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Episcopal Church votes to divest from fossil fuel holdings

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In a growing economic trend that has found its way into the clergy, the Episcopal Church voted Thursday to divest from fossil fuel holdings and invest instead in companies developing renewable energy sources. Reverend Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, said Saturday the Episcopal Church is the third and largest faith group in the United States to take such a step, following decisions by the …

Northampton Fourth of July citizenship ceremony celebrates 48 new Americans

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Seated beside her five-year-old son outside the Hampshire County Courthouse, Erika Calderon watched as her husband, Jose Serratos, became a naturalized United States citizen on Saturday, July 4. “It’s a good opportunity to show people that we are here and we are legal now and we can vote,” Calderon, 42, of …

Increased promotion sought to bring more cyclists to Valley

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way along some of the back roads that attract cyclists not only from around the county, …

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 …