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61 N. Farms Road, Williamsburg, where lightning is suspected to have struck a home late July 23.

UPDATED: Fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra's North Farms Road, home; lightning strike blamed

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday night. Guerra, owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants was standing across the street from the scene of the early-morning … 0

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she said. The resident, Alexander Therkelsen, will be staying with family. In a press release, Goshen … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up your photos, and 2: “Lock your … 0

Storm downs some trees, power lines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A line of strong thunderstorms that rolled across western Massachusetts Wednesday night left in its wake several hundred homes without power and one Northampton house that had its chimney blown apart by lightning. Damage from the storm was … 0

Coming around again; Once considered ‘dead’, vinyl LPs making a comeback

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If Bill Chamberlain had told you five years ago he was going to open a music store specializing in vinyl LPs, you might have told him he was nuts. Now, you might want to ask him … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 0

Beware E-ZPass scam

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery, and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that sends authentic-looking emails notifying people of supposed road toll violations and … 0

Selectmen target French King Bridge suicides

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss of life and the danger to local police and firefighters … 0

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to … 0

Former Belchertown schools superintendent Judith Houle reflects on the turmoil, accomplishments that marked her tenure

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Though pressured to leave over her handling of a number of student safety and discipline issues, former School Superintendent Judith Houle said she is happy with the role she played in technology and curriculum development during … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was … 0

One-day music festival set for Saturday in South Hadley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Originally conceived two years ago as a community-building event, FallsFest quickly morphed from a block party to celebrate South Hadley Falls to an all out music festival last summer. FallsFest happens again this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with a children’s music hour with Bill … 0

Visiting Iraqi students hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst IRAQ PRESENTATION/FUNDRAISER: A fundraising meal for the Amherst Senior Center, hosted by 24 students visiting from Iraq, takes places at Bistro 63 at The Monkey Bar & Grill, 63 North Pleasant St., Thursday at 7 p.m. The Iraqi students are participating in the University of Massachusetts Civic … 0