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Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity supply available in the region when demand grows during the winter. The letter from ISO New England to the Federal Energy Regulatory …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review …

Southampton residents, town employees assail proposal to share inspection services with Holyoke

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A proposal to outsource the town’s inspection services to Holyoke was met with strong and unanimous opposition from dozens of residents at Town Hall Tuesday night as well as a Holyoke city councilor who slammed the idea. Speaking before the Select Board and a standing-room-only crowd of about 50 people, Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto said he knows of constituents in …

Trash by the bags full: Thousands turn out for Connecticut River cleanup across four states; events held in Hadley, Amherst, Leeds and Greenfield

Saturday, September 27, 2014

HADLEY — On an island off the shore of the Connecticut River Saturday morning, Southampton resident Walt Brown dug up a garbage bag with a spiked pick-up stick. The bag crumbled as he attempted to free it from …

Miraculous migrations in the insect world

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Now that summer is behind us, many Valley residents are making plans for trips to warmer climes during the colder months and students are migrating back to college. But we aren’t the only creatures traversing thousands of miles …

Motorist avoids serious injuries after driving through tobacco barn in Whately

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHATELY — A man avoided serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. The …

Whately cautions residents about manganese in water

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHATELY — Town residents are being advised to use alternative sources of water for feeding infants because manganese in the public drinking water here exceeds new government health standards. The amount of the mineral in the town water has not increased, but levels considered safe by the government …

Volunteers help restore garden, build greenhouse at renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg

Saturday, September 27, 2014

An important part of the plans for the recently renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg was to make sure that the school’s garden would not be overlooked or lost due to the additions on the building. The …

Person hospitalized after cigarette burns carpet at Michael’s House

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One person was taken to the hospital Friday night after firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the hallway at Michael’s House, 71 State St. Firefighters and police responded to a 911 call at 8:35 …

Work on Pine Street in Amherst to start Monday and last through week

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Grading and compaction of Pine Street will begin at 7 a.m. Monday and last through the week. Lane Construction of Northampton will begin its work on the section of the road between the railroad crossing in Cushman and the intersection with East Pleasant Street. Detours will …

Angelo Joseph Hensley listed as sex offender in Northampton

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued a notice about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Angelo Joseph Hensley, 33, of 10 Finn St. was convicted of dissemination of harmful material to minors in 2004. Hensley is described as a white man, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing …

Area police news

Friday, September 26, 2014

Easthampton ∎ John Edward Fournier Jr., 44, of Springfield, was arrested at 7:46 a.m. Thursday on Union Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, being a motor vehicle operator refusing to identify himself and a marked lanes violation. Northampton ∎ Police seized three …

CHART Electricity rates to jump significantly in Valley this winter due to shortage of natural gas supplies

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Homeowners and businesses throughout the Valley should brace for significantly higher electricity bills this winter season as a result of a shortage of natural gas for generating plants. Two days after National Grid announced that its …