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Around Easthampton: Citywide tag sale set for May 16; EHS freshman to skip 16th birthday party, hold food and clothing drive

Saturday, April 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Three city residents are organizing Easthampton’s first citywide tag sale to be held May 16 beginning at 9 a.m. Joan LaRose, Nancy Wagner and Gail Croake are encouraging anyone interested in having a tag sale this spring to join their efforts and schedule their own sale for May 16. So far 25 people from all sections of Easthampton have agreed to hold a tag sale at their own …

Hadley Highway Department will not sweep town roads this year

Saturday, April 18, 2015

HADLEY — Sweeping of town roads by the Hadley Highway Department will not be done this year because of a change from sand to salt for maintaining winter roads. Residents are advised not to push any lawn sweepings into the road. In the past, these would be removed with the sand. These sweepings are now the responsibility of the homeowner. For more information, …

Paving at Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive will cause detours, traffic delays

Saturday, April 18, 2015

AMHERST — A project to pave the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive beginning Monday will require periodic detours for about 10 days. The biggest change will be for northbound vehicles on University Drive, which will be detoured west at Southwest Circle, driving between Lots 33 and 21, and then entering Massachusetts Avenue. Detours are expected Monday, Wednesday, April 27 and April …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Second Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, Stanley Cliche, Robert Cooley, Adele Cousland, …

Veterans Voice: News of interest to local veterans

Friday, April 17, 2015

Announcements ELECTION: DAV Chapter 92 will be conducting their nominations and elections of chapter officers for 2015-2016 Thursday, 7 p.m., at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence. There will be a collation following the meeting. All active chapter 92 members are welcome to attend and vote. ASSISTANCE: …

Friday, April 17, 2015

Into the wild Second-graders at the Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School in Williamsburg received a hands-on lesson on releasing trout fish into the wild. Students in teacher Johanna Korpita’s class raised the trout fry at school and on …

Northampton City Council OKs water and sewer rate freeze; advances plastic bag ban

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City residents will not see a change in water and sewer rates over the next year after the City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to freeze the rates. The council also voted unanimously to advance a measure that would ban single-use plastic shopping bags such as …

Pacific trade pact gets bipartisan boost

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his …

Worthington hires Gretchen Morse-Dobosz as principal of R.H. Conwell Elementary School

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The School Committee has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, of Shelburne, as principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School after interviewing two finalists. “We originally had 14 applications that we narrowed down to four and then chose the …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

Garrett Crehan of Ashfield charged with assaulting psychiatric patient at Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact …

Forums planned in Greenfield and Turners Falls on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two forums on the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and communities. To mark Earth Day, the Greenfield Community College Green Campus Committee will …

Easthampton High School students learn art of making videos

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It is no longer a mystery for some Easthampton High School students how those quirky videos they watch on YouTube are put together. “I just think it’s cool to see some videos with really good edits …