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Amherst report takes stock of public buildings, makes recommendations for future use

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Should the Department of Public Works move from its longtime headquarters on South Pleasant Street, the site might be an ideal location for a new fire station to replace the aging Central Fire Station. In North Amherst, the former school building where the Amherst Survival Center had been located, and which continues to be home to the Amherst Family Center, could see renewed municipal purposes and become part …

Valley creators contribute to newspaper installation art in Fitchburg

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five Valley creators are contributing to a public art exhibit that is helping to restore some hope to the future of print media. “The Alphabet Project” by New Orleans artist Anna Schuleit Haber takes a new spin on public art, using Fitchburg’s daily newspaper, the Sentinel & Enterprise, as its medium. For 26 …

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his line-item veto power to shave $162 million from the more than $38 billion budget for …

South Hadley’s arts, music festival keeps on growing

Monday, July 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Armed with a torch, pliers and sunglasses, Hugh Naggar fielded questions about his glassblowing and spinning as he melted glass with his blue flame. “Can you do almost anything?” one woman asked. Naggar, who operates …

Springfield Marine laid to rest

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Marine killed a by a gunman in Tennessee earlier this month was remembered Monday by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield as “exemplary” and “a leader and a man of true courage.” Gunnery Sgt. …

South Hadley FallsFest fosters community spirit, economic development

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Armed with a torch, pliers and sunglasses, Hugh Naggar fielded questions about his glassblowing and spinning as he melted glass with his blue flame. “Can you do almost anything?” one woman asked. Naggar, who operates …

Outdoor fun

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Obama urges Kenya to root out corruption

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility …

Vehicle accidents send five to hospital, delay traffic on Route 9 in Hadley

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash sent five people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Sunday afternoon, two of them children. Police received a call at 3:46 p.m. that a rear-end accident took place in front of Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters at 227 Russell St. A Subaru driven by a 26-year-old …

Police break up underage party — and other area police news

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Noah Edward Chouinard, 19, of 597 Westhampton Road in Florence, and Adam Isaac Osherow, 19, of 357 Kennedy Road in Leeds, were arrested at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday after police responded to a report of an underage drinking party at Osherow’s home. Osherow was charged with …

‘Guerrilla gardening’ met with gratitude

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Jeanne Birdsall of Gothic Street would walk by the flower garden at the side of the courthouse, she would think to herself that it was sad no one seemed to be keeping it up. Weeds …

Goggins Real Estate relocates to former Bank of America branch site

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two years after the Bank of America closed its branch on 79 King St., Goggins Real Estate relocated its headquarters to the one-acre site last week. The real estate offices were previously located at 8 Main St. in Florence. “We were happy tenants in our …

Research at UMass could prevent bats from being killed by flying into wind turbines

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMHERST — High pitched frequencies may be the key to preventing hundreds of thousands of bats from being killed by wind turbine blades, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team. Paul Sievert, a research associate professor in the department of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, will …