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Frederick Orloski challenges incumbent Whately Select Board member Joyce Palmer Fortune who is running write-in campaign

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHATELY — Assessor Frederick P. Orloski seeks to unseat Select Board Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune in the Whately election June 9. Though Fortune is a two-term incumbent, she faces an uphill battle of sorts because her name is not on the ballot. She is running a write-in campaign due to a mix-up that caused her to miss the deadline for filing nomination papers. “I had all the necessary signatures collected …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey Bernstein of Newton-based BCK Law told the gathering at Greenfield Community College that although the …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary earns spot in Yankee Magazine ‘Best of New England’ travel guide

Monday, May 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Yankee Magazine has named Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to its annual list of New England’s best travel destinations. The sanctuary, listed in the category of “Best Birdwatching” in Massachusetts, is featured in the magazine’s Best of New England 2015 Editors’ Choice travel guide. The guide appears in the magazine’s May / June …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Northampton orders daytime ban on ‘nonessential’ outdoor water use

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City officials placed a daytime ban on “nonessential” outdoor water use Tuesday, citing low water levels in the Mill River. The ban — in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until the river rises — limits the watering of lawns to handheld hoses …

Monson man arrested after driving into ditch in Amherst, and other area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ■ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Amherst police say decorative UMass banners stolen from downtown light posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Several decorative banners that line the streets of downtown Amherst and serve as a welcome to visitors were stolen from downtown light posts last week, according to police. Detective Jamie Reardon said Tuesday that police are investigating the thefts, reported at 11:32 a.m. Friday. Each of …

Feeling clean

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Amherst marks Memorial Day with parade, speech by Operation Enduring Freedom veteran Justin Maynard

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Justin Maynard told the crowd gathered at the gates of the War Memorial swimming pool Monday morning about the day in Afghanistan just over four years ago when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated an …

Obama salutes fallen at Arlington

Monday, May 25, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 …

Soldier’s Heart founders from Belchertown seek to restore ‘the soul after war’

Monday, May 25, 2015

ROWE — As the nation on Memorial Day honored its soldiers who died in battles of every era, a psychotherapist specializing in “the war after war” says we need to resanctify the age-old compact with our warriors if we are ever to heal what he calls our “post-traumatic …

Police cruiser damaged as officers break up crowd near Mill River

Monday, May 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ A Northampton police cruiser was damaged about 4 p.m. Sunday after police dispersed a group of people near a dam behind Chartpak on River Road in Leeds. Police said they plan to summon a 21-year-old Chicopee man on charges of trespassing, trespassing with a motor vehicle, …

Amherst teacher, like her mother, to receive Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs — teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime …