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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman new director of Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. An experienced leader in policy and advocacy, Barajas-Román will now lead one of the top social change philanthropic organizations dedicated to women’s … 0

Whately Historical Society sponsors tour of town’s old ‘Main Street’

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WHATELY — Did you know that the milk bottle in Whately center was once a dairy bar on Routes 5 and 10? Or that there was once a general store at the Whately Inn? The Whately Historical Society will host a guided tour up and down Chestnut Plain Road on Saturday, during which … 0

Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — Police said charges will likely be filed against the driver of a car that went off South East Street Monday around 10 p.m., struck a tree and nearly hit a house, injuring the male driver and a female passenger. Sgt. Jesus Arocho declined to specify what the charges might be or … 1

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air … 0

Adams Street in Amherst will be closed for work on water main, fire hydrant

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — A water main and a new fire hydrant being installed on Adams Street will require the road to be closed to all traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday The work by the town’s Water Department starts at the intersection of Heatherstone Road and Adams Street and … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ McClellan Street residents at 10:49 p.m. Thursday reported a break-in that occurred after 8:30 p.m. when money was taken from a purse. There were no signs of forced entry to the home. ∎ Jayson Renard Stinson, 30, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Unit B, Belchertown, was … 0

Norwell man arrested near McGuirk Stadium after low-speed chase

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — A Norwell man was arrested near McGuirk Alumni Stadium Thursday night after leading police on a low-speed chase for a mile and then refusing to leave the vehicle when he finally pulled it over. Dominic Christian Wooten, 22, was arrested at 11:15 p.m. on Stadium Drive … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black tern and a greater scaup have been seen off the Winsor Dam at the south end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 29, 2014

TUFTED TITMOUSE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “Peter, Peter, Peter” would have been what I would have heard from this tufted titmouse, should it have decided to sing while perched … 0

Nature’s water purifiers: The “bugs” in wastewater treatment

Friday, August 29, 2014

Often in life we take the little things for granted. But microorganisms, which are among the world’s smallest creatures, are nature’s workhorses. Aquatic ecosystems rely on a diversity of organisms to consume organic matter and filter impurities from … 0

Theresa Brooks of Templeton killed in Pelham accident

Friday, August 29, 2014

PELHAM — A Templeton woman was killed Thursday night when the car in which she was a passenger went off Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) and over an embankment, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Theresa Brooks, 83, was one of two passengers in a car driven … 0

Dog injures two children during recess at Crocker Farm School in Amherst

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — Two children at Crocker Farm School suffered minor injuries when they were bitten by a loose dog on the playground during the first day of school Thursday. Detective Michael Forcum said police were called to the school at 1:26 p.m. after the children were in the … 0

Montreal-based online farm-to-fork marketplace eyes Pioneer Valley

Friday, August 29, 2014

Getting food from local farms onto more local menus is an idea that’s been on everyone’s plate for a while. Farms and restaurants need a matchmaker, and beyond that, someone who will play the time-consuming role of coordinator, … 0