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Mount Holyoke College seniors Bharati Manandhar, left, and Maame Appiah-Korang work together during a 48 hour "HackEbola" event in the University of Massachusetts Lederle Graduate Research Center on Saturday.

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers Friday night and Saturday in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass. On Smith’s laptop …

Douglas Finn leaves Frontier Cable Access Televsion for Deerfield government job

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town has hired Douglas Finn, the general manager of Frontier Cable Access Television, as executive assistant to Town Administrator Kayce Warren. The decision ends a search that started in February, when Warren was named interim town administrator. Warren held the assistant position for a decade until former town administrator Bernard Kubiak retired in June 2013. Since February, she’s been working …

Deerfield seeks solution to keep wet wipes, other materials from jamming wastewater treatment plant equipment

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Thinking about sending that flushable wet wipe down the toilet? The director of the Deerfield Highway Department hopes you will think twice, because those and similar items have been jamming up equipment in the wastewater treatment plant and slowing operations. Highway Superintendent Kevin Scarborough explained the problem and possible solutions to the Select Board on Wednesday during a discussion about setting …

Leaders of Easthampton, Southampton police departments feud over ‘bad arrest,’ mutual aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Easthampton and Southampton officials recently signed a new agreement pledging to support each other’s policing efforts. But don’t expect the town’s chiefs to be sending each other roses anytime soon. In an argument that began in …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Wednesday …

‘Self-activation’ at issue in Easthampton and Southampton dispute over mutual aid agreement

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The new Western Massachusetts Mutual Aid Agreement that concerned Southampton Police Chief David G. Silvernail is one of many new regional agreements that are being established around the state. Easthampton Police Capt. Robert J. Alberti wrote the agreement based largely on those other regional agreements and …

Holiday lights in downtown Northampton will be lit, perhaps by Friday night

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city has stepped in to take over the popular holiday lights program, ending concerns that they would not be lit downtown after a judge last week ordered the Northampton Business Improvement District to shut down. Mayor David J. Narkewicz announced Thursday that the city has …

Historical Commission will weigh in on One East Pleasant project in Amherst

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — The Planning Board will wait to hear from the Historical Commission before making a decision on final site plan approval for the 84-unit, mixed-use development that would replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. At its the fourth hearing on the project dubbed One East Pleasant on Wednesday, …

Grow Food Northampton names Clem Clay of Amherst new executive director

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Four years after its founding, Grow Food Northampton has named a new executive director, Clem Clay, who grew up on a farm in Vermont, managed farmers markets in California and spent a decade in land preservation …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Northampton CHURCH SPEAKER: The Bible Baptist Church of Northampton will offer a guest speaker at 9:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday Pastor John Little will preach and report on mission work in the Northeast. He is field director for Baptist Church Planters. All are welcome at the church at …

Ashfield woman faces charges after Jeep strikes utility pole in Amherst, cutting power and closing road

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — A 22-year-old Ashfield woman will be summoned to court on several motor vehicle-related charges after the Jeep she was driving at the intersection of Sunderland Road and Route 116 struck a utility pole early Thursday morning, police said. The woman, who was not at the scene …

Fire which started on porch of house in Sunderland extinguished in 10 minutes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Michael and Carol Ahearn were sitting on the couch and recliner in their living room just after 9 p.m. Wednesday when her nose picked up an unusual smell. “She said, ‘I think something is burning,’ and we had some Yankee Candles lit, so I blew them …

State will replace 105-year-old bridge in East Deerfield

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EAST DEERFIELD — A dilapidated bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks on McClelland Farm Road, which was last rebuilt in the 1950s, will now be replaced. At a public hearing Tuesday in the Deerfield town offices, representatives …