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Heading Outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

∎   Fall Landscape Photography Field Trip — Workshop, field trip and critique with photographers Andrea York and Michael Zide in Amherst, Oct. 25, 8 to 11 a.m. RSVP zide@comcast.net. ∎   Holyoke VNA 5K Run/Walk for Hospice Life Care — 5K run/walk at Ashley Reservoir, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. Registration starting 8 a.m. Awards ceremony and festivities follow at Holyoke Elks. $25 general; $10 ages 12 and under. holyokevna.org …

Watching northern harriers in flight

Friday, October 24, 2014

Every October they arrive, with the oranges and crimsons of the sugar maples beginning to fade and the low-bush blueberry leaves flushing scarlet. The greens of summer are mostly gone, replaced by the reds, purples and browns of autumn. One morning I‘ll look out and there they’ll be: one or two northern harriers, …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

QUABBIN MIST Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Early morning fog or mist is something I enjoy photographing. The only problem being getting up and out in time. I was later than I wanted to be on this trip to Quabbin Reservoir in September. It was …

Amherst bylaw dating back to 1966 jeopardizes farm intern program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Driving stakes into the ground and stringing up tomato plants on them was hard work for Samantha “Sam” Bavelock. Despite the many hours of planting, weeding and harvesting she put in as an intern with the …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and …

Moderator breaks tie vote at Whately special Town Meeting over spending $10,000 to revive Town Hall project

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHATELY — Voters this week deadlocked over spending $10,000 to explore options for improving the Town Hall building. Town Moderator Paul Fleuriel broke the 23-23 tie vote at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday by ruling in favor of the article to approve spending the $10,000 to hold …

Alleged leader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York indicted on 29 more charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on 29 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on those charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New …

Proposed zoning amendment requiring affordable housing prompts disagreement in Amherst

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — With a mixed-use redevelopment project proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops, proponents of increasing affordable housing in town are seeking to leverage developers’ requests for special permits by mandating that a portion of the units be set aside for low- and moderate-income families. A zoning …

Stephanie Solivan denies charges resulting from alleged beating of woman at Meadowbrook Apartments; warrant issued for Veronica Lisenby

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested one city woman and are seeking another who they believe were responsible for dragging a third woman from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments in Florence on Sunday and beating her with a chain. Stephanie A. Solivan, 26, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded …

State Department of Housing and Community Development official due Thursday at Rolling Green in Amherst

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Just two days after Gov. Deval Patrick came to Amherst to announce a $1.5 million MassWorks infrastructure grant, a second state official will be in town Thursday afternoon for an event at Rolling Green Apartments. Aaron Gornstein, undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development, …

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies sponsors harvest banquet fundraiser

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Without stepping away from western Massachusetts, residents will have an opportunity to spend a few hours reveling in Renaissance-era Italy by sampling its food, music and customs. The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies holds its annual harvest banquet fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. …

Appeal must be decided before third murder trial for Cara Lee Rintala scheduled

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A possible third murder trial for Cara Lee Rintala must wait until the Supreme Judicial Court rules on an appeal filed by her lawyers who continue to seek dismissal of the case. Rintala is accused of …

South Hadley fire that killed 11 dogs apparently resulted from electrical failure in kitchen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A fire that killed 11 rescue dogs and displaced a woman at 5 Grandview St. on Friday is believed to have been accidental, likely the result of an electrical failure, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The fire started in the kitchen where the …