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Kay McGinley, of Haydenville, browses vegetables during the Northampton Winter Farmers Market at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

Farmer’s markets in Northampton, Amherst offer community and plenty of variety

Sunday, December 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Customers and organizers of the Amherst and Northampton winter farmers markets agree that the weekly events are definitely not all about food. “I don’t even come to shop,” Alex Krogh-Grabbe said while waiting to meet up with friends at the Amherst market Saturday. The Amherst native was back in town from Providence to visit family. He wanted to meet up with a friend over the weekend, who said she was planning to go to the market. Krogh-Grabbe decided to come to enjoy the atmosphere, which included a folk music performance by Light Reaction. “Farmers markets are the new town commons,” he said. The …

Valley people head outside after weather breaks 50 Saturday

Sunday, December 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While forecasted to be only temporary, after the thermometer hit 52 degrees Saturday, Carol LaValle says she’d love for it to last. “I would get down and kiss the ground,” she said as she walked the Norwottuck Rail Trail near Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park in Florence. The Easthampton resident, along …

Four taken to hospital after Maple Farm Food in Hadley evacuated due to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide Friday

Friday, December 26, 2014

HADLEY — Four people were taken to the hospital Friday after being exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide at Maple Farm Foods in Hadley, police reported. At 2:30 p.m. Friday, the Hadley Fire Department received a call from Maple Farms Food at 10 South Maple St. reporting that a man had fainted, possibly due to exposure to exhaust fumes from a forklift. …

Student readers help nonprofit raise $4,000 for children’s Christmas gifts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — This holiday season, Rod Hart found himself glad to be “one of those mean teachers” who requires his students to read a lot of books. Thanks in part to his eighth-graders’ bookish determination, a local nonprofit was able to raise more than $4,000 to buy Christmas …

New Amherst town website aimed at mobile devices will debut Jan. 1

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

AMHERST — A focus on people who use mobile devices such as smartphones to access the town’s website is driving an overhaul that will go live Jan. 1. The concept of a “responsive website” means that it can be viewed as easily on cellphones and hand-held devices as …

Cummington students will be bused to Dalton after district votes to close Berkshire Trail Elementary School

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CUMMINGTON — A decision earlier this month to close the Berkshire Trail Elementary School leaves some students facing a one-way bus trip of 55 minutes next year, and town officials considering other options for educating Cummington children. The …

Sony reschedules ‘The Interview’ for limited Christmas release

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEW YORK — “The Interview” was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled …

Pittsfield man denies charges in death of Anthony Gamache of Goshen

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield man remains held without bail at the Berkshire County Jail after pleading not guilty to murder and other charges in the shooting death of Anthony Gamache of Goshen. Peter J. Campbell, 18, wearing orange …

Patrick Bousquet of Chicopee gets 2½ years in jail for slashing man with bottle in Westhampton

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Chicopee man was jailed Tuesday after admitting in court that he smashed a bottle over another man’s head and slashed his neck at a party in Westhampton in May. Patrick Bousquet pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to two counts of assault and battery …

Capsized kayaker on Nashawannuck Pond may have been trying to install Charlie Brown cutout on Christmas tree raft

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The kayaker rescued from Nashawannuck Pond by Easthampton firefighters Monday may have been trying to install a Charlie Brown cutout on the raft that holds a Christmas tree in the middle of the pond, according to Fire Chief David Mottor. Firefighters rescued the man, found clinging …

Police identify Glen Wheeler as Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police are notifying the community of a Level 3 sex offender living in the city. Glen C. Wheeler, 65, of 149 Bridge St., Apt. R, Northampton, has been determined by the state Sex Offender Registry Board …

Off the Beat: Valley CDC forum in Northampton scheduled Monday; ecoATM coming in spring; Carolyn Misch honored

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the most important projects eyed for Pleasant Street downtown is expected to get another public airing Monday night. In order to comply with a requirement tied to a $300,000 Community Preservation Act grant, the Valley Community Development Corp. has scheduled a public forum at …

Hadley student robot team preps for state meet, ponders moving from one FIRST to another

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HADLEY — Four years ago, five fourth graders from Hadley Elementary School established the first FIRST. Now with nine members and numerous awards, they are ready to move on to the second. In 2010, the youngsters formed a …