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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Northampton ∎ Darcy R. Flynn, 31, of 27 Elizabeth St., was arrested at 10:17 p.m. Monday on a charge of shoplifting over $100 by concealing merchandise. Police allege she shoplifted clothing and other items with a total value of $112.27. ∎ A resident of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. reported at 8:24 p.m. Monday that he opened his door and someone punched him in the face. ∎ A resident …

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approves long-term contracts for Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline planned to cross Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns are all contingent …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate a little longer. At 5, though, they notified Judge Richard J. Carey that they were …

Impact statement cites possible safety risks with pipeline

Monday, August 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield has officially made its submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental impact statement scoping process. The 12-page document, approved by the Board of Selectmen during their meeting last week, details the town’s concerns about the impact the pipeline could have on the town’s economy, …

Obama changes Mt. McKinley’s name to Denali on eve of trip

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Deerfield historians say pipeline threatens archaeological heritage

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The commissioner of the Deerfield Historical Commission and the director of Historic Deerfield have submitted a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raising concerns regarding how the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline could affect archaeological sites along its route. The report, authored by …

Residents submit petition to improve North Amherst intersection

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Residents concerned with the safety of a complicated North Amherst intersection where five roads merge have submitted a petition demanding immediate action from the Select Board. The petition, signed by 43 North Amherst residents and delivered to Town Hall Thursday, seeks “expeditious, constructive action” and first …

Registration open for hazard waste disposal in Shutesbury

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Residents interested in participating in a hazardous waste disposal at the Amherst transfer station have until Sept. 8 to register. The hazardous waste disposal event, which is also open to Amherst, Hadley and Pelham residents, will be held Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at …

Appointment for open South Hadley Electric Light Department seat to be made Tuesday

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Two candidates to fill a seat on the board of commissioners for the South Hadley Electric Light Department will present their credentials to a joint session of the Select Board and the remaining SHELD commissioners on Tuesday night. The seven members of the combined bodies …

Construction underway for half-mile extension of rail trail in Leeds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Construction has started on an over $500,000, half-mile extension of the MassCentral Rail Trail in Leeds, which is part of the city’s long-term goals to increase bicycle and foot traffic and connect the rail trail transportation network to Williamsburg. Gagliarducci Construction began working about two weeks …