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State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values are at the heart of every decision that I make.” Kulik, 64, served for 11 years as a Select Board member in Worthington and was president of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Association before being elected to the House in 1993 to represent what is a 19-town district including Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Worthington, Deerfield, Leverett, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Whately. As …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New York, moved back to his hometown in Franklin County last …

Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s Patient Group, a nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana from a South Deerfield-based dispensary. …

Search in Amherst for missing teen who police believe is possibly suicidal

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — A Massachusetts State Police airwing and a K-9 unit from the Northampton barracks assisted Monday in the search for a teenage boy who police believe is possibly suicidal. State Police Sgt. Tom Ryan said Amherst police …

South Hadley man believes fate intervened to keep him out of harm’s way when neighbor’s tree fell

Monday, October 27, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Kenneth Feldman believes fate played a role in sparing him from being in his yard last week when a neighbor’s tree fell. Feldman said he could not believe what he saw when he returned to …

Amherst police charge six, respond to several large parties during weekend

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — Six people were charged with criminal offenses between Friday and Sunday in Amherst, and police responded to 219 calls for service, including several large parties. However, no noise or nuisance house tickets were issued. Police Detective Jamie Reardon said there were three arrests, two of which …

Craig’s Doors shelter sees staff change

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst resident instrumental in establishing and then running the town’s first overnight shelter for homeless individuals is departing for a job assisting new Americans settle in North Carolina. Kevin Noonan, executive director of Craig’s Doors; …

VIDEO: Scream Season in the Valley: Growing Halloween scene now includes zombie paintball, ghost walks and more

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Valley has long boasted its fair share of pumpkin patches and corn mazes geared to families around Halloween. But a growing number of attractions is designed to appeal to older crowds. Elaborate scenes featuring storylines involving zombies, …

After fatal hayride accidents in Maine and Idaho, local purveyors say safety a priority

Monday, October 27, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Fatal accidents at hayrides in Maine and Idaho in a span of two days this month have raised questions about the safety of such seasonal attractions. On Oct. 10, an 18-year-old playing the part of a zombie was killed when he fell under the wheels of …

Hadley special Town Meeting to consider future of North Hadley Village Hall, repairs to buildings

Monday, October 27, 2014

HADLEY — Voters at a special Town Meeting on Thursday will consider the future of historic North Hadley Village Hall, and decide whether to spend approximately $500,000 for work at several buildings. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Hopkins Academy. One article will ask voters to authorize …

Owner of King Street Liquors in Northampton says alleged sale to minors a ‘mistake’

Monday, October 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a police alcohol sting Saturday night, four underage youths purchased liquor from King Street Liquors, triggering a hearing before the License Commission. The store at 166 King St. allegedly sold the alcohol to four of six minors between the ages of 16 and 19 without …

Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner files discrimination complaint

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — Lawyers for former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner filed a complaint Monday with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination alleging that Amherst school administrators placed her on unpaid medical leave after she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress …

Area police news

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to a residence and a restaurant, both reported about 3 p.m. Sunday. Management at Loose Goose Cafe, 1 East Pleasant St., reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen after the business was entered, apparently through a basement door. A resident at …