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Easthampton police report apparent suicide at Oxbow boat ramp

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A man found dead inside a vehicle early Sunday morning at the Oxbow boat ramp apparently committed suicide, police said. A patrol officer noticed a car in the parking lot of the boat ramp off Route 5 about 3 a.m. Sunday. As the officer pulled up, he heard a popping noise and soon determined that the man in the car had likely shot himself with a gun, according …

Easthampton Planning Board delays to Dec. 8 amended permit for Fort Hill Brewery

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Though the Planning Board on Tuesday spent over two hours fine-tuning the language of an amended special permit for Fort Hill Brewery, it did not vote on the matter, and continued the public hearing to Dec. 8. After accepting documents from Fort Hill and hearing from representatives of the brewery, neighbors and city officials Tuesday, the board is set to vote …

Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that parts of the global warming deal being negotiated in Paris should be legally binding on the countries that sign on, setting up a potential fight with Republicans at home. Obama’s stand won praise at the U.N. climate conference from those who want a …

Two cars broken into, items stolen in Northampton — and other area police news

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Northampton • Police received two reports Sunday of breaking and entering into vehicles the previous night. The first vehicle was on Myrtle Street, and someone smashed out the driver’s side window and unsuccessfully attempted to steal the touch screen stereo. Other items valued at $600 were taken. The …

Authorities have yet to publicly identify body found in Connecticut River in South Hadley

Saturday, November 28, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Authorities have yet to publicly identify the body of a woman recovered from the Connecticut River on Friday. The Northwestern district attorney’s office is investigating and had no new information to report Saturday about the cause of death or identity of the woman, according to …

Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to local, independent retailers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

’Twas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all through the streets, throngs flocked to small stores, seeking unique holiday treats. Dampened somewhat by drizzly skies, shoppers explored Northampton, Amherst and Easthampton on the day after Black Friday, many purposefully …

Christen Longley charged with murder after stabbing death in West Springfield

Saturday, November 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police in West Springfield have charged a woman with murder in the fatal stabbing of another woman during what appeared to be a domestic dispute. Authorities say police responded to a home on Chester Street shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and found 30-year-old Jennifer …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with …

Valley Views: Empty, Full Moon

Friday, November 27, 2015

Empty, Full Moon Park Hill Orchards, Easthampton Bob Solosko, Easthampton On the night of the very bright full moon Oct. 27, my wife, Jean, and I went to Art in the Orchard on Park Hill Road in Easthampton …

Veterans’ Voice: News for area veterans

Friday, November 27, 2015

Announcements SANTA COMES TO TOWN: Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making a stop at the American Legion in Granby for breakfast Dec. 5. Come enjoy a meal with them from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 each with kids under 5 free. Pictures with the …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gorge Apres Gorge 5K Run and 3-Mile Walk — Trail run and walk to benefit Hilltown Land Trust Saturday, Chesterfield Gorge, Ireland Street, Chesterfield. Run, 9:30 a.m.; Walk, 11 a.m. $10 advance; $15 day of; $35 family. www.runreg.com  Hike in Belchertown — Kestrel Land Trust sponsors hike with …

Woman’s body found in Connecticut River in South Hadley

Friday, November 27, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — A woman’s body was found in the Connecticut River in South Hadley on Friday. The Northwestern district attorney’s office is investigating and has yet to determine a cause of death or identify the woman. Chicopee Police said in a Facebook post Friday evening that a …

Husband of Williston faculty member arraigned on gun, other weapons charges

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An investigation that led to gun and other weapons charges against the husband of a Williston Northampton School faculty member began after the man allegedly expressed suicidal thoughts to one of his children and put a …