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DAN LITTLE
Good Time Stove Company founder Richard Richardson, left, and his daughter Sara LaBonte, who runs the shop with her father, Thursday in Goshen.

Good Time Stove Co. of Goshen provides main extra to Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GOSHEN — The Good Time Stove Co. once again has sent one of its products to the big screen. An antique potbelly stove purchased from the shop on Route 112 is featured in director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “The Hateful Eight.” Though the stove is not the first made in Goshen to show up in the movies, this one appears …

Building commissioner raises concern about weight of new roof planned at Deerfield Elementary School

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DEERFIELD — The town’s building commissioner is concerned that the weight of a new roof planned for the Deerfield Elementary School might exceed state building codes, and he is reviewing information from the project architect. Richard Calisewski told the Select Board this week he was frustrated that Raymond Design Associates, the Rockland-based firm that designed the roof, had not in two weeks responded …

Elevated levels of lead found in two Granby schools

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GRANBY— Lead in water from five taps at the Junior-Senior High School and the East Meadow Elementary School tested at levels higher than allowed for childcare facilities in the state, according to Judith Houle, the interim school superintendent. She posted a statement alerting the public Thursday on the School Department website at www.granbyschoolsma.org/pages/GranbyPublicSchools. Houle said Thursday that she first learned of the problem …

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will allow police banner to hang at City Hall, with grommets

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz will allow police to hang a banner on City Hall in May to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. The mayor’s decision comes 10 days after the city’s police union asked permission to unfurl a banner on the …

Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, stepping down after 32 years, says he’s proud of building a ‘progressive, modern correctional facility’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey said Tuesday that at age 78 it’s time to give up the job he has held for 32 years. He cited his age as the main reason he will not …

Amherst Police patrol officers’ union files complaint over hiring civilian flaggers for road projects

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — The union representing Amherst Police patrol officers has filed a complaint with the town contending that several road construction projects by the Department of Public Works since last spring have used civilian flaggers, breaking the terms of its contract, violating state law and creating safety issues. …

Interim town manager says Amherst will likely meet deadline for Comcast agreement

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — The town’s decade-long cable contract with Comcast expires in October, but even though some officials are fretting about the deadline that is eight months away, there is little chance customers will lose service. “As long as both partners want renewal, there’s no risk,” interim town manager …

Northampton water superintendent Gregory Nuttelman to join Easthampton DPW with increased responsibilities

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Northampton water superintendent Gregory Nuttelman has been hired for a similar job in Easthampton. Nuttelman will begin work as the city’s utility supervisor on Feb. 22. He will succeed Tom Newton, who is retiring on Feb. …

Amherst advertising for permanent town manager position

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — An advertisement for the vacant town manager position, which will pay at least $155,000 annually, is posted on the town website and in other online and print publications. The advertisement went public Tuesday morning. “The position is being advertised in a number of publications that are …

‘Percent for Art’ proposal heads to Amherst Town Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A program that would pay for public art to be incorporated into large capital projects will come before Town Meeting this spring. Though the Select Board Monday indicated it would not sponsor the warrant article, members of the Public Art Commission said they intend to bring …

Granby special Town Meeting overwhelmingly approves $34.2 million school project

Monday, February 8, 2016

GRANBY — Voters at a special Town Meeting on Monday overwhelmingly approved a $34.2 million project to renovate the East Meadow School and construct a new building next to it to replace the West Street School. The measure required a two-thirds majority, which it easily achieved. The 387 …

David Streeter of Whately denies drunken driving and other charges after traffic stop

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A Whately man faces drunken driving and other charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating while under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle …

Whately water commissioners consider filters to remove manganese

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — The water commissioners have decided to test filters from two companies to determine how well they can remove manganese from the town’s water supply. The levels are considered higher than acceptable under new government standards and Whately proposed installing a new filtration system. Manganese is a …