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Mount Holyoke College seniors Bharati Manandhar, left, and Maame Appiah-Korang work together during a 48 hour "HackEbola" event in the University of Massachusetts Lederle Graduate Research Center on Saturday.

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers Friday night and Saturday in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass. On Smith’s laptop …

Douglas Finn leaves Frontier Cable Access Televsion for Deerfield government job

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town has hired Douglas Finn, the general manager of Frontier Cable Access Television, as executive assistant to Town Administrator Kayce Warren. The decision ends a search that started in February, when Warren was named interim town administrator. Warren held the assistant position for a decade until former town administrator Bernard Kubiak retired in June 2013. Since February, she’s been working …

Deerfield seeks solution to keep wet wipes, other materials from jamming wastewater treatment plant equipment

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Thinking about sending that flushable wet wipe down the toilet? The director of the Deerfield Highway Department hopes you will think twice, because those and similar items have been jamming up equipment in the wastewater treatment plant and slowing operations. Highway Superintendent Kevin Scarborough explained the problem and possible solutions to the Select Board on Wednesday during a discussion about setting …

Land of plenty? Food pantries opt for more food, rather than turkeys-only in parceling out Thanksgiving ingredients

Friday, November 21, 2014

For many years, local food pantries such as the Northampton and Amherst survival centers have filled their freezers with turkeys so clients — even those who don’t regularly rely on them — can count on the main ingredient …

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police …

John Peloquin of South Hadley ordered held without bail after incident at Springfield strip club

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A South Hadley man arrested for brandishing a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club where his stepdaughter was a dancer has been ordered held without bail for four months after a judge ruled him a danger to society. The Republican reports that a judge at …

Northampton City Council resolution offers support to undocumented immigrants

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama’s plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation includes an initiative to gut a controversial enforcement program called Secure Communities and replace it with one focused on deporting undocumented immigrants who are felons. Many communities throughout the state have refused to participate …

Area police news

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton ■ Adalberto Colon, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and having no inspection sticker. Police said Colon’s vehicle …

Joshua Alicea of Easthampton found not guilty of assault charges in bar fight

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 24-year-old Easthampton man was found not guilty by a Northampton District Court jury on charges in connection with a bar fight at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton in March. The jury Thursday cleared Joshua Alicea, of 19 Arlington St. of one count of assault with …

Quabbin Photo Group offers presention from international exhibit Monday

Friday, November 21, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The featured program of the Quabbin Photo Group’s November meeting is a visual and audio selection of 500 images from the 2014 Massachusetts Camera Naturalists (CAMNATS) International Nature Exhibition. The meeting, which is open to the …

Earth Matters: The future of agriculture; we must all be ecologists

Friday, November 21, 2014

In the autumn, as our neighbors fill their grain bins with barley, and their cellars with potatoes, I am always amazed at their productivity. What a long, interesting journey we and our food plants have taken. Yet farms …

Bird Sightings: Birds recently spotted in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An eared grebe was found on Lake Quaboag in Brookfield. A snowy owl, seen one evening in Longmeadow, may be the same one that …

Valley Views: Deerfield Valley seen from atop the Eaglebrook School’s ski slope

Friday, November 21, 2014

Eaglebrook Autumn View Deerfield Valley, Deerfield Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton While hiking up Mount Pocumtuck in Deerfield on the last day in October, I made this image of the Deerfield Valley from the top of …