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Lt.  Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. is pictured earlier this summer flashing a peace sign from an F-15C fighter jet. Fontenot died Wednesday from injuries sustained when the jet he was flying crashed in the remote mountains of western Virginia.

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield confirmed Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.’s death Friday from injuries sustained when the plane he was piloting … 0

Adams Street in Amherst will be closed for work on water main, fire hydrant

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — A water main and a new fire hydrant being installed on Adams Street will require the road to be closed to all traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday The work by the town’s Water Department starts at the intersection of Heatherstone Road and Adams Street and continues to the western end of Adams Street. Vehicles will not be allowed on the … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ McClellan Street residents at 10:49 p.m. Thursday reported a break-in that occurred after 8:30 p.m. when money was taken from a purse. There were no signs of forced entry to the home. ∎ Jayson Renard Stinson, 30, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Unit B, Belchertown, was arrested at 7:02 p.m. Thursday on East Pleasant Street on a warrant and a charge … 0

Deerfield Elementary School seeks crossing guard

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — Students at Deerfield Elementary School may get a surprise as they head to and from school, at least for the first few months of the year. Assistant Principal Clay Connor is temporarily filling in as school crossing guard at Pleasant Street as the town looks to … 0

MAP Deerfield Academy buys John F. Thorn estate for $1.5 million

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn estate … 0

Unsuccessful applicant for medical marijuana license in Franklin County sues state

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public … 0

Letter by Carol Ross saying she feared ‘race-baiting’ at forum in Amherst angers WHMP officials

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — A letter sent to all Amherst School District parents and staff by the woman hired to heal racial divides said she feared “race-baiting” would be part of a radio station forum held here last week. That … 1

Hadley K-9 Nomar helps Amherst police find bag of marijuana tossed by suspect

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Hadley Police K-9 unit was called to Amherst to help search for an item thrown toward a wooded area by a person who Amherst police arrested on Kellogg Avenue. The request for Hadley’s search dog, … 0

Northampton eyes Amherst model for managing public shade trees

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alarmed by a steady decline in the number of public shade trees in Northampton, a group of residents has asked the city to follow the lead of Amherst by hiring a professional tree warden to coordinate … 0

Amherst BID teams up with town to add to tree stock

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — Where three trees once stood on the south side of Main Street near Town Hall, only deteriorating stumps remain at the center of the stone-lined tree wells. To improve the aesthetics of this section of Main Street, dominated by a parking lot and a PVTA bus … 0

Tree counters wanted

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some 40 residents are expected to fan out across the city next month to conduct an inventory of public trees that organizers hope will provide a snapshot of Northampton’s tree canopy and help quantify their benefits. Over six hours on Saturday, Sept. 13, the volunteers, supported … 0

West Boylston man denies intimidating probation officer in Belchertown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old West Boylston man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday to a charge of intimidation of a witness, resulting from an incident in which he allegedly threatened a probation officer. A Hampshire County grand jury indicted Harris on the charge July 29 … 0

Plainfield’s 44th annual firefighters barbecue Sunday

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PLAINFIELD — Tickets are going fast as the Plainfield Fire Department gears up for the 44th annual firefighters barbecue, the town’s biggest event of the year. “We are encouraging people not to wait to get their tickets at the door because there may not be any left,” Assistant … 0