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Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she said. The resident, Alexander Therkelsen, will be staying with family. In a press release, Goshen Fire Capt. Robert Labrie estimated the fire … 0


Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up your photos, and 2: “Lock your … 0

Storm downs some trees, power lines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A line of strong thunderstorms that rolled across western Massachusetts Wednesday night left in its wake several hundred homes without power and one Northampton house that had its chimney blown apart by lightning. Damage from the storm was limited mostly to a few downed trees and power lines, according to local police and fire departments. Benjamin Sipprell, a meteorologist at the National Weather … 0

Pekarski’s Sausage owner cycles for cancer research

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The wheel of a meat grinder won’t be the only thing that Pekarski Sausage owner Michael Pekarski will be spinning this August. Come Aug. 2 and 3, Pekarski will ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike-a-thon that begins in Sturbridge and takes participants across the … 0

Despite contamination concerns, former Northampton King Street car dealership lot eyed for development

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City and state officials said Monday that contamination in the ground at a former Honda dealership on King Street is not thwarting efforts to redevelop the site. State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Catherine Skiba said Monday that the 171-187 King St. lot that was a … 0

Break-ins reported at two Amherst homes

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Two break-ins to Amherst homes reported during the weekend are being investigated by police. The first break-in, which police were notified about Friday at 7:03 p.m., occurred at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., said Detective David Foster. A laptop was stolen after forced entry was … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0

 Trending in the Valley, July 21: Today's fun, informative social media posts by Pioneer Valley folks

Monday, July 21, 2014

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Westfield woman hospitalized in I-91 crash HOLYOKE — A 36-year-old Westfield woman was hospitalized after the vehicle she was driving left the highway and went into the woods off Interstate 91 Sunday night. A 2011 Ford Fusion driven by Justine Murphy went off the southbound lane of 1-91 … 0

New Amherst restaurants make downtown melting pot of tastes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AMHERST — On the walls of a new downtown restaurant, artwork represents the alphabet and numbers written in Thai and displays feature miniature tuk-tuks common to the streets of the Asian country. “We get everything from Thailand so … 0

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 0

B2B ID: Nina Smolyar

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NAME, TITLE: Nina Smolyar, director of operations, Pioneer Valley Local First, Northampton serving Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. WEBSITE: www.pvlocalfirst.org AGE: 34 WHAT YOU DO: I work with the board of directors, members and allies of Pioneer Valley … 0

Celtic pride abounds at annual Scottish fest at Look Park in Northampton

Saturday, July 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With traditional food, music and dance in abundance, along with stone- and hammer-tossing competitions, Celtic pride filled the air at the 21st annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival at Look Park Saturday. The festivities were spread throughout … 0