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Northampton’s Hampshire Power will supply Lowell with locally produced renewable energy in ‘historic’ deal

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what its leaders believe is a first-of-its-kind agreement, the electricity arm of the Hampshire Council of Governments has inked a deal to supply power to the city of Lowell solely through renewable energy produced in New England. Earlier this month, the state’s fourth-largest city located in the northeastern Massachusetts signed a contract through which Hampshire Power will supply electricity to about 31,000 residential and 4,200 commercial ratepayers …

South Hadley Town Meeting to consider $30,000 study on bike paths

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Creating bicycle and walking links between the Falls neighborhood and the South Hadley village center will be the focus of a Pioneer Valley Planning Commission study if Town Meeting voters approve $30,000 to pay for it. The study would also consider providing more access to the Connecticut River, which is a regional priority, according to PVPC planner Christopher Curtis. Approval …

After student's death, UMass eyes parental notice in informant cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program run by the University of Massachusetts police will be reviewed by UMass officials to determine whether parents of informants in drug cases should be notified. Campus spokesman Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement Monday that UMass Police and Student Affairs, with input from students, will investigate whether changes …

Anthony Rogers of Amherst injures ankle, rescued from Mount Israel in New Hampshire

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — It took six hours to get an Amherst man off the mountain, but the ankle injury he received when he slipped on a trail on Mount Israel Saturday was described a routine for hikers in the White Mountains this time of year. Anthony Rogers, 65, of …

Area police news

Friday, September 26, 2014

Northampton ∎ A 44-year-old Ashland woman was stopped by police Sunday at 10:44 a.m. at 300 N. Main St. after police observed her driving erratically and almost hitting a guardrail. Police said the woman appeared groggy and lethargic. They took prescription medications that were in the car and …

Area police news

Monday, September 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 20-year-old Kings Park, New York, man will be summoned to court on a charge of malicious destruction of property following an incident at a Lincoln Avenue home at 1:33 a.m. Sunday. ∎ A break-in at a Hobart Lane home during which windows were damaged and …

Hot-air balloon makes emergency landing in breakdown lane of Interstate 91 morthbound in Whately

Monday, September 29, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons are not so frequent. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after dropping her daughter off at college when she …

Easthampton school notes: Easthampton High School student Bryan Delaney keynoter at annual conference

Monday, September 29, 2014

Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney will be a keynote speaker at “Find Your Voice,” the third annual Youth Conference on Substance Abuse Prevention Oct. 8 at Greenfield Community College. The conference, organized by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan’s office, aims to steer youth away from substance …

Zoo closed this week at Look Memorial Park in Florence

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors to Look Memorial Park at 300 North Main St. , Florence, this week will have to skip a visit to the zoo. The Christenson Zoo is closed all week while workers reconstruct fencing, according to …

Easthampton says farewell to Tim Luce, retiring Maple School principal, welcomes Judith Averill, whom he mentored

Monday, September 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — It could be said that Maple School Principal Thomas “Tim” Luce began his education career as a high school student in Connecticut, when as a member of the “Future Teachers” club, he tutored children at local …

UMass student turned informant to avoid parents learning of drug charge OD'd; university informant program under scrutiny

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of …

Hiker injured in fall on J.A. Skinner State Park in Hadley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HADLEY — Fire crews worked late into the night Sunday rescuing an injured hiker who fell at J.A. Skinner State Park. Emergency personnel from the Hadley fire and police departments were called to the scene just before 7 …

Tomas Clark of Florence dies in early morning crash in Williamsburg

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A 25-year-old Florence man extricated from a vehicle that smashed into a utility pole at high speed in Williamsburg early Sunday morning died in the hospital several hours later from his injuries. Tomas Q. Clark was …