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KEVIN GUTTING
A crew from Northern Tree Service clears brush from the east side of Mountain Rd. (Rt. 141) in Easthampton on Monday. The road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday, April 30, to remove trees uprooted in the October 8 microburst.

Mountain Road in Easthampton closed for much of week as crews continue clearing fallen trees

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mountain Road will remain closed for most of the next few days as work continues to clear trees that pose a danger of falling into the busy street. Mountain Road (Route 141) will continue to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday as crews work to clean up trees uprooted by the Oct. 8 microburst …

Amherst TM raises recreation subsidies for low-income families

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AMHERST — Arguing that many families can’t afford to send their children to town-sponsored recreation programs, members of Town Meeting added more than $100,000 to the community services budget at the first session of annual Town Meeting Monday. Town Meeting members voted, by a 97-78 tally, to appropriate $105,000 that town officials will use to increase subsidies for low-income children to help them …

Southampton candidates outline views at forum

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Both men vying for a seat on the Board of Health agree that the now-vacant heath agent position should remain a salaried position and not paid on an “as needed basis.” A question about paying a health agent as a contractor was asked of Jeffrey M. Dugas and Charles D. Kaniecki …

Christine Archambault changes mind, will stay on as South Hadley Electric Light Department commissioner

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Less than two weeks after a hotly contested election in which five candidates ran for two open seats as commissioners on the South Hadley Electric Light Department, Christine Archambault last week said she would resign. But over the weekend she changed her mind and said …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but …

Sunderland Town Meeting adopts lower Frontier Regional budget, backs anti-pipeline resolution

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School District towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The vote at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for …

Summary of findings and recommendations in the Walker Parking Consultants report

Friday, April 24, 2015

The management techniques in place in Northampton are sound, but some “tweaks” should help to reduce pressure on employees looking for all-day parking and visitors needing easy access, according to a study released Friday that was prepared by Walker Parking Consultants. Short term ∎ Increase the rate on …

Study recommends increasing Northampton parking costs, fines

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Despite any public opinion to the contrary, the parking system in Northampton is efficiently run, for the most part has adequate capacity and with some fairly minor tweaks could be even more efficient and less stressful …

Amherst to focus inspections on common areas at multi-family dwellings

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — As more than 1,300 property owners begin renewing their rental permits in advance of a June 30 deadline, the town’s inspection services department will focus on inspecting common areas at multi-family dwellings. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Friday that periodic inspections of common areas is a …

Amherst Police will join national initiative to enforce law prohibiting texting while driving

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Police will crack down on texting while driving during an initiative conducted through Friday. The Amherst Police Department is joining 191 other law enforcement agencies in the state in the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” mobilization, which is funded by a federal grant …

Scott Pascoe of Amherst arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly hitting bicyclist

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was arrested Thursday night on a charge of drunken driving after the vehicle he was driving a short distance from his Main Street residence struck a bicyclist, according to police. Scott Pascoe, 44, of 536 Main St., Apartment 3, was turning into a …

Area police news

Friday, April 24, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Samantha M. Baghdadi, 44, of 66½ Maple St. Apt. N, was arrested at 1:06 a.m. Friday at her home on a warrant. Police arrested Baghdadi after responding to the apartment for a medical call involving her roommate. Northampton ∎ The theft of a battery valued at …

Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and …