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South County Emergency Medical Service to cost nearly $750,000 in first year

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County residents will be asked to approve $749,594 for the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service. The latest budget numbers for the regional paramedic service are $387,999 for Deerfield, $235,947 for Sunderland and $125,647 for Whately. The budget reflects the estimated full-year cost to run the regional round-the-clock paramedic service. In October, residents approved only the half-year cost. The administrators of … 0

Whately to consider town hall renovations at April 29 Town Meeting

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WHATELY — By September 2015, residents could have a modern town office with more meeting rooms, a 175-seat, air-conditioned auditorium and a fully accessible Town Hall as the civic and cultural center on Chestnut Plain Road. The Municipal Building Committee, chaired by Select Board member Jonathan Edwards, Wednesday presented its final design plans for the Town Hall rehabilitation and expansion project. The town … 0

Out-of-control brush fire damages house on East Street in Goshen

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOSHEN — A small brush fire that had been started to destroy weeds at a home at 665 East St. quickly got out of control Thursday afternoon and flames began to burn the siding of the house. Before the fire was extinguished it caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to the home, which was built in 1844, according to Fire Capt. Bob Labrie. … 0

Northampton School Committee approves three-year contract for new Superintendent John Provost with annual salary of $147,500

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee has approved a three-year contract for incoming School Superintendent John Provost with an annual salary of $147,500. Provost, who is to start July 1, must now sign the contract, according to Interim Superintendent Regina Nash. Provost, 42, of Easthampton who has led the … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Granby ■ Jose A. Marquez, 45, of Holyoke, was arrested on West State Street at 7:56 a.m. April 9 on a warrant out of Holyoke District Court. ■ Kevin R. Ellis, 26, of 6 Philip Circle, was arrested at home at 8:27 p.m. April 8 on a warrant … 0

Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Town Meetings in Amherst and Leverett will consider resolutions calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations on foreign soil and to enact regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft in the … 1

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked … 3

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to … 1

Amherst Town Manager John Musante confident about Survival Center bus stop

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — A regular bus stop at the Amherst Survival Center in North Amherst will be part of the revised routes the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority puts in place later this year, Town Manager John Musante told the … 0

Greenfield man hurt by falling block raises Northampton officials' concern about aging retaining walls under railroad bridges

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It has been nearly one month since a large concrete block fell out of the retaining wall near a downtown underpass and injured a Greenfield man, and the block is still sitting where it fell in … 0

Sunderland School Committee reduces budget request by $52,980

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap. The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or less than 1 percent, more … 0

Audit identifies problems with financial controls in Hatfield

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HATFIELD — The latest audit of the town’s finances has found that Hatfield’s financial practices are riddled with problems, some of them long-standing and significant. The review covered the last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2013, and was the first annual audit of the town’s finances in … 2

Leverett to take up question of controlling drone use in town at May 3 Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LEVERETT — Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s… a drone aircraft. But perhaps not in Leverett, whose residents will vote on a resolution calling for proper federal regulations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States at … 0