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One rescued from Connecticut River swimming area in Northampton after leg injury Saturday

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A person with a leg injury was rescued from the Connecticut River swimming area off Hockanum Road Saturday afternoon. The Northampton Fire Department responded to a 911 call Saturday around 3 p.m. The injured person was found near a rope swing on the riverbank and is believed to have broken his leg, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Vanasse. Vanasse said he did not know the person’s age or …

Ribbon cutting for newly renovated old Town Hall in Easthampton set for ArtWalk Aug. 8

Saturday, August 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It was June 29, 1869, and Samuel Williston was presiding over a ceremony to dedicate Easthampton’s Town Hall, which had just been completed. Buildings had been painted, streets were cleaned and everyone was dressed in their finest attire for the day-long celebration. Attendees included a former lieutenant governor, local professors and …

Amherst parking report calls for new parking garage, improved signage and more

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AMHERST — As a downtown business owner since the 1980s, Nick Seamon has witnessed an increasing demand for parking in Amherst center that he says has gone unaddressed by the town — even with the opening of the 188-space Boltwood parking garage 13 years ago. “We’ve needed parking for 20 years,” said Seamon, …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser …

Vivian Poreda, accused of robbing Northampton bank with toy gun, on house arrest after making bail

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Since her arrest in June on an armed robbery charge, Vivian Poreda of Holyoke has asked two judges to let her go home on house arrest so she could take care of her ailing husband while awaiting trial. Poreda, 58, was able to return home Friday …

Belchertown Road Sunoco in Amherst closed by state for unpaid taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

AMHERST — A long-time service and gas station in the East Amherst village center is closed after the property was seized Thursday morning by officials with the state’s Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. A large sign informing the public about the seizure is taped to the window …

Residents group files suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, …

First-time buyers and average-priced homes driving a healthy real estate market in the Valley, Realtors say

Thursday, July 30, 2015

June is often the hottest month of the year for home sales, and this June was no exception. According to data from the multiple listing service, single-family home sales in Hampshire County were up about 3 percent compared …

Two people arrested for ecstasy possession in Amherst — and other area police news

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ Wayne L. Andrews Jr., 53, 7 Mulberry St. Apt. 3 in Leeds, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Haydenville Road on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police. South Hadley ∎ Charlsey Lee Mitchell, 26, of 12 Grant St., was arrested on Pleasant Street …

Medicare enrollees express their gratitude on the program’s 50th anniversary; leaders call for expanded health care rights

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former city Mayor Mary Lavo Ford cannot recall ever having to worry that, if she or her husband were to be hit with a large medical bill, their children would have to absorb the costs. This …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 …

Amherst eyes options for curbing alcohol use, off-leash dogs, access to restricted areas at Puffer’s Pond

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — As perhaps the town’s most popular recreational area during the summer, Puffer’s Pond is enjoyed by many individuals and families from throughout the Amherst area. But because so many people visit the pond — which offers …

Amherst report takes stock of public buildings, makes recommendations for future use

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Imagine a new fire station where the Department of Public Works now sits. Or a complex of buildings in North Amherst that could include the North Amherst Library and the Amherst Family Center. These are just a few of the ideas presented to the Select Board …