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The Spirit Shoppe at the Dam has opened in Gill just over the bridge from Turners Falls. Shown are manager Molly Lewis, owner Steve Schechterle and golden retriever Lelo.

Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield opens third Spirit Shoppe in Gill

Friday, January 30, 2015

GILL — Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield earlier this year opened his third Spirit Shoppe beer, wine and liquor store in the former Jan’s Package Store overlooking the intersection of Main Road and Route 2 in Gill. Schechterle bought the business in July, knocked down a back wall, expanded cooler space for foreign, domestic and local beer and is building …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in Greenfield identifies homeless families in hotels, opioid addiction as top two priorities

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told a room full of municipal leaders Thursday that homeless families living in the town’s hotels and opioid addiction are the new Republican administration’s two top priorities. “We will have specific plans for both very soon — for homeless families living in hotels within a few weeks,” …

Fire caused by heat tape badly damages house in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Fire badly damaged a house on Old Goshen Road Wednesday night, displacing a woman and child and prompting a reminder by the fire chief about safety during the winter. The fire at 311 Old Goshen Road was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the home which is owned by Margaret Ladd who …

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …

Injured man rescued from ice on Deerfield River

Monday, January 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a …

Dorie Goldman of Amherst, owner of The Backyard Bakery, dies in NH hiking accident

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — Friends of Dorie Goldman of Amherst, who died while hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday, recalled Tuesday her passion for bicycles and her enthusiasm for selling freshly baked bread at local farmers’ markets. Goldman, 50, owner …

Region gears up for potent storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weather gurus are comparing this week’s storm to the blizzard of 1978, the October 2011 snowstorm, and Winter Storm NEMO of February 2013 in terms of accumulation and impact. “We’re basically telling people: Travel is not advisable” whether …

Fifth teenager arrested in connection with Northampton bike-path beating that police say was gang-related

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fifth teenager whom police believe has ties to a criminal gang was arrested this weekend in connection with the Dec. 5 beating of another teen on the Northampton bike path. Nerkin Morales, 18, of Chicopee, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her …

Smith goes early with early-decision announcement

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One potential upside to this week’s predicted record-breaking storm is that early-decision applicants to Smith College learned their fate a full 24 hours earlier than planned. Smith offers two rounds of early-decision applicants, and the second batch expected to find out if they’d been accepted by …