman called police at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday to report returning home and finding fresh spackle on the ceiling. Police said there was no evidence that anyone entered the residence, and it was not clear if the spackle was recently applied. • Police are investigating …

Gov. Charlie Baker names Northampton lawyer John Pucci to commission that will screen applicants for Supreme Judicial Court

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyer John P. Pucci, of Northampton, is one of 12 people named by Gov. Charlie Baker to recruit and screen candidates to fill three vacancies this year on the state Supreme Judicial Court. “The SJC has …

Amherst Town Clerk rules that Select Board challenger Helen Berg fails to submit enough certified signatures

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Select Board challenger Helen Berg said Thursday that she will dispute the town clerk’s ruling blocking her name from being on the March 29 ballot. Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said Berg, of 273 Montague Road, Apt. 4, submitted her nomination papers by the 5 p.m. Tuesday …