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Mixed reaction from area legislators to first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker

Friday, March 6, 2015

The first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker has gotten a mixed reaction from the area’s state legislative leaders, who raised questions about details in the proposal as well as concerns about sections that could shortchange western Massachusetts. Among these are proposed cuts for tourism and regional school busing. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, said he has already heard about cuts that would eliminate regional tourist councils such as the Franklin …

Deerfield and Sunderland consider regional wastewater treatment plant

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Boards in Sunderland and Deerfield are beginning to talk about yet another potential regional project — consolidating sewer services. They are discussing the possibility of decommissioning one of the town’s wastewater treatment plants, upgrading, expanding and hardening the other one against powerful weather events such as Tropical Storm Irene and pumping both towns’ wastewater to that plant — a …

‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss characters entertain students at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — “The Cat in the Hat” and company paid a visit to Crocker Farm Elementary School on Wednesday. To celebrate “Read Across America,” a nationwide event sponsored by the National Education Association, Crocker Farm librarian Susan McQuaid invited the famous Dr. Seuss character and some of his companions to the school cafeteria …

After gun threat on Plain Street, Easthampton man taken to hospital for mental evaluation; nobody hurt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police detained a distraught Plain Street resident Thursday afternoon after he threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to enter his house at 12 Plain St. Nobody was hurt in the incident, according to Police …

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. …

Roof on century-old barn in Granby collapses under weight of snow

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

GRANBY — Robin Mercier was standing in her driveway talking with her cousin just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday when she heard a crunching sound and then a loud thwack just before the rood of a barn across the street collapsed under the weight of this winter’s snow. …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante defends police named in UMass student’s lawsuit over Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Town Manager John Musante issued a statement Wednesday defending five Amherst Police officers who have been sued by a student arrested during last year’s Blarney Blowout. “The police professionals on duty that day were confronted with behavior that threatened public safety,” Musante wrote Wednesday. “I am …

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies …

Paul Goodhind named principal of Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Completing a change in leadership for the younger grades, the School Department announced Wednesday that Paul Goodhind, an educator in central Massachusetts, will be the new principal of Mosier Elementary School. He will replace Jill Pasquini-Torchia who is moving over to the Plains Elementary School …

Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris will appear at free concert for UMass students Saturday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — An on-campus concert aimed at keeping University of Massachusetts Amherst students off the town streets during this year’s Blarney Blowout on Saturday will feature three big names and about two dozen banned items. The artists will be Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris, according to a statement …

Harold Tramazzo, owner of Hangar Pub and Grill, takes over operations at Amherst Brewing Co.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill is taking over all operations at the nearby Amherst Brewing Co., including food preparation, customer service and beer brewing. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday that he intends to keep Amherst Brewing moving forward as changes are made …

Amherst Regional stages production of Tony award-winning musical ‘Hairspray’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The curtain will rise Thursday at Amherst Regional High School for the Tony award-winning musical “Hairspray.” The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2002, portrays 1960s Baltimore during racial integration. “We wanted to take on something …

Former employees André and Devon Boulay take ownership of downtown icon A2Z Science & Learning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident André Boulay remembers trips to Northampton when he was around 7 from his Blandford home — they invariably involved stops at a place he adored, A2Z Science & Learning Store in Thornes Marketplace. Extra …