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Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed Tuesday by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted 4-0 to issue the delay, is giving Cinda Jones, the president of W.D. Cowls, the opportunity to ask that the delay be lifted in a few months, because of the extensive work she … 0

Southampton teen Anthony Lucchesi accepted to elite BMX program at Olympic Training Center

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Anthony Lucchesi, 15, has been winning state and regional BMX racing titles since he started speeding around dirt tracks on his BMX bicycle at age 12. But on Friday, Lucchesi learned that he won the thing that had been eluding him — a chance to train with other elite racers at … 0

Weed eaters Volunteers help check spread of pond-choking invasive plants

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven volunteers climbed into kayaks and canoes and floated onto Fitzgerald Lake this weekend to launch a counteroffensive against an invasion of water chestnuts. Their efforts yielded 16 30-gallon trash bags full of the invasive plant, which the volunteers pulled up to prevent it from choking out other native plants that … 0

Afghan veteran who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President … 0

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dying is certainly not what it used to be. During my career as a medical ethicist, there has been a remarkable shift in the types of end-of-life cases I have been asked to consult on. Today, the most … 2

'No one knows where my money is' Pre-paid funeral funds at beleaguered Ryder's missing; State demonstrates lax oversight of pre-paid system

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On March 19, Pamela Rys and her sister sat down with former funeral director William W. Ryder at the now-closed Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley and made funeral arrangements in advance for their elderly parents. … 0

'Robbing the Grave' Pre-need funeral contract fraud and mismanagement has been on state's radar for 10 years

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The challenge of making sure consumers get what they paid for in pre-need funeral contracts is not limited to the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home. Nor is it a new concern. A former Boston funeral home director, Joseph V. O’Donnell, 55, was being held last week on … 0

Tibetan community grateful for U.S. Rep. McGovern’s bill for a more accessible Tibet

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the steps of City Hall Monday, dozens of Tibetans draped white scarves around the neck of U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern one by one in a show of gratitude and auspicious wishes for the politician … 1

Police arrest Gary Couchon of Easthampton on six charges after alleged murder attempt, assault on disabled women

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man is being held without bail on charges, including attempted murder, after an incident in Easthampton Sunday night in which he is alleged to have assaulted two disabled women. Gary P. Couchon, 59, of … 0

Not pets: Amherst apartment dweller told to stop keeping wild pigeons inside his home

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Last month, Mildred Christensen, who lives in Village Park apartments, saw her neighbor carrying a cage filled with pigeons into his apartment. She thought that was odd. Bringing wild birds inside didn’t seem right. Plus, “You … 0

Pekarski’s Sausage owner cycles for cancer research

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The wheel of a meat grinder won’t be the only thing that Pekarski Sausage owner Michael Pekarski will be spinning this August. Come Aug. 2 and 3, Pekarski will ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike-a-thon that begins in Sturbridge and takes participants across the … 0

Despite contamination concerns, former Northampton King Street car dealership lot eyed for development

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City and state officials said Monday that contamination in the ground at a former Honda dealership on King Street is not thwarting efforts to redevelop the site. State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Catherine Skiba said Monday that the 171-187 King St. lot that was a … 0

Break-ins reported at two Amherst homes

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Two break-ins to Amherst homes reported during the weekend are being investigated by police. The first break-in, which police were notified about Friday at 7:03 p.m., occurred at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., said Detective David Foster. A laptop was stolen after forced entry was … 0