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Masonry work to begin this month at Easthampton’s Emily Williston Memorial Library

Thursday, July 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Work to repair the stone veneer exterior of the Emily Williston Memorial Library will take place over the next few weeks, but will not affect library hours or services. Thomas Raffensperger, a spokesman and member of the Public Library Association of Easthampton’s Board of Directors, said in a statement that moisture has infiltrated the mortar supporting the stone veneer and caused minor damage. Stephanie Sueppel, who started her … 0

Grant funds repairs, renovations, at Dickinson Museum

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst will install a sprinkler system and new heating and cooling units with a $380,000 grant it has received from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. Such nuts and bolts jobs are typically tough fundraising projects, said Jane Wald, project manager at the Emily Dickinson Museum. “But they are critical to our ability to fulfill our mission … 0

Southampton man to lead area Boy Scouts council

Thursday, July 10, 2014

southampton — The newly elected president of the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America doesn’t want for experience in scouting. Jeff Glaze of Southampton, who became president June 30, has been involved with the Boy Scouts since 1968, when he was 10. In 1971, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Westfield Troop 110. “Scouting is alive and well … 0

Amherst wins state grant to student polluted brook

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — A contaminated brook which brings pollutants to the Fort River and may compromise the habitat for threatened and endangered species living in the river will be the subject of a study. A $36,100 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust will assist Amherst officials in determining how … 0

New Emily Williston Memorial Library director already at home in Easthampton

Thursday, July 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After moving over 1,000 miles from a small town in Iowa, the new Emily Williston Memorial Library director said she feels right at home in Easthampton. “I couldn’t be happier here,” said Stephanie Sueppel, 50, who … 0

Greenfield man pleads guilty to assault and resisting arrest charges; drug charges dropped after judge nulls search and seizure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man was sentenced to 18 months behind bars after pleading to assault and resisting arrest charges Thursday morning. Rafael Rivera, 25, of 112 Fairview St was also indicted by a Hampshire County grand jury on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute … 0

Northampton police

Thursday, July 10, 2014

■ James M. Gould, 29, of 421 North Main St., building 6, Leeds, was arrested at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday on the campus of the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System on a charge of possessing a burglarious instrument (hammer, screwdriver, pipe cutter, bolt cutters and a multi-tool), … 0

Southampton man arrested for allegedly exposing himself

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — A Southampton man who allegedly exposed himself to two women at Puffer’s Pond was arrested at the North Amherst recreation spot early Wednesday afternoon. John S. Fitzgerald, 47, of 54 Pequot Road, was arrested at 12:29 … 0

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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VIDEO ‘A Long Row in Fertile Ground,’ WGBY documentary on farming in the Connecticut River Valley, gets warm reception

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — There was no red carpet, but local farmers got a taste of star treatment Wednesday night at a premiere screening of a WGBY documentary on farming in the Connecticut River Valley. Approximately 130 people, including many … 0

Amherst Conservation Commission issues enforcement order, restoration plan for wetlands violations at Retreat property

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — With damage to wetlands on a 147-acre property in the Cushman section of Amherst where a large-scale student housing project is proposed, the Conservation Commission Wednesday approved a series of enforcement orders to prevent future violations at the site. As part of the enforcement orders, the … 0

Cell tower proposal in residential neighborhood gets rough reception in Hatfield; At&T says industrial properties not interested

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

HATFIELD — A proposal for an AT&T cellphone tower on property bordered by Straits Road and North Hatfield Road got a rough reception from a majority of the 50 residents who attended Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting. Representing AT&T, … 0

Arrests, crime reports for Amherst, South Hadley

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Amherst ∎ An Easthampton woman who broke into an Allen Street home Tuesday morning, spoke to a tenant and then fled was arrested a short time later, police said. Penny Sue Wainscott, 50, of 305 Main St., was arrested at 10:34 a.m. on Fearing Street on a charge … 0