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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 service again will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. …

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 71 years ago, but his remains were not identified until last October. Firtion-Adams Funeral Service …

Connecticut River Watershed Council plans legal action against Chang Farms over alleged discharges

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council announced Thursday that it plans to take legal action against the bean sprout farm based in Whately. According to a letter of intent sent to the owners, Tso-Cheng Chang and Sidney Chang, the watershed council said it plans …

Strawberry fields

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Deficiencies in Southampton Fire Department revealed, restoration of paramedic-level services pushed back to Aug. 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The relaunch of the town’s paramedic-level ambulance service is being pushed back for a second time to Aug. 1 as new staff is hired and planned drug management procedures are put into place. Those services were …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is …

Iran nuclear talks get weeklong extension

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

VIENNA — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing …

Two hikers rescued by Hadley Fire Department after getting lost on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HADLEY — Two Longmeadow residents were rescued by the town Fire Department after they got lost while hiking on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail in Hadley on Tuesday night, according to Hadley Police. Officer Jesse Green said the hikers, a 30-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, had started hiking around 6 …

Former Deerfield Academy student files federal lawsuit alleging sexual abuse during athletic trips to Connecticut in 1980s

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former student at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by a faculty member while on athletic trips to Connecticut in the 1980s. The former student names Deerfield Academy and its former golf and squash coaches as …

US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration …

Whately Board of Health to consider raising legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WHATELY — Following the example of other nearby Franklin and Hampshire County communities, the Board of Health will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss revising the town’s bylaws to make it harder for young people to obtain tobacco products. The hearing will be in …

Jody Kasper makes history in taking over Northampton Police Department as chief

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Jody D. Kasper acknowledges that generally speaking, these aren’t good times for police squads across the country, something she finds both daunting and inspiring as she assumes leadership of the city’s 74-person department. She …

Municipal investment in public art supported in Amherst

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — Municipal investment in public art that would make Amherst a more prominent destination for artists and people visiting cultural attractions appears to have widespread support in the community, with town officials beginning to examine the best ways to ensure such financing is possible. Results of feedback …