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Scott Specht and Louise Harpman of Specht Harpman Architects are asked questions by Stephen Chan at TEDx Amherst Saturday. The duo spoke about rethinking the size of the American home.

TEDx at UMass explores ‘pioneering’ as event expands; 12 speakers reach audience of over 700

Saturday, April 25, 2015

AMHERST — Speakers at the largest TEDx event convened at the University of Massachusetts explored the theme of pioneering Saturday, defined this way by the event’s chief curator, Nicole Malinowski: “to develop or be the first to use and apply.” “We are living in an age of transformative and powerful pioneering ideas being implemented by people all around the world,” …

Christine Archambault resigns from South Hadley Electric Light Department commission

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Less than two weeks after a hotly contested election in which five candidates ran for two open seats as commissioners on the South Hadley Electric Light Department, Christine Archambault, the only member whose seat was not on this year’s ballot, announced her resignation effective immediately. The surprise move last week means that the Select Board, together with the two remaining …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but to keep businesses from leaving. Having Tennessee Gas Pipeline as the only supplier for Berkshire …

Sunderland voters at annual Town Meeting to consider opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As has occurred in dozens of other communities since last spring, Sunderland voters will be asked Friday to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, even though the town is not on the project’s expected route from Wright, New York, to Dracut. The resolution …

Southampton voters to hear from Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health candidates at forum Monday

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Candidates for the contested Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health seats will face voters’ question at a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the first-floor conference room of Town Hall. The town election is from noon to 8 p.m. May 4. Incumbent …

Hatfield fire sends one person to hospital Wednesday night

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HATFIELD — One person was taken to a hospital due to smoke inhalation resulting from a fire at 150 Linseed Road on Wednesday evening. The call was received at 5:55 p.m., according to Trooper Matthew Guarino with the Massachusetts State Police. Troopers from the state fire marshal’s office …

Smith College commencement speeches to be offered in Mandarin, Spanish translations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least 130 friends and family members of the graduating Smith College class of 2015 will be the first to pilot the college’s new simultaneous translation service at commencement next month. The May 17 event will be translated into Spanish and Mandarin by live translators working …

Memorial service Sunday for Kaitlin Ann Mercier of Huntington, victim of car accident in New York

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON — A memorial service will be held Sunday for Kaitlin Ann Mercier, 20, of Huntington, who was killed last week in a single-car accident in Richfield, New York. Mercier and her best friend, Amanda Conley, 22, of …

Filmmaker Josh Fox to urge divestment from fossil fuels in talk at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST — Renewable energy technology that exists today could replace all fossil fuel use in this country, according to filmmaker Josh Fox, who will speak Thursday evening at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of its Earth Day celebrations. Where the difficulty lies is in making the …

JFK Mural Team spends spring break working on colorful cloth mural that will become permanent part of school

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With paint-covered fingers and smocks, the community came together this spring-break week to help make JFK Middle School a little more colorful. This week, around 20 students who make up the “JFK Mural Team” showed up …

Congress enters fray over Obama trade pact

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee’s likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. The day began with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin …

First steps: $4 million restoration of Hampshire County Courthouse gets started with work on front stairs, entry

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A county leader described the park-like area surrounding the historic Hampshire County Courthouse as the front lawn of Northampton. In that case, Northampton is about to temporarily lose its front lawn. On Thursday and Friday, a crane will remove the giant granite blocks that make up …

Hadley’s overtime trap: Police OT in red, year after year; officials look for answers as contract talks near

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HADLEY — After repeated attempts by town officials to curb police overtime, the Hadley Police Department continues to run significant yearly deficits in the tens of thousands of dollars. As of last week, the Police Department’s overtime spending …