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Chain grocery stores increasingly getting into local produce act; Big Y forms partnership with UMass student farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014

According to the “food odometer” developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, the average fruit or vegetable travels nearly 1,500 miles to get from farm to consumer. And, to keep food from spoiling during these long trips, some of it is picked before it has fully ripened and absorbed nutrients from its surroundings. In the Pioneer Valley, … 0

New Northampton shop culmination of years of work, dreams for owner

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield native Benjamin Glushein, 36, achieved a long-held dream to own his own boutique when he opened Port MA at 202 Main St. July 13. He took a circuitous route to get here, but that makes reaching his goal all the sweeter. “Like an art process you plan for some things, … 0

Group eyes historic Colrain Brick Meeting House for office space, cafe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

COLRAIN — Hoping to spur the revitalization of the town’s village center, a group of residents wants to renovate the historic Brick Meeting House and do what Michael McCusker has done for the Odd Fellows/McCusker’s Market building in Shelburne Falls: Convert the second floor into office space rentals that include high-speed Internet and put a cafe or eatery on the first floor to … 0

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to … 0

Former Belchertown schools superintendent Judith Houle reflects on the turmoil, accomplishments that marked her tenure

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Though pressured to leave over her handling of a number of student safety and discipline issues, former School Superintendent Judith Houle said she is happy with the role she played in technology and curriculum development during … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was … 0

One-day music festival set for Saturday in South Hadley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Originally conceived two years ago as a community-building event, FallsFest quickly morphed from a block party to celebrate South Hadley Falls to an all out music festival last summer. FallsFest happens again this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with a children’s music hour with Bill … 0

Visiting Iraqi students hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst IRAQ PRESENTATION/FUNDRAISER: A fundraising meal for the Amherst Senior Center, hosted by 24 students visiting from Iraq, takes places at Bistro 63 at The Monkey Bar & Grill, 63 North Pleasant St., Thursday at 7 p.m. The Iraqi students are participating in the University of Massachusetts Civic … 0

Downtown Amherst concert series begins Thursday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — A summer concert series at Kendrick Park begins Thursday evening with performances by Mister G. and Wishbone Zoe. The concerts, part of the Amherst Business Improvement District’s Downtown Beats program, is bringing music to Kendrick Park … 0

Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed Tuesday by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted 4-0 … 0

Southampton teen Anthony Lucchesi accepted to elite BMX program at Olympic Training Center

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Anthony Lucchesi, 15, has been winning state and regional BMX racing titles since he started speeding around dirt tracks on his BMX bicycle at age 12. But on Friday, Lucchesi learned that he won the thing … 0

INFOGRAPHIC Volunteers help check spread of pond-choking invasive plants in Northampton's Fitzgerald Lake

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven volunteers climbed into kayaks and canoes and floated onto Fitzgerald Lake this weekend to launch a counteroffensive against an invasion of water chestnuts. Their efforts yielded 16 30-gallon trash bags full of the invasive plant, … 0

Cambodian lawmaker released following arrest, protests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The release of jailed Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochua and several of her colleagues on Tuesday was welcome news on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, where there is strong support for the human rights advocate. Sochua … 5