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Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity supply available in the region when demand grows during the winter. The letter from ISO New England to the Federal Energy Regulatory …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review …

Southampton residents, town employees assail proposal to share inspection services with Holyoke

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A proposal to outsource the town’s inspection services to Holyoke was met with strong and unanimous opposition from dozens of residents at Town Hall Tuesday night as well as a Holyoke city councilor who slammed the idea. Speaking before the Select Board and a standing-room-only crowd of about 50 people, Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto said he knows of constituents in …

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 ∎ Mitchell Aaron Strojny, 21, of 5 Laurie Drive, Southampton, was arrested at 10:05 p.m. Monday outside downtown bars on a charge of violating the town’s open container bylaw. ∎ A 20-year-old Kings Park, New York, man will be summoned to court on a charge of malicious …

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 …

Two Amherst officers break hands in separate incidents involving same suspect

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst Police officers won’t be able to work for an undetermined amount of time after they each suffered a broken hand during separate incidents Saturday involving the same person. The incidents occurred to officers, who Amherst Police did not identify, in the morning and in …