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Power outages planned in Easthampton Tuesday night for electric system upgrades

Monday, July 6, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Upgrades to the electric system will lead to a scheduled power interruption overnight Tuesday into Wednesday for residents and businesses on several streets in the city’s center. The work is scheduled for 11 p.m. Tuesday to about 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from Eversource Energy. Customers on the following streets should expect power outages during those hours: Campus Lane, Chapman Avenue, High Street, Lyman Avenue, …

‘Way-finding’ signs help guide tourists on Pioneer Valley’s scenic byways

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

With more people expected to take to the highways than in the past eight years, according to an American Automobile Association projection, the Pioneer Valley has some new tourist-oriented signs to guide them. The “way-finding” signs, which have gone up over the past three weeks along the five scenic byways in Franklin County, …

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launches study of region’s electricity needs, natural gas capacity

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is launching an evaluation of options for the region’s electricity needs over the next 15 years, including whether more natural gas capacity is necessary. The attorney general’s office announced Monday that the study will be conducted, with support from the Barr Foundation of Boston, to better understand the need for additional gas capacity in New England. The …

‘Different spokes for different folks’: Increased promotion sought to bring more cyclists to Valley

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way …

Whately to raise legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21

Saturday, July 4, 2015

WHATELY — The Board of Health plans to adopt revisions to its tobacco sales regulations July 15 that would raise the legal age of buying tobacco from 18 to 21. Chairman Francis Fortino said two residents spoke in favor of the policy during a public hearing Wednesday night. …

Hilltown Voices: Large turnouts in Chesterfield and Goshen approve WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In two of the best-attended special Town Meetings in recent memory, Chesterfield and Goshen this week each overwhelmingly approved spending more than $1 million to help create a regional state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. The project will be built and operated by WiredWest, a cooperative seeking to provide broadband …

The Rev. Thomas Shea retires from St. Patrick’s Church in South Hadley after 49 years as a priest

Saturday, July 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The Rev. Thomas Shea was in Rome for a four-month course on sacraments and moral teachings when Thomas Ludger Dupré, then bishop of the Springfield Diocese, called to say there was an opening for a …

Area police news

Friday, July 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Dennis Lavigne, 36, of 12 Weaver Circle, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Friday on Cherry Lane on a warrant. Police said Lavigne was found in a vehicle with Vermont license plates parked on the street after a resident reported that someone might be living in the …

Solar farm developer says proposed moratorium in Shutesbury would kill project

Friday, July 3, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Developers proposing a six-megawatt solar farm to Pratt Corner Road are ready to begin the town’s permitting process, even as a citizens’ petition is before officials requesting that any action by town boards be delayed until a new solar bylaw is developed. Marnin Lebovits, managing director …

Former Chesterfield official David Kielson files lawsuit alleging that hip surgery worsened dementia

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former longtime Chesterfield official well known in the Hilltowns has filed a lawsuit alleging hip surgery in 2013 turned a mild condition of dementia into a severe case. The suit was filed Friday on behalf of David and Gail Kielson against Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surgeon …

Memories of Debra Tautznik shared with much emotion in Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Surely it’s a sign of a life well lived when people are laughing while crying — and sometimes sobbing while smiling — at a person’s memorial service. That was what happened during many of the stories …

Gazette offices closed Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The offices of the Daily Hampshire Gazette will be closed on Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Customers experiencing any delivery issues may contact the customer service department at 413-586-1925 between 7 and 10 a.m. The Gazette will be published on Saturday, when customer …

Marine killed during World War II is buried in Massachusetts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Marine killed during World War II in the Pacific battle of Tarawa has been buried in his hometown. Capt. Richard Vincent’s remains arrived by plane in Connecticut on Wednesday and were taken to Westfield for burial on Thursday. Vincent was reported killed in action …