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A leopard gecko.

Area police news: Loose lizard prompts police response in Amherst, and more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A loose leopard gecko created a frightening situation for a Main Street woman Tuesday night when it got into her downtown apartment and hid beneath her bed, police said. Officers responded at 9:12 p.m. to the residence, where they found the lizard and placed it into a bag. The pet was later returned to its owners, who came …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste …

Motorcycle flees police, crashes -- and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route 9 at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Mill Valley Road. A 53-year-old woman …

Research at UMass could prevent bats from being killed by flying into wind turbines

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMHERST — High pitched frequencies may be the key to preventing hundreds of thousands of bats from being killed by wind turbine blades, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team. Paul Sievert, a research associate professor in the department of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, will …

Amherst elderly housing units to be improved

Saturday, July 25, 2015

AMHERST — Dozens of apartments owned by the Amherst Housing Authority, including all 80 units at the Ann Whalen building, are being improved in projects costing more than $1 million this summer. Executive Director Denise LeDuc said Friday the work will occur at many of the authority-owned sites, …

Valley Views: Heron and Red-wing

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities, Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org ∎ Invasive Plant Removal at Graves Farm Sanctuary — Removal of Asian bittersweet vine Saturday, 9 a.m. …

Summer sounds

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Veterans Voice: New for area veterans

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Announcements MEETINGS: DAV Chapter 92 will have no meetings in July or August. The next meeting will be held Sept. 10 at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence, at 7 p.m. AIKIDO WORKSHOP: “Wounded Warriors Way To A Unified Spirit” Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 …

Simple pleasures

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hilltown Voices: Goshen Board of Health to discuss piggery permit for Hilltown Grazers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Goshen’s Board of Health on Monday will discuss the possibility of issuing a piggery permit to Hilltown Grazers owner Cosmo Ferrante. Hilltown Grazers is currently located at 86 Spruce Corner Rd. on a 1200-acre farm owned by siblings Timothy and Laura Barrus, who rent the land to Ferrante. …

Motorcyclist falls off during police chase in Hadley Friday night

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HADLEY — A brief police chase of a motorcyclist Friday night ended after the driver fell off his vehicle and was later arrested, police said. Nathan Tobias, 22, of Durham, Connecticut was arrested on charges of failure to stop for police, operating to endanger and a passing violation …

School Committee and at-large City Council seats among contested Northampton races on November ballot

Saturday, July 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The two incumbent at-large school Committee Members are set to face off against two newcomers, one of three contested races that will be decided in the Nov. 3 election. The others are a three-way race for two at-large City Council seats and a two-way race for …