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Easthampton firefighters rescue kayaker from Nashawannuck Pond

Monday, December 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A Christmas tree and the raft holding it up on Nashawannuck Pond became a life preserver for a man whose kayak overturned Monday night. Easthampton firefighters and police officers responded to the pond at 7:57 p.m. when an emergency call came from someone on Cottage Street who saw the man holding onto the raft, said Fire Capt. Steven Kennedy. Firefighters used a rescue boat to get to the …

Amherst Personnel Board recommends some benefits for part-time town employees

Monday, December 22, 2014

AMHERST — Part-time municipal employees who work, on average, at least 10 hours a week throughout the year may become eligible to receive sick leave and personal time. The Personnel Board voted 4-1 Wednesday in favor of a recommendation to provide these pro-rated benefits based on the number of hours a part-time employee works. The measure will be brought to the Select Board …

Rosenberg’s partner quits job following transfer to Fla.

Monday, December 22, 2014

AMHERST — Sen. Stanley Rosenberg’s domestic partner, Bryon Hefner, who has been the subject of several Boston Globe articles detailing questionable behavior, resigned from his position with Regan Communications on Monday, a day after the public relations company announced he was being transferred to an office in Florida. In an email statement to the Globe, Hefner wrote that his decision was prompted by …

Glenna O’Connell gets 18 months in jail after pleading to drug distribution charges

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Vermont woman was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail and two years probation after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Thursday to drug distribution charges. Glenna O’Connell, 34, of Chester, Vermont, was sentenced after reaching a plea agreement on two cases against …

Is USA Swimming taking sexual abuse allegations seriously?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little has represented many athletes who said they were sexually abused by their coaches or fellow athletes in sports, including swimming and track and field. After hearing Anna Strzempko’s account about being raped repeatedly by her former Greater Holyoke YMCA swimming coach, Little …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” on Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak …

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years when Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in Hadley. A Barrow’s goldeneye, three canvasbacks and a red-necked grebe were seen at Turners Falls. Another red-necked …

Valley Views: Adumbration

Friday, December 19, 2014

Adumbration, Springfield Road, Belchertown Photo and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown November is its own season. The colors of autumn have faded, but winter has not arrived. On Nov. 13, when I saw the dead leaves with a …

South Hadley police and fire rescue despondent man from Connecticut River

Friday, December 19, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A 30-year-old man threatening to commit suicide was rescued from the Connecticut River Thursday night, according to South Hadley Police Chief David LaBrie. A 911 call was received at 9:32 p.m. from a friend of the man. LaBrie declined to identify either of them. Four …

Timothy Lakota of Belchertown faces charges in connection with Amherst vehicle break-ins, thefts

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — A Belchertown man allegedly responsible for break-ins to at least three vehicles and the theft of packages from doorsteps of Amherst homes was arrested on Newell Court early Friday morning. Timothy R. Lakota, 26, of 121 …

Not much talk among Shelburne Falls residents about sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby

Friday, December 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively …