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Firefighters return from wildfire duty in Oregon

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and 10 Department of Conservation and Recreation state firefighters from across Massachusetts to fight two fires, including the Eldorado Fire near Unity, Ore. …

UMass cancer researcher looks to limit testing on animals

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Shelly Peyton, a 34-year-old assistant professor and chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project that may lead to a reduction in testing cancer drugs in animals. Peyton recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in part to create environments that mimic human …

Whately will ask Town Meeting for money to fix historic window

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines. According to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski, one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s historic Town Hall was smashed as well. Though the town was planning to replace some …

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who …

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back …

Timothy Lipski denies charges related to two alleged armed robberies in Easthampton and Northampton

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to two counts of armed, masked robbery and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with two alleged robberies of stores in Easthampton and Northampton in 2013. By agreement of the …

Bail reduced for Boston woman who allegedly cashed $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics in 2013

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Boston woman who was initially charged in 2013 with cashing $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics had her bail reduced in Hampshire Superior Court Friday. Aisha Freeman, 39, has pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Aug. 6 to charges of larceny over …

Cummington Fair draws large turnout Friday, fun continues through Sunday

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Cummington Fair is living up to its billing as the “biggest and bets little fair in the country,” based on the sizeable crowds that have flocked to the Hilltowns to take part in the first …

Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place

Saturday, August 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord …

Emily Dickinson documentary falls short of Kickstarter goal

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The future of plans to create a documentary on the life of Emily Dickinson is uncertain after the film’s production company failed to meet its fundraising goal on Kickstarter Friday. The producers of “A Quiet Passion,” the Dickinson biopic that was shot in Amherst this summer, …

Road rage incident spawns two separate accidents in Easthampton Friday night

Friday, August 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two accidents involving three cars on Route 10 in Easthampton Friday night likely started from a single incident of road rage in Southampton, police said. It all began when one car turned on to Route 10 …

Murals, paintings from Iraqi and American art exchange go up around Northampton

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A mural of Northampton painted by young people in the Valley went up at Serio’s Market Wednesday as part of a project displaying art by Iraqi and American youth. The mural was painted in 2009 by 16 youths ages 14 through 18, under the guidance of …