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Plainfield joins with Ashfield and Buckland to offer Solarize Massachusetts program

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland are forming a consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Massachusetts, and the Clean Energy Center has announced two new rounds of funding grants, according to Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter. Walter said the newly formed consortium will apply this fall for the first round … 0

Goshen mulls locations for elderly housing project

Friday, August 29, 2014

GOSHEN — After four years of research and planning, the Goshen Elder Housing Committee is getting closer to acquiring a property on which to build 10 to 12 units. According to Don Boisvert, chair of the committee, there are three potential sites on the table. The one it prefers is owned by the Congregational Church and located on Main Street across from the … 0

Dispute continues between Whately, state Department of Environmental Protection over water issue

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHATELY — After being labeled “obstructionists” by the Select Board earlier this month, the Massachusetts western regional office of the Department of Environmental Protection has sent a letter to the town in an attempt to set the record straight. The letter, signed by Brian Harrington, deputy director of the regional office, was written in response to a letter the Select Board sent to … 0

Bruce Molnar, formerly of Southampton, sentenced to jail for possessing child pornography

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old former Southampton man was sentenced to jail Thursday for possessing child pornography on his cell phone. Bruce W. Molnar pleaded guilty in Northampton District Court to one count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by Judge W. Michael Goggins to a year … 0

Wednesday crash sobering for tightly knit community at Barnes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — Several hours before officials at the Barnes Air National Guard confirmed that the pilot whose F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed in a remote area of Virginia had died, talk at the regional airport next door centered … 0

Obama tamps down prospect of Syria strikes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the … 0

Montague man charged with lewd behavior in University of Massachusetts incidents

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man who allegedly exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, was arrested on two counts of … 0

Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr . of Barnes Air National Guard identified as pilot who died in F-15C Virginia crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15 fighter jet crash has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. A search for a missing 104th Fighter Wing pilot ended Thursday evening after rescue crews found Fontenot dead … 0

Vincent Gillen of Belchertown charged with breaking into Lincoln Avenue home in Amherst; similar incident reported at Lincoln Apartments

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — An intruder was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Avenue home early Thursday morning, less than an hour after a similar break-in was reported by a resident at Lincoln Apartments, according to Amherst and University of Massachusetts police. Vincent R. Gillen, 18, of 36 Bay … 0

Area police news

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amherst ∎ Blanche Susan Walsky, 54, of Coral Springs, Florida, was arrested at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to stay within marked lanes. Walsky was arrested after management at a downtown … 0

Double fatality victims identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath; possible crash cause cited in court records

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON —The victims of the double fatality on Route 5 in Easthampton have been identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath, according to documents in Northampton District Court, where a judge Friday ordered the driver facing charges … 2

Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s annual salary increases to $150,628

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s salary will increase to more than $150,000 after he and the Select Board agreed to adjustments to his five-year employment contract this week. The Select Board met in executive session Monday to finalize an agreement with Musante that will pay him … 0

Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about … 0