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State Yo-Yo Contest comes to Eastworks Building Saturday

Thursday, April 24, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Yo-yo pros from around the New England will come to Easthampton Saturday to compete in the 10th annual Massachusetts State Yo-Yo Contest at the Eastworks Building. The event, put on by city businessman and National Yo-Yo Master André Boulay, offers a total of $700 in cash prizes for the top three competitors and is open to youth and adults. It will also guest star national yo-yo champions and … 0

Northampton’s Saturday farmers market — one of the first in the state — celebrates 40th anniversary

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In 1974, UMass Extension vegetable specialist John Howell visited area farmers to talk them into coming to Gothic Street on Saturday mornings to sell their produce directly to customers at a little thing he was trying to start called a farmers market. “Some of them were skeptical — well, most of … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Amherst ■ Lauren N. Rose, 21, of Derry, N.H., was arrested at 12:09 a.m. Thursday on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. Easthampton ■ An Easthampton woman suffered minor injuries after she was struck by a car … 0

Reductions, surplus account allow Sunderland Select Board to balance proposed budget

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Just days before annual Town Meeting, the Select Board has balanced the proposed budget for next year. The Select Board on Tuesday made last-minute reductions and proposed to use $26,249 from the town’s surplus account to fill a $91,198 budget gap. The Sunderland Elementary School Committee … 0

George Gay, of Hatfield, arrested after cache of drugs allegedly discovered in his car

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Hatfield man faces drug charges after police say they found a cache of drugs in his car during a traffic stop. George Gay, 22, of 17 Scotland Road, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of … 0

Amherst, UMass officials prepare for potential weekend disturbances

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — As the semester for local college students winds down, public safety officials are planning for the possibility of a weekend in which alcohol-fueled behavior could cause disturbances around town. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said Tuesday … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Break-ins to vehicles parked on Summer and Mill streets in the area of Puffer’s Pond are being investigated by police. The first was reported at 8:27 a.m. Tuesday and a laptop was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The second was reported at 4:05 p.m. and loose … 0

SLIDESHOW: A sure sign of spring: Black bears seen in Pioneer Valley neighborhoods

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Ed Orzechowski and his wife, Gail, moved to Bear Hill Estates in Florence a little more than a year ago, they assumed the name of the complex was a Pioneer Valley throwback. But over the … 0

Opening statements delivered in rape trial of former UMass student Weilang Wang

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — During a rape trial Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court, a prosecutor said Weilang Wang is a predator who “knew what he wanted and took it,” while his defense attorney contended that the encounter last year was … 0

Personnel reductions among cuts proposed to cover nearly $1 million Belchertown budget gap

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Town Administrator Gary Brougham and school Superintendent Judith Houle have presented members of the School and Finance committees a list of cuts being considered to fill a gap of almost $1 million between what it would … 0

Amherst Chamber hires former Springfield BID chief as its new executive director

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — A Springfield resident with an extensive background in economic development and historic preservation is the new executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Donald Courtemanche, who resigned as executive director of the Springfield Business … 0

Yankee Candle President Harlan Kent to depart

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Harlan Kent, the president and CEO of Yankee Candle Co., is leaving after 13 years. Rachel Wilson, a spokeswoman with Jarden Corp., confirmed that Kent will “eventually move on. He has exciting opportunities ahead of … 0

Obama mourns with mudslide survivors

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OSO, Wash. — Swooping over a landscape of unspeakable sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month. He pledged a … 0