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Woman injured in hit-and-run in Easthampton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A woman was struck and injured by a motor vehicle in a hit-and-run accident on Northampton Street (Route 10) Tuesday night. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The woman was struck near the intersection of Northampton Street and Florence Road about 8:30 p.m., police said. Police were still investigating the accident late Tuesday night and said they had no further details. … 0

Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor and three counts of posing a child in the nude. Authorities … 0

Flood risk elevated in Connecticut River Valley

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A flood warning remains in effect in the Connecticut River Valley until further notice with moderate flooding in the forecast. Rain was expected to continue Wednesday morning with the potential for a mix of rain and snow in the pre-dawn hours in the greater Northampton area, according to the National Weather … 0

At 95, Victor Waryas still cutting hair in South Deerfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a small porch at his Eastern Avenue home, Victor Waryas cuts, trims and styles hair a few days each week. He has cut the hair of countless clients from South Deerfield neighbors to Eaglebrook … 0

Recalling earlier controversy over proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The echoes of proposed pipeline activity through Franklin County 37 years ago are almost haunting in similarity to today’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline controversy. The Tennessee Atlantic Pipeline Co. proposal for a 500-mile natural gas pipeline through more than half a dozen county towns between New Brunswick and Pennsylvania, … 0

Residents urge bus link to Amherst Survival Center

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — For longtime resident Russell Jordan, the Amherst Survival Center is an important resource in providing food, clothing and companionship for his family. Having a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus that stops at the 138 Sunderland Road … 1

Wind blows branch onto wire, knocking out power to 26 homes in Florence

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than two dozen residents who live on Forest Glen Drive in the Florence section of the city lost power Monday evening when a gust of wind caused a branch to fall onto a wire near the intersection with Summerfield Street. Chris Milligan, spokeswoman for National … 0

Select Board approves liquor license for new Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice in Belchertown

Monday, April 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board on Monday unanimously granted a full liquor license to Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice for its new Belchertown restaurant expected to open around the third week in May. Owner Walter Pacheco, who lives in Belchertown with his family, told the board that he … 0

The Dignity Project 2014: Dying not necessarily the biggest fear, loss of autonomy may be worse

Monday, April 14, 2014

If there are indeed things worse than dying, one of them has to be losing control of all the things that make us who we are. This is my deepest fear around the issues of aging, becoming dependent … 2

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Monday, April 14, 2014

HADLEY — Most farmers will tell you that cooperation is crucial to keeping a farm running like a well-oiled threshing machine. But at Stone Soup Farm Cooperative in Hadley, cooperation is everything. Four young farmers formed the worker-owned … 0

Three men arrested after Amherst assault in which victim hospitalized with facial injuries

Monday, April 14, 2014

AMHERST — Three college-age men were arrested early Sunday morning on the University of Massachusetts campus after allegedly injuring a man during a fight at the intersection of Fearing and North Pleasant streets. The assault was one of 305 calls for service that Amherst police responded to during … 1

Area police news

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating vandalism at two Main Street properties reported Monday that apparently occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. At 10:59 a.m. Monday, an employee at the Amherst Dental Group, 650 Main St., reported that lights along the driveway were broken and a light post … 0

After two-year planning process, Habitat for Humanity backs out of affordable housing project in Leverett citing high costs of rural construction

Monday, April 14, 2014

LEVERETT — After nearly two years of planning, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is dropping out of an affordable housing project it had planned with the Leverett Affordable Housing Trust. Habitat cited several reasons, including high costs. “Given all the information that we had, it just wasn’t financially … 0