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Members of the Williamsburg Fire Department check out the scene of an accident Sunday evening in which a deer collided with a motorcycle on Ashfield Road. .

Motorcycle riders injured in collision with deer in Williamsburg

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured Sunday evening after colliding with a deer while traveling on Ashfield Road in Williamsburg, emergency responders reported. The accident occurred around 8 p.m., with the Williamsburg police and fire departments, and Highland Ambulance arriving shortly thereafter. According to Fire Chief Jason Connell, the operator, Brian Culver, and his passenger, Ashley Cote, were taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. He said he did not know their hometowns. Connell said Culver was somehow able to keep the motorcycle upright and under control before coming to a stop after the collision. “Both were …

Sunny weekend, big events keep Amherst police busy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people converged on Amherst over a three-day weekend to take advantage of warm, sunny weather and two popular events — Extravaganja on the Town Common and the spring concert at the University of Massachusetts. Even though no arrests were linked to either event, police were kept busy over a weekend in which officers handled 298 calls for service between …

Local Jewish, Muslim students embark on journeys of faith, understanding

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Growing up in Florence, Eliza Moss-Horwitz, 17, does not remember meeting a person of Muslim faith. She attended Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school, for kindergarten through grade 6, then JFK Middle School. She describes her classmates as having been mostly like her: Caucasian, and in the elementary grades, of Jewish …

Judge dismisses some counts, adds others to lawsuit against Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge this week dismissed some counts and added new ones in a lawsuit alleging negligence against the Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes. The lawsuit is one of seven filed against the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home regarding the alleged mishandling of remains. The …

Hilltown Voices: Robin Merritt promoted to lieutenant, first woman officer in Williamsburg Fire Department

Friday, April 17, 2015

Williamsburg Fire Chief Jason Connell on Tuesday promoted firefighter Robin Merritt to the rank of lieutenant. Merritt now holds the distinction of being the first woman to become an officer in the Williamsburg Fire Department. Town Clerk Brenda …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Second Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, Stanley Cliche, Robert Cooley, Adele Cousland, …

Veterans Voice: News of interest to local veterans

Friday, April 17, 2015

Announcements ELECTION: DAV Chapter 92 will be conducting their nominations and elections of chapter officers for 2015-2016 Thursday, 7 p.m., at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence. There will be a collation following the meeting. All active chapter 92 members are welcome to attend and vote. ASSISTANCE: …

Friday, April 17, 2015

Into the wild Second-graders at the Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School in Williamsburg received a hands-on lesson on releasing trout fish into the wild. Students in teacher Johanna Korpita’s class raised the trout fry at school and on …

Northampton City Council OKs water and sewer rate freeze; advances plastic bag ban

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City residents will not see a change in water and sewer rates over the next year after the City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to freeze the rates. The council also voted unanimously to advance a measure that would ban single-use plastic shopping bags such as …

Pacific trade pact gets bipartisan boost

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his …

Worthington hires Gretchen Morse-Dobosz as principal of R.H. Conwell Elementary School

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The School Committee has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, of Shelburne, as principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School after interviewing two finalists. “We originally had 14 applications that we narrowed down to four and then chose the …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

Garrett Crehan of Ashfield charged with assaulting psychiatric patient at Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact …